‘If one does not have the patience of an ocean then one has no future’ – 45 quotes from Indian startup journeys


From team motivation to personal endurance, 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 45 gems and insights from the week of May 17 – May 23 with your colleagues and networks, and check back to the original articles for more insights!


Building a mobile app is like the Kama Sutra… many ways to accomplish “it.” - Manish Jain, MProfit

Restaurants are more than willing to give 30% and 40% discounts for promotions and customer acquisition. - Akash Shrivatsava, EveningFlavors

Every startup needs at least one marathoner per 10 sprinters. - Alina Benny, IEEE Women In Engineering

I want to educate people against blind faith and black magic, things which are still very prevalent in our country. - Rajendra Vinod, film maker

The key challenge faced by would-be disruptive entrepreneurs is to understand the ways in which healthcare remains fundamentally different. - Anand Lakshman, AddressHealth

You need to create a system that both the new and old understand the culture. – Naveen Tewari, InMobi

If one does not have the patience of an ocean then one has no future. – Ashutosh, Aam Aadmi Party

Exercise contributes only 20 per cent to your weight loss. - Megha More, Truweight

Your first office could be your very own hostel room. – Rashmi Bansal

You could scale to be a billion dollar firm while remaining profitable at the same time. - Abhishek Jaiswal, Antilog Vacations

Online real estate is a pretty large market and will remain so till mankind and the Internet exist. - Vivek Agarwal, Realizing

An online marketplace is helping to create a level playing field for angel investors. - Shanti Mohan, LetsVenture

India is fast becoming a nation of creators as well as consumers. Indeed, it’s in this mushrooming of latent creativity that India’s redemption likely lies. – Hindol Sengupta, Fortune India

Business in India is especially different; you need to meet the people, consult them and do a lot of footwork. While it is very exciting, it is a lot of hardwork. - Suhasini Sampat Kumar, Yoga Bars

Mobile has presented an opportunity to create hyper local search and discovery platform. - Nihar Ranjan, advisor

Carrier billing, in general, has wider acceptance from a consumer point of view. – Nickhil Jakatdar, VuClip

Forgiveness, perseverance, belief, adaptability and venturing are five manifestations of courage itself. - Reeta Gupta, The Network

Growth is great, but it’s not the only thing that matters. It’s the success stories of our customers that are hugely rewarding. - Amit Mehta, Unived

It’s a myth that an entrepreneur cannot work in a corporation. It’s all in the mindset. - Prasanna Gokhale, ACT Broadband

Entrepreneurs are creators of ideas and if executed right, creators of a little bit of magic. - Shereen Bhan

If you plan to venture into marketing or commercialisation of any technological product/innovation, be sure to stay away from possible infringement of a patented technology. - Gaurav Singhal, Patracode Services

The cost of funds and lending rates are extremely high in India versus China. - Vivek Hinduja, Matrix and Vectors

Pune has a very vibrant technology and education ecosystem. It has traditionally been a thriving city for entrepreneurship. - Maneesh Bhandari, CIIE Pune

ESOPs are a really good tool for startups to attract and retain talent, but at the same time it’s a bet for the employees. - Rohit Lohad, BusinessSetup

Excited to join @deepakravindran in his next act, @lookup_ Such an amazing person and inspiring entrepreneur. - Biz Stone, Twitter

E-commerce is perhaps the best that the ‘depressed’ logistics sector could ask for. - Areef Patel, Patel Logistics

Failure is a comma, not a full stop. – Ronnie Screwvala, ‘Dream with your eyes open’

We allowed only passionate and determined people who enjoy helping others join us. - Pratik Patel, Nifty Millionaire

We believe that talent is not restricted to a few colleges and with the right training and talent-match, we can get best employees. - Girish Mathrubootham, FreshDesk

As an entrepreneur you just have to learn to delegate. - Manisha Raisinghani, LogiNext

The trick is to surround yourself with the best game changers; inventors, investors, advisors, employees, and customers – who all believe in the same vision. - Pavana Jain, SHIFTMobility

You have to be passionate about whatever you do, and determined, and everything will fall in place. - Archana Sardana, BASE jumper

Products like mobile phones, laptops and televisions generate huge amounts of toxic and non-biodegradable waste. - Ketaki, RentSher

The mere thought of being able to contribute towards an improved society, fills me with an immense amount of positivity and pride. - Shweta Tiwary, Chungi

It’s really okay to experiment with various things till you find something that you are comfortable with, not something someone else wants you to be comfortable with. - Ramya Sriram, The Tap

It’s amazing how similar producing a film and running a startup can be! - Mansi Gandhi, DoctorC

Had I not been an entrepreneur, I surely would have been a dancer. - Ankita Tandon, CouponDunia

I believe music and conservation are two great contributions humans can make to the living world. - Suprabha Seshan, Gurukula Botanical Sanctuary

I am happy to be a poor writer than be a rich man with no love for books. - Laxman Rao, chaiwalla and author

As long as you don’t compete on price and commoditised products, and build great technology and differentiated offerings, money and success will follow. - Karthik Reddy, Blume Ventures

I have learnt the virtue of not being complacent ever in life. - Vidhi Pansari, Happiness Boxed

Working for yourself is the most difficult thing, especially when there are people whose livelihoods depend on you! - Nisha Natarajan, Zariya

Because of child labour there is poverty, illiteracy and sickness in the world. - Kailash Satyarthi, Nobel Laureate

One the most disturbing and a major violation of child’s rights is the practice of child marriage. - Mepung Tadar Bage, Indian Council for Child Welfare

Tribal culture is rich and unique but is facing serious threat of extinction, and must be preserved. - Vikash Das, Vat Vrikshya

Healthcare has to have a social component. - Arjun Sachidanand, SAS Health Care

Suffering from a mental illness does not mean that the individual is sick or insane. - Nirmala Srinivasan, ACMI

My nationality is one of the most important components of my identity. It helped shape my purpose in life. - Akanchha Karki, Playback for Nepal


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