‘It’s time for us to hack the world’ – 40 quotes from Indian startup journeys

3rd May 2015
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From foodtech to cleantech, 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 26 – May 2 with your colleagues and networks, and check back to the original articles for more insights!


 The emerging markets represent the largest opportunity in online food delivery. - Ralf Wenzel, Foodpanda

A staggering 20 per cent of working professionals skip breakfast, due to the non-availability of healthy, value-for-money food every morning. - Badal Goel, FRSH

70% of our customers order from mobile app. - Manish Jethani, SpoonJoy.com

There were restaurant owners who would complain about their lack of skills to create even a basic website. - Pankit Chheda, Mass Blurb

The food tech industry is very similar to the taxi industry with a lot of real-time logistics and tracking technologies involved. - Aprameya Radhakrishna, TaxiForSure

IRCTC is the second biggest consumer-transacting platform today after Paytm. - Vijay Shekhar Sharma, Paytm

Logistics in furniture and home furnishing is very different from logistics in electronics and fashion. - Vikram Chopra, Fabfurnish

Innate genius isn’t the only way to solve business problems creatively. - Jeanne Liedtka, ‘Design Thinking’

I envisage a day when lawyers will sit in their chambers and argue their cases through video conferencing. - Justice Ram Mohan Reddy

The future of scaleable business models lies in the connections made among data, software, products and services. - Barry Wacksman and Chris Stutzman, ‘Connected by Design’

As an angel investor, I look for capable entrepreneurs entering into a large market size enabled by sound technology. - Ajeet Khurana, investor

If we collectively believe that a successful business can be coupled with philanthropy, we will not only come out with great products, but also create a better society. - Raji Kannan, LensBricks

I truly believe that when you think and dream big, bigger things happen to you. - Vishal Gondal, Goqii

Our farmers don’t have to buy pesticides and fertilizers anymore. - Abhishek Pandey, EMPIWF

The project envisages creating farmer entrepreneurs as well as supplementing income sources of the farming community. - Bikram Singh Majithia, PEDA

With time, we’ve observed a change in our costumers’ aspiration. From just lamps, they start asking for phone chargers, fans, and TV. - Vernie Sannoo, Barefoot Power

I will be happy if our public toilets became so clean that women no longer need PeeBuddy. - Deep Bajaj, PeeBuddy

We ask the space owners to share the picture of their loo. - Jacky Chow, Breathing Room

When young, be bold. Take risks. It’s time for us to hack the world. - Shamik Sharma, Myntra

I hope entrepreneurs do not get swayed by today’s “Dollar Rush” and stay rooted and focused. - Manoj Gupta, Craftsvilla.com

The best part about starting up has been seeing our products travel the world. - Sheena Roy, Mogra

Sixty per cent of the time, influencer campaigns fail because of weak content and unclear guidelines. - Garima Juneja, ViralCurry

Do not be afraid of being wrong; just be afraid of being uninteresting. – T. Carl Whitmer

The number of internet users in India has risen from 50 million in 2007 to more than 300 million by 2014. – Morgan Stanley

We are really hard on ourselves, if there is something we don’t like, how can we expect our users to like it. - Kunal Mahajan, SFT

We want somebody who sees every day as a new chapter to learn and grow, and that’s what I want in everyone. - Saurabh Aggarwal, Octro

We want to become a global company and for that you need to work hard. – Venkatesh, EazyPilot

Every product has a story. - Parama Ghosh, Parama Fabrics

Employees working in a startup have aspirations at multiple levels and the biggest challenge for a founder is fulfilling all of them at once. - Mehul Jobanputra, DesiDime.com

I’m a kid who just got lucky. - Karthik Balakrishnan, ‘Save The Internet’ campaign

I consider myself lucky to have found a balance between my passion and work. – Nageswari, Happy Being

Every individual’s life is unique – build yours the way you want it. - Pallavi Pareek, IPLeaders

My illness gave me a clear message: Always expect the unexpected, fight against the odds, and value relationships be it blood relations or self-made. - Hansa Sinha, Genesys

If women hold on to their values in life and never compromise on the quality of work, they can achieve any heights in their profession. - Ranitha Rajendrasingh, Neha’s Bags

It is one of our rights to have quality recreational family centres. - Roben Dass, Koochie Play

Today, stem cells are perhaps the most researched subject in the medical world. - Vipul Jain, Advancells

This is just the start of an exciting journey, and we are looking forward to bringing more products into India. - Lei Jun, Xiaomi

Music is a source to spread love and honesty. - Anushree Gupta, singer songwriter

As an artist, you are an activist. - Jasmeen Patheja, Blank Noise

I have travelled the world and ultimately here I am – the Silicon Valley of India – Bangalore. - Tina Chulet, Waltzz


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