‘Experience is a harsh but efficient teacher’ – 50 quotes from Indian startup journeys

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From e-learning to experiential learning, 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 50 gems and insights from the week of June 7-13 with your colleagues and networks, and check back to the original articles for more insights!

 Find right partners, who are doers not speculators.

Gopikrishna Kannan

While entrepreneurs are special breeds, their spouses are no less.

- Shweta Choudhary Judge, ‘Being an Entrepreneur’s Wife’

There is more demand for drivers than supply.

- Mahesh Gidwani, Drivekool

Over time, the dominant business model of e-commerce players has settled on the marketplace model.

- Anand Daniel, Accel Partners

The sports merchandise market in India is pegged around Rs 5,000 crore.

- Aashay Shah, Goalsquad.com

A copied image can never communicate your ideals and vision.

- Garima Juneja, ViralCurry

Bake security into your code.

- Shikhil Sharma, Czar Securities

A very sharply articulated brand is critical in building private labels.

- Rajiv Shrivastava, Urban Ladder

I keep my books in the cab and make it a point to study between bookings.

Paramjit, student driver

Your startup learnings may not be useful for a corporate job, but it will be an asset for another startup.

- Pardeep Goyal

For a startup, the milestone before institutional funding is to get the model right.

- Samar Singla, Jugnoo

Now, I earn less, but I enjoy it much more.

- Nistha Tripathi, counsellor

For some users push notification is the product itself.

- Sujayath Ali, Voonik

Sharing is caring, always give back to the society.

- Karthik Bhat

Nearly 800 women die every day due to complications in pregnancy and childbirth.

– World Health Organisation

Only 25.3% of children in third grade can do a simple two digit subtraction in India.

- ASER Report 2014

India accounts for 32% of the world’s suicides.

- World Mental Health Survey 2010

Chronic diseases are fast becoming a major health risk for a majority of Indians, largely due to factors relating to the changing modern lifestyle.

- Pankaj Singh, La Renon Healthcare

I personally believe there’s a sort of ‘propaganda’ that pro-environment is anti-development.

- Ritu Bhardwaj, Common Thread

Most of the time, people assume that you (as a woman) are not running the business or not the final one in charge.

- Nidhi Agarwal, Kaaryah

We have some great talent, but risk taking abilities are low. They end up working with big companies.

- Deepak Abbot, Times Internet

If anything happens to me, I want the company to still run.

- Roshni Mahtani, Tickled Media

Pay attention to every email, every comment. Drive conversations. As many as you can.

- Blaze Arizanov, StayUncle

We are witnessing the first generation of startups in India as a mass movement.

Rajesh Kumar, Tata Elxsi incub@TE

We can build smarter cities in the bottom-up way than top down.

- Tavleen Mehendiratta, Smart City Labs.io

We believe in stories with happy beginnings.

- Amrita Samant, Mommy Shots

Challenges have always been my driving force. They are my greatest source of strength.

– Sneh Sharma, Ittisa

We mercilessly rejected, and continue to reject, so many samples and vendors until we get what we want.

- Giridhar Soundarajan, Barrel Exhaust

This business is as much about technology (maybe even more) as it is about food.

- Prateek Agarwal, Bite Club

For the front-end, which drives execution and business growth for any organisation, there is no standard process or platform that can be adopted to enhance its effectiveness.

- Ranjeet Kumar, Applicate

Without making mistakes you cannot learn and become better.

- Sachit Singhi, Stayzilla

Once you are alone with nature and world around you nothing else matters.

- Kedarnath GM, JSW Steels

Sugarcane is one of the most affordable health drinks.

- Kaushik Srinivasan, CaneXpress

‘Ignorance of law’does not legally excuse one from payment of interest, penalty and prosecution.

- Alok Patnia, Taxmantra.com

A lot of uproar about the funding and valuations is because this is happening for the first time in India.

- Albinder Dhindsa, Grofers

People do not want to browse through pages of listings. They expect things to be done in a matter of few taps on the mobile phone.

- Deepak Singhal, Qyk

Always chose learning over cash and other considerations.

- Ashok Soota, Happiest Minds

Experience is a harsh but efficient teacher.

- Udhay Kumar Padmanabhan, ABOVE Solutions

The speed of the train is the speed of the engine. It’s about leading.

- Subhashish Acharya, Project Starfish

If you wait until you are ready, it is almost certainly too late.

Seth Godin

Our greatest reward is when we see the transformation of these hobbyists into professional painters.

– Gagan Jain, Rang Rage

Our brains are actually wired for storytelling.

- Sanchit Bansal, Cruxtor

Schools and learning centres have very high sales cycles and surviving via B2B business channels is impossible in the long run.

- Jairam Bhattacharya, ConveGenius

It is imperative to convert a negative chronological landmark to a positive one.

- Reeta Gupta, The Network

Many NGOs suffer in paucity of funds. Even though they are doing tremendous social work, owing to non-recognition, they don’t get their due credibility. 

- Vipul Aggarwal, CrebeTech

As big data analytics is in its infancy in India today, huge efforts would need to be made to improve the quality of data stored by organisations and enterprises.

- Srikant Sastri, Crayon Data

Why should only Batman and Spiderman wear cool gloves?

- Pratik Saraogi, Oxstren

My family is the biggest motivation.

- Reena Bino, Knit n Purl Ocean

Never self pity yourself.

- Nirmala Kewlani, Nina Foundation

Bangalore’s 3,000 million litres of rainfall needs to be harvested.

- S. Vishwanath, ‘The Hindu’

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).