‘You can adopt, pivot but you can’t quit in between’ – 50 quotes from Indian startup journeys

‘You can adopt, pivot but you can’t quit in between’ – 50 quotes from Indian startup journeys

Sunday June 07, 2015,

6 min Read

From cultural rediscovery to mental resilience, 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 May 31 – June 6 with your colleagues and networks, and check back to the original articles for more insights!

The food services industry is at a point of inflection.

- Deepak Shahdadpuri, DSG Consumer Partners

The renewable energy sector is estimated to generate two million green jobs in the next decade.

- Upendra Tripathy, Energy Secretary

The Indian government recently set an ambitious goal of adding 100 Gigawatt of solar capacity and 75 GW from other renewable sources by 2022 at over USD 100 billion investment.

- Samir Brikho, Amec Foster Wheeler

Over the next 15 years, chronic diseases will cost India Rs 280 trillion.

- Vishal Bali, Medwell Ventures

Unless, the hazardous waste is excavated and disposed off safely, the toxic contamination will continue to maim generations to come.

- Nawab Khan, Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Purush Sangharsh Morcha

The art industry is an extremely opaque place, and runs like an old-boys-school network.

- Sandip Malik, Prime Collector

The fundamental problems in buying a pre-owned car are the delayed processes and the hassle.

- Shubh Bansal, Truebil

Marketplace models are most attractive.

- Teruhide Sato, BEENOS

The beauty and wellness industry in India will be US$13 billion by 2017.


My biggest joy is that I am able to connect with people through my art .

– Aarohi Singh

The impact that my work reflects is my biggest motivating factor.

– Megha Bhagat, CSR consultant

I try to find a bridge between animals and humans.

- Divya Patwa

The pressure and risk factors are very high but the learnings are exceptional.

- Rupal Yogendra, Stayzilla

The refreshed brand identity, including the new logo, is a reflection of our promise to our stakeholders.

- Shoumyan Biswas, Flipkart

Money is a by-product if you are doing your job well.

- Namit Malhotra, Prime Focus Limited

The edge will become a new frontier of value.

- Rob van den Dam, IBM

We call our colleagues during the day, spouse in the evening, friend and family on weekends. But our phone books don’t understand and adopt based on this information.

- Prashant Singh, Signals

Allowing every small farming household to unlock the true economic potential of their assets is the only way India can build a richer economy while maintaining harmony.

- Kartik Srivatsa, Aspada Investment Advisors

The ultra poor smallholders have to be self-sufficient not only in operation, but also in smaller maintenance factors.

- Trupti Jain, Bhungroo

Building business without accountability to investors rarely creates value.

- Abhimanyu Bhosle, LiveHealth

It’s just satisfying to know that whatever talent and opportunities you’ve been gifted with, you are able to do something back for the society too.

- Raghu Kanchusthambham, ConceptWaves

Every culture has something different to offer.

- Akanksha Arora, Amrapali

Tiger Global will invest in everything large.

- Nitin Saluja, Chaayos

VR is a huge un-captured market.

- Shubham Mishra, Team Absentia

We quickly realized that unless we solved the real business problem of the end user, Big Data will not have a significant impact on the customer.

- Anurag Shah, Aureus Analytics

As India wakes up to the power of digital education, device manufacturers need to prepare for delivering specific educational content and services.

- Krish Kupathil, Mobiliya

What a waste of life if you stay in a company where no one inspires you.

- Pardeep Goyal

If your glass of water is always full, you will not bother to fill it. Only if it is empty, will you seek out a way to find water.

- Sharanyan Sharma, Extreme-Seo.net

In Bangalore, across five RTOs, almost 1300 vehicles are registered everyday.

- Chetan Chauhan, Constapark

Air pollution in Bangalore has increased on an average by 34% between 2002 and 2010.

- Tel Aviv University

We’ve had concerts where the audience was completely unaware that musicians were blind and got shocked when they found it out at the end of the performance!

- Sunil J. Mathew, SRVC

New mothers always find it difficult to adjust to their dual roles. Our intent here is to slowly get them acclimatised to this dual role and eventually get them comfortable with work life.

- Abhay Singhal, InMobi

Step out of your comfort zones and look for opportunities.

- Natalie Di Luccio

Never stop learning.

- Jas Charanjiva

I am motivated enough to reach my destination.

- Meghna Saraogi, StyleDotMe

Women are the way forward.

- Yasraj Akashi, TEDx India

Each of us, regardless of gender, has been affected by the messages we’ve received, little by little, over the course of our lives.

- Ellen Petry Leanse

Independence is key to today’s generation.

- Navendu Saxena, Let Me Drive

Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.

- Margaret Mead

The idea of a free meal in school, at least, helps ensure that the child attends his classes regularly!

- Seema Kamble, 3.2.1

The combination of voice and analytics is a very interesting concept.

- Ranjith Menon, IDG Ventures

It is heartening to see a surge in the number of Indian enterprises that want to adopt mobile technology to get a competitive edge and for customer delight.

- Onkar Singh, 42Gears

Location is the new cookie for the physical world.

- Asif R. Khan, Location Based Marketing Association

We’re gearing up for battle.

- Abhiroop, TaskBob

Emotional eating has been a part of India.

Naresh Prajapati, Spoonzo

India(n) tech product startups face two challenges: Discovery & Readiness.

- Sanat Rao, iSPIRT

Algorithms are already driving 60 per cent of the rentals from NetFlix.

- George Chua, Celcom Axiata

Continuous innovation will be the key to sustenance.

- Pranat Bhadani, Medyog

After sales service is a huge problem in India.

- Harmin Shah, HandyHome

Young Indians are at the helm of India turning into a consumption driven economy, they are more social and online than before.

- Ankit Singh, MyPoolin

It is very challenging to keep growing while maintaining the highest standards.

Arushi Sachdeva, Sandwedges

You can adopt, pivot but you can’t quit in between.

- Lohith Vrushabendrappa, Fairket


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