‘Turn scars into stars and turn hurts into halos’ – 35 quotes from Indian startup journeys

‘Turn scars into stars and turn hurts into halos’ – 35 quotes from Indian startup journeys

Sunday March 15, 2015,

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From billing solutions to bio-healthcare, witness the memorable journey of Indian entrepreneurship in these excerpts and stories! StoryBites is a weekly feature from YourStory, featuring notable quotable quotes in our articles of this past week (see the previous post here). Share these 35 gems and insights from the week of March 8-14 with your colleagues and networks, and check back to the original articles for more insights!


All of us in the ecosystem across India, want to challenge each other to greater heights not drag each other into the gutters. – Ravi Gururaj, Frictionless Ventures

Papa is someone we all look up to, and that’s exactly what I want my service to be like. - Rohan Mahajan, HelpMePapa

Creating things that previously did not exist gives you a rush like no other thing can. - Shruti Gupta, Shifu

I find far too many entrepreneurs have a poor understanding of what angels or other investors motivations are. - Srikrishna K., investor

The ecosystem in India is now far advanced, especially when it comes to legal and financial and accounting support for startups in India. – Tanay Tayal, Moonfrog

We are strongly rooted in the belief that ‘customer is king.’ - Rohit Chadda, Foodpanda

As Indians we want to look good. Social acceptance matters to us as a culture. - Harpreet Singh Grover, angel investor

Innovation is temporary. Even Apple’s advantage is temporary. - David Godber, Elmwood

I am proud to see an Indian brand like InMobi having global footprints. - Sumit Jain, CommonFloor

The key metrics on usage of the DailyRounds app by the doctors was compelling enough for us to make an investment. - Sasha Mirchandani, Kae Capital

We plan to build 100 million wallets by this year end. – Vijay Shekar Sharma, Paytm

The real test to success is the feedback that you receive from your customers and peers. - Laxman Papineni, AppVirality

In India, over 45 million trips are being completed daily through auto rickshaws. The total number of autos in India is more than 10 times the number of taxis. - Samar Singla, Jugnoo

An app on a watch doesn’t replace an app on the phone, it complements it. - Andrew Sinkov, Evernote

As many as 18 lakh jobs get created in media and entertainment per year in India. - Ganesh HS, FilmySphere

The difference between the highest and the lowest rates for iOS app development is about 30x. - Ashwin Ramasamy, ContractIQ

Healthcare will form a rising share of the household budget. Genome mapping is at the frontier of technological innovation. – Satveer Singh Thakral, Singapore Angel Network

The online grocery market is set to grow very rapidly in India over the coming years. - NitanChatwal, Shrem Strategies

Anyone can start a business, but not many can sustain one or make it scale. - Naveen Bachwani, ThinkShop.in

A startup should not hire a PR firm till they have customers as proof-of-concept. - Shalini Singh, Galvanise PR

Billing is an amazing opportunity for conversation with customers but also a point of friction if not done well. - Krish Subramanian, ChargeBee

Turn scars into stars and turn hurts into halos. – Selena Nunes, PitStop

Challenges have always been my driving force. - Sneh Sharma, Ittisa

When life hands you a box of negatives; develop them. - Stella Joyce Machado, Stella Studios

Women can have it all if they shrug off the burden of guilt. - Yukti Mehandiratta, Concept Exhibitions

We try to build an environment which makes the team feel like family. - Aneesha Dalal and Nirali Malji, Cupcakes and Closet

Start up when you think you have a great idea to start with; for all you know, that idea might solve a problem for someone. – Biswa Pujarini Mohapatra, Hostelnpg

One retired teacher, blind in one eye, offered us to donate his healthy eye for research. - K Chandrasekhar, Forus Health

Most Indian companies have not yet begun to understand how climate change will affect them. This is all the more true for India’s MSMEs. – SIDBI/GIZ report

Treat the suffering of others as your own and help them. The joy that you will experience is unmatched and fulfilling. – D.R. Mehta, BMVSS

Enterprise social collaboration is one of the fastest growing enterprise software segments globally. - Convergence Services

Even most competent humans can, will and should commit mistakes. - Shivam Singla, National Law School

Nearly two million people die prematurely from illness attributable to indoor air pollution from household solid fuel use. – World Health Organisation

Practice privately; win publicly: this applies to conversations and almost everything important in life. - Rajesh Setty, author

The games and apps market in India is expected to be around Rs 2,700-crore by 2016. - Avendus Capital Research

Entrepreneurship has its own taste, pleasure and fun. Those who dare, choose their own way. - Sahil Verma, PureMart


YourStory has also published the pocketbook ‘Proverbs and Quotes for Entrepreneurs: A World of Inspiration for Startups’ as a creative and motivational guide for innovators (downloadable as apps here: Apple, Android).