‘Let’s go build our own India success story’ – 40 quotes from Indian startup journeys


From mobile India to Make in India, 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 12 – April 18 with your colleagues and networks, and check back to the original articles for more insights!

 Training is the key to instill professionalism.

Naman Lahoty, Doormint

The problem of local services is elegantly solved with smartphone based reverse auction/booking solution.

- SubrataMitra, Accel India

A simple and easy-to-use app is extremely important; users must see a clear value proposition and experience it as soon as possible.

Viraj Shah, Niffler

You’re writing software, not building a car. You can perfect it even after it has been shipped.

- Gaurav Gupta, Hackr.io

In today’s connected world, users can themselves decide and design what they want.

- Smonath Meher, Witworks

Crowd financing helps weave in infinite and largely untapped resources.

- Rajat Gandhi, Faircent.com

While the UK and Russia have been tea drinking nations since decades, USA is just turning from a coffee drinking nation to a tea drinking one.

- Srinidhi Chokhani, The Tea Shelf

Coffee is soon becoming a lifestyle drink.

- Ashish Dabreo, The Flying Squirrel

Do it if you are passionate about it, otherwise you are going to regret it.

- Agam Gupta, Quickcompany.in

Design as a field allows you to work at the intersection of many different streams.

- Arushi Aggarwal, The Initiative

There is still a barrier to what a girl can dream.

- Shravya Nalla, Presidency Kids Preschools

After two years in a family run diamond business, I felt like it was time to move on and find a new project, a new passion.

- Steve Khod, Zywie

If the desire or wish is sincere then with hard work one will eventually reach one’s goal.

- Sailaja Theerdhala, Kiyaa

Perseverance, discipline, and hard work are the key aspects to keep in mind while pursuing any artistic discipline.

- Subhadra Desai, classical vocalist

Running a venture is like growing a baby.

- Wricha Johari, WAY

The hard stuff is easy. It’s the soft stuff which is hard.

- Ray Stata, Analog Devices

We see massive growth in the modular furnishing market in India.

- Prashanth Prakash, Partner, Accel Partners

India wants a reliable brand of budget hotels that is available at every locality within a city.

- Paavan Nanda, Zo Rooms

APAC’s fragmented lodging landscape still suffers from low online penetration compared to Europe and US.

- Amit Anand, Jungle Ventures

There would be a day we would be called the Victoria’s Secret of India.

- Mansyee Pabrekar, Pink Mud

Let’s go build our own India success story.

- Ravi Gururaj, Frictionless Ventures

You have to keep up with the modern times and adapt yourself to the changing market demands or else perish.

- Nijesh Shah, Sapna Infoway

The new generation knows how to strike a balance between sentimental value and utilitarian value of something.

- Amna Abbasi, Etashee

More and more students are willing to work for startups because there is a lot of awareness now, and the stigma of working for one has drastically reduced.

- Vishranth Suresh, IIT-Madras

Technology has seen very little penetration in the restaurant industry.

- Arun Tangri, MapleGraph

India received USD 70 billion, China USD 64 billion, the Philippines USD 28 billion in remittances.

- Kaushik Basu, World Bank

A potential work force that makes more informed choices by experiential learning and work culture immersion could, and should, be the future of our nation.

- Aditya Gandhi, Purple Squirrel Eduventures

The Ugly Indian is an idea. An attitude that accepts that all of us are ugly Indians, and only we can save us from ourselves.

The Ugly Indian

5% of Indian youth (n=275 males) in the age group 18-25 years have addictive use of social networking sites and 24% (n=350-200 females and 150 males) have problematic usage of internet.


Can you raise too little money? Absolutely.

- K. Srikrishna, Zebu Games

Entrepreneurs have started focusing more on the fundable startup ideas.

- Sanjay Nath, Blume Ventures

The digital medium is throwing up surprises by the minute.

- Shajesh Menon, Younion

People shouldn’t find the need to own a car.

- Bhavish Aggarwal, Ola

Why not make something the poor can afford and use.

- Manshuk Lal Prajapati, Mitticool

Once you get operationally involved, it becomes very hard to invest time in team building.

- Ashmeet Kapoor, I Say Organic

Organic agriculture is one way of ensuring environmental sustainability.

- Avishek Gupta, Caspian

$96 billion was pumped into organisations dealing with clean tech by venture and private funding in the US.

- New Energy Finance

One day, every child will be able to get quality education using their parents’ smartphones in less than Rs25per month.

- Samir Jain, BodhaGuru

We at Flipkart have always strongly believed in the concept of net neutrality, for we exist because of the Internet.

- Flipkart

India needs more job creators.

Deepak Menaria, LemonIdeas

Sincerity is the sum of all moral qualities.

- Dr. B R Ambedkar

I believe stories are wisdom disguised as entertainment.

Ameen Haque, Storywallahs


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