‘One has to be able to face failure daily and not give up’ – 35 quotes from Indian startup journeys

By Madanmohan Rao|10th May 2015
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From founder vision to team empowerment, 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 May 3 – May 9 with your colleagues and networks, and check back to the original articles for more insights!

One of our first volunteers is now our deputy director.

- Sabbah Haji, Haji Public School

We started from floppy disk and evolved to cloud. From cloud to where?

Bobby Varghese, SysFore

Data can become the game-changer.

- Manisha Raisinghani, LogiNext

One has to be able to face failure daily and not give up.

- Anoop Parik, Teach For India

Failure motivates you to become better and better.

Virender Sehwag

Simpa guarantees a minimum number of installation and service calls to each Solar Technician, providing some security of income.

- Paul Needham, Simpa Networks

Every day 20 children under the age of 14 are killed in road accidents in India.

- Piyush Tewari, SaveLIFE Foundation

Our ultimate goal is to lead an organic revolution in the nation where organic food becomes affordable to all.

- Mallesh Tingali, Purna Organics

My father believed that India’s remarkable economic progress can only be meaningful if it reaches out to rural India.

- Shabana Azmi

I realised the huge divide that exists between English speaking urban rich, and non-English speaking rural poor.

Ankit Chadha, dastango

Exit is the proof of the pudding.

Atim Kabra, Frontline Strategy

There are a lot of good startups coming up in the edu-tech sector, but the problem is their inability to scale.

Zishaan Hayath, Toppr

Plans are nice, but one needs to stay a little flexible.

- Rashi Bajaj, Being Juliet

Feeling like you are on a mission helps you do amazing stuff.

Anil Kumar, MyPromoVideos.com

We know where we want to be. This clarity in thoughts makes our team building, including hiring very simple.

Rakesh Ranjan, Tradelab

Institutions such as the World Bank as well as companies around the globe have acknowledged how important women’s empowerment is for development.

- Pramila Raj Sinha, Ashoka Education

A dream becomes a goal when action is taken towards its achievement.

- Ankita Shroff, SAV Chemicals

Restricting user access and choice for anything is bad. Over 70% of Facebook’s revenue came from mobile ads, but they aren’t shutting their website.

Gaurav Dahake, Buyhatke

For years, climbing has been everything for me; it has given me everything in my life.

Mani Rogers, Para-Climbing Champion

I think it is possible for ordinary people to choose to be extraordinary.

– Elon Musk

I give my 100 per cent to the job. I do not care who the traffic violator is. I have even stopped the SP, and once my father too.

Ranjeet Singh, Indore Police

We needed people who were enthusiastic about serving people rather than doing a job.

Arvind Khanna, One Touch Response

Retail is indeed a constant learning experience.

Namita Ambani, Dial Organic

We also collaborate with outside agencies, because we don’t think everything can and should be invented by us.

Nadir Godrej

The more trial and error we experiment with, the better our odds of truly innovating.

Dhiraj C Rajaram, Mu Sigma

Success is always relative, it’s never complete. It’s not a full stop, it’s just a comma.

– Ashutosh, Aam Aadmi Party

Start your conversation as not a sales pitch but with a story.

Sudip Dutta, Relatas

The startup ecosystem in India is at a very crucial juncture and the next phase of growth is going to be very exciting.

Girish Gupta, Rajasthan Venture Capital Fund

We come from humble backgrounds, but our common passion led us to beat all odds.

Ankush Oswal and Saher Motiwala, HealthBox

Food is a tricky business. It has many moving parts and is very personal to customers.

Amit Raj, Box8

We see huge potential for personalized online live tutoring in India.

Anand Daniel, Accel Partners

To build a tremendous brand, we need the best of people.

Rahul Yadav, Housing

Today, it’s important to see if the founding team really has the conviction in themselves and their ideas.

Bharati Jacob, Seedfund

I did not have a passport when I joined Winjit and within four years, I had to reprint a new passport which shows the scale of exposure I have got.

– Winjit employee

The New York City expansion is in line with our mission of creating a world class digital presence for world wide brands.

Rohan Bhansali, Gozoop

The world is your market, why limit your imagination only to India?

– C.K. Prahalad


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