‘The floodgates are opening for billion dollar startups out of India’ – 40 quotes from Indian startup journeys


From startup valuations to Net neutrality, 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 40 gems and insights from the week of April 5 – April 11 with your colleagues and networks, and check back to the original articles for more insights!

 About sacrifices, we love what we do, so there are none.

- Riswin M.H., Reinwo Labs

If you can’t hook an audience in the first ten minutes then you have lost them.

- Aabid Surti, cartoonist, Bahadur comics

The Dabbawalas of Mumbai are one of the most reliable and trusted brands in the city.

- Neeraj Aggarwal, Flipkart

If Germans can count their GDP on automotive industry, why can’t we?

- Jitendra Kindram, SuperCars

People don’t invest enough time to discover themselves.

- Shilpa Malik, Bio Scan

Branding is even more important for B2B players because their offerings have become increasingly commoditized.

- Meeta Malhotra, Brand Union

Nespresso format coffee is currently estimated to be north of $10 billion globally and the Indian market is estimated at around INR 200 crores ($33 million).

Kunal Bhagat, Bonhomia

Am I a feminist? No. I simply want a balanced society.

- Pallavi Pareek, iPleaders

There is something to be learnt from everyone and everything and learning is what helps us grow.

- Asha de Vos, marine biologist

India has beautiful art and talent; it’s unbelievable that there is so little recognition of it.

- Niha Novacaine, cosplay artist

We need to not just think and live out of the box but destroy the box.

- Cheelu Chandran, DeBox

India is nearing an inflection point with changes playing out in three areas that are giving birth to exciting startup financial services models: MSME finance, digital payments, and consumer services.

- Rishabh Khosla, Venture Lab

Exemplifying success stories is the best way of spreading awareness and gaining social interest.

– Shrikant Gajbhiye, Bee The Change

There are a lot of young companies with fantastic ideas but without the right support, most of them will die.

- Deepam Mishra, i2India

Only those who get the vision will stick with us because they relate to the dream.

- Sameer A M, Squadro.in

Basketball is one of the fastest growing sports in India.

- Team Ekalavyas

For a country of 1.2 billion people, there are only 4,500 psychiatrists, most of who are based out of Tier 1 and 2 cities.

- Manoj Chandran, White Swan Foundation

I believe that the floodgates are opening for billion dollar startups out of India.

- Vani Kola, Kalaari Capital

Keep your ears very close to customers. They are your biggest asset.

- Nipun Katyal, Fizzy Food Labs

Companies in India are paying five to six times more to data centres outside the country, especially to places like Singapore.

- Narendra Sen, Emax Global

A better, more nuanced, more informed Net Neutrality debate can only make the legislation better.

- Sean Blagsvedt, Babajob.com

Fundamentally, net neutrality is about equal access to the Internet.


What will happen when most of the Internet in India is inside a walled garden?

- Nikhil Pahwa, MediaNama

Startups that are advised or mentored by another successful founder are three times as likely to have a great exit.

- Endeavor Network

The effective use of technology is a common factor between all leading global companies the world over.

- Vikram Upadhyaya, GHV Accelerator

Success in e-commerce is attributed to companies having control & visibility on their supply chain logistics experience.

- Sanjay Mehta, LogiNext

A true entrepreneur must stand his ground in the face of adversity and conflict.

Naveen Bachwani, ThinkShop

Being an entrepreneur is not about being your own boss. It’s about loving what you do.

- Keerthi Kadam, 100rupis

We don’t want all our Flipkarts, Quickheals and InMobis to donate their billions of dollars of wealth to some other country.

- Sharad Sharma, iSPIRT

It’s great to have competition in the space, it pushes us all to work even harder and serve better experiences to the customers.

- Sriharsha Majety, Swiggy

Small wins that demonstrate real progress provides proof to the external world that something meaningful is happening in this startup.

- Rajesh Setty, ‘Writing Zero’

We need believers to walk with us.

- Neha Prakash, Small Town

Many a times, we see replication of existing ideas from elsewhere but there is no need to reinvent the wheel every time.

- Sanjay Nath, Blume Ventures

Customers usually choose COD for first three deliveries and later embrace online payment mode to avoid hassle for change etc.

Albinder Dhindsa, Grofers

Given the political uncertainty, we sometimes have to call off classes for weeks; a mobile device with the appropriate content will be helpful in such situations.

- Mubeen Masudi, RISE Kashmir

People do not want to dedicate long hours in reading manuals or sit through trainings to understand a business.

- Khadim Batti, WhatFix

SME sector is the backbone of the Indian economy and has the maximum number of players.

- Bhartesh Chhibbar, HeyBiz

I always advise people who come to the startup world from the corporate set-up to give up on the habit of expecting a support system.

- Vivek Bihani, Bedrock Venture

Welcome to the hustle!

- Nandu Madhava, mDhil


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