‘Bangalore’s startup scene is one of the most thriving ones in the world’ – 35 quotes from Indian startup journeys

5th Apr 2015
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From startup metrics to comics conventions, 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 29 – April 4 with your colleagues and networks, and check back to the original articles for more insights!

 In the world of smartphones, we are still stuck with the conventional ways of finding locations.

- Ritam Bhatnagar, wWhere

Where are the business metrics, not just the traffic metrics?

TiE Mobile Product Showcase

We also registered the name “Alimama”, in case someone wants to marry us!

Jack Ma, AliBaba

I take business problems and break them down into small experiments we can test. That’s how we manage risk.

- Aditya Julka, Paddle8

Only if you fail can you learn.

- Rajeev Baphna, Analyttica

The right kind of failure – small-scale, reversible, informative, linked to broader goals, and designed to illuminate key issues – paves the way to success.

- Anjali Sastry and Kara Penn, ‘Fail Better’

Learning from the successes (and mistakes) of individuals who have gone through the same process is paramount to accomplishing your goals.

Ramesh, automobile engineer

You have to pull yourself up. Ultimately, it’s up to you.

- Lalitha Kumaramangalam, National Commission for Women

If you’re doing all you can and still falling short then it may be time for some hard decisions.

- Rashmi Khurana, Clarion Venture Partners

The rule is maintaining a fine balance between how much you can do and how much you want to do.

- Ajit Singh, Anant Services and Development

It’s hard to digest that half of the world’s population lives on an income less than Rs 150 ($2.50) per day.

- Shriyans Bhandari, Greensole

There is quirky comedy and I feel like Bangaloreans do a lot of story-telling. There are like five open mics in a week in Bangalore, in Mumbai there are like four in a month.

- Kaneez Surka, comedian

I want to tell women to never hold back when it comes to career.

- Apoorva Giri, Iviz Security

When I train, I train really hard because that is what really matters.

- Saina Nehwal, Badminton World No.1

You can’t put the crop and expect them to grow.

- Tejini Kariappa, Estrada

The energy you’ll expend focusing on someone else’s life is better spent working on your own. Just be your own idol.

- Sophia Amoruso, GirlBoss

For an action to be sustainable, you must be able to perform it indefinitely.

- Derrick Jensen and Aric McBay, authors

With the Swachh Bharat campaign kicking in, waste-management and cleanliness is gaining more attention.

- Debartha Banerjee, Sampurn(e)arth

Every new viral product today is something that people never knew they wanted.

- Vignesh Natarajan, Arizona State University

Seventeen billion dollars. That is what the business of yoga is worth in the US.

Akshar, Yoga Alliance International

Bangalore’s startup scene is one of the most thriving ones in the world.

- Rohit Kumar, Siemens Technology and Services

Through Target Accelerator, we could scale our product to a Fortune 30 retailer.

- Sriram Ganesh, Whodat

I realized there was no particular need for me in the family business.

- Aakrit Vaish, Haptik

The share of digital origination of credit is poised to grow from today’s 7.5% to 40% over the next four years in an INR 400,000 crore (USD 67bn) retail credit market growing at 20% annually.

Tejasvi Mohanram, RupeePower

My mission is to bring a billion people online.

- Rajat Bansal, Hike

All academies know they cannot survive without going online.

Harman, WizIQ

We are teaming up with startups to stay on top of the innovation game.

- Peter Mitchell, Mondeléz International

What is this hue and cry about Standard Essential Patents?

- Gaurav Singhal, PatraCode

Out of 10 startups, more than five do not have any knowledge about legal terms.

- Agam Gupta, QuickCompany.in

First, quit reading about who’s raising how much money.

K. Srikrishna, Zebu Games

Should we create mythology, contemporary stories or heroes?

Jatin Varma, ComicCon India

Most of the marketplaces in this country have a dormant merchant base. If you see India, it’s not more than 5,000 merchants selling online.

- Vijay Shekhar Sharma, Paytm

Every satisfied customer is a brand ambassador.

- Shivam Singla, Bhukkad

In real life, every pivot is filled with blood, guts and glory – probably way more than what you might have imagined.

- Rajesh Setty, author

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).


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