‘Your company culture is an extension of yourself’ – 45 quotes from Indian startup journeys


From e-commerce valuations to founder values, 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 June 14-20 with your colleagues and networks, and check back to the original articles for more insights!

 It’s true that the valuations (of e-commerce) are very high and valuation seems to be driving these companies more than the traditional matrix of evaluation. – Ratan Tata

What keywords would you use when searching for a business similar to yours? – Anand, DiggDigital

Bad news takes the escalator and good news takes the stairs. - Startup Saturday panel

I know our initial days aren’t going to be great because we are still struggling to make revenues. - Paras Waykole, Vovero

For the carbon emission amounts that our vehicles still produce, we will plant one tree per cab per month. - Bhaskar Chavda, myofficecab

It is the entrepreneurs, and the entrepreneurs alone, who wield the most potent weapons of mass reconstruction. - Sramana Mitra, One Million by One Million

We are on a mission to Healthify India. - Tushar Vashist, HealthifyMe

You should always be ready to unlearn and be humble. - Vivek Padmanabhan, LocalOye

Mobile games are gradually capturing the market. - Manvendra Shukul, Lakshya Digital

It is important to experience rejection because without it, success would never seem as sweet. - Chinmay Deodhar

Although, I have been living outside of Manipur for the past 23 years, I’ve always yearned to contribute something to my home state and the North-East. - Meghanath Singh, Giskaa

Leaving Microsoft to start my own company was by far the most pivotal moment in my career. - Ruchit Garg, 9slides

Your company culture is an extension of yourself. - Pardeep Goyal

Entrepreneurs need to reflect deeply on problems around them to come up with ideas. – Prof. Sabarinathan, IIM Bangalore

Your opinion matters in a startup. - Kaustubh Sharma, Enactus NSIT

Put your head down, be humble, and work collectively. – Anand Sankar, Springfinity.com

The future of adtech is extremely bright. - Anubhav Sonthalia, Sokrati

Everyone must party without being stressed out about the huge money spent. - Ritika Nangia, Funcart.in

The major challenge is that we Indians play the wait-and-watch game with technology. - Venkat Nallapati, BeaconStream

The need is beyond just a comparison platform. - Vineet Jain, LoanStreet.in

With digital video poised to dominate internet traffic, we expect that media spends will shift toward digital video. - Zubin Sarkari, Glamrs

India represents a market and culture that is rich in culinary heritage. - Cherian Thomas, Cucumbertown

I thought we startups are trying to provide essential and interesting services to people’s homes, and here our city’s streets are a dump. - Abhiraj Bhal, UrbanClap

Artists in this country, have a hard time selling their finished products, thanks to piracy or low demand for products. – Anshulika, Wishberry

As competitive as any field, music is tough, filled with money, tears and a lot of sacrifices. - Prathibha Easwaran, Christ University

Pet owners do not mind spending hefty amounts on their pets if they get high quality service in return. - Priya Poduval, Peppy Paws

The only way a new brand can gain attention is by being dangerously creative in its marketing campaign. - Sushant Saini

If you want to be a public speaker, be honest. - RJ Danish

The stage gives you an unmatched adrenaline rush. - Rashmi Shetty, Ra Skin and Aesthetics

There need to be lot more museums. Attitudes have to change, people should stop by the museum instead of the mall on their day off. - Jyotsna Shrama, YellowOchre

I had come to Bengaluru in 2007, and the music scene here is like nowhere else. – Vineet, Hysteria

E-commerce companies won’t be able to compete with the cost structure of hyperlocal. - Neeraj Jain, Zopper

Mobile phones have almost become an extension of ourselves. - Kumar Shiralagi, Kalaari Capital

Tech-savvy individuals between 20 and 35 years are changing the ways of trading on the stock markets. - Vikas Singhania, Trade Smart Online

We ourselves can work to make the world a better place – all we need to do is step up and take the initiative. - Mohini Pandey, Learning Circles

Can your written complaint in English be read by the police who know only Kannada say in the case of Bangalore? - Dona Fernandes, Vimochna

It is one thing to read about poverty and other thing when you actually work with the poor and experience poverty. - Reemaben Nanavathy, SEWA

Finding good clinical or administrative staff in smaller cities is a challenge. – Vikram Vuppala, NephroPlus

Soap provides dignity. I believe it’s a right to be clean. - Erin Zaikis, Sundara

People think organic products are expensive, so there’s a big mental block. - Swati Maheshwari, Rustic Art

Travel makes you better at work and at home. – Adwaita Nayar, Nykaa

We burn fats, you earn blessings. – Soham, Earn Blessings

The aim is to extend the life of a mobile device as much as possible, and when it cannot be extended any further, to recycle it responsibly. - Akshat Ghiya, Karma Recycling

Unless you push yourself physically and mentally, you don’t know what you can truly achieve. - Purnima Madhava

We are stressing upon and encouraging people on adding more toilets and rating them for other users of the app. – Avignyata, PeeProvider

Most existing IT solutions are not built by people who understand development – they haven’t seen rural reality. - Swapnil Agarwal, Dhwani RIS

Women from small towns have taken hold of opportunities to showcase their talent, represent their country and stand victorious. – O.P.Padma, Delhi University


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