‘Be your original self, an original always holds more worth than a copy’ – 40 quotes from Indian startup journeys


From storytelling to scaling, 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 40 gems and insights from the week of August 22-28 with your colleagues and networks, and check back to the original articles for more insights!

 Being an entrepreneur in spirit, though, I could never stop at just writing content.

- Ajay Jain, Kunzum Cafe

Food is a hyperlocal phenomenon.

- Abhishek Mandal, Petoo

Solve complex and tough problems. There are times when they look impossible, but that is the reason they have remained unsolved until now.

- Nishith Sharma, Frrole

Time for entrepreneurs to strap down, don’t waste cash.

- Nikesh Arora, Softbank

Work hard enough long enough and you will spout your own miracles.

- Hritesh Lohiya, Priti International

Ignoring the profitability will bring the bust closer than it might happen otherwise.

- PK Khurana, Cafe Jade

E-commerce companies usually have a longer gestation period and this results in investors focusing more on the topline in the immediate term.

- Aviral Jain, American Appraisals

A startup is the largest group of people you can convince of a plan to build a different future.

Peter Thiel, ‘Zero to One’

The heroes of India are the new entrepreneurs.

Mohandas Pai, Manipal Global Education

Kids are not going to wait till the system sorts itself out.

- Jehan Ara, PASHA

As long as you’re doing great work people will notice you.

Shashank ND, Practo

People don’t realise how their life experiences can become incredibly compelling stories.

- Annette Simmons, The Story Factor

Do not to listen to most of the people and their gyan. In today’s chaos, it’s way more important to listen to yourself.

Aniket Awati, Twist

After China, the Indian leisure travel segment is possibly the largest growing tourism segment.

- Hari Nair, HolidayIQ

The Indian real estate space is full of many different players, each with different USPs, but the market is big enough for many players.

- Kiran Kulkarni, Propertyloop

Image intelligence and virtual dressing rooms are the holy grail for fashion and e-commerce.

- Sujayath Ali, TrialKart

The power of mobile learning can truly be felt in far-flung rural areas.

- Krish Kupathil, Mobiliya

I don’t think learning should be a skill, it should be a habit.

- Aniket, Baramati

Education is a birth right. It can change a person’s life; it can change a village.

- Uttam Teron, Parijat Academy

If you combine the intercity and intracity cab space it’s close to USD 15 billion dollars.

- Rajnish Kumar, ixigo

The wedding industry in India is never affected by the economic slowdown.

- Neeta Raheja, Very Truly Yours, Bespoke Weddings

Wellness is the next frontier for tech-led disruption.

- Rajesh Raju, Kalaari Capital

Today’s diners are more aware and want to know about the origin of food on their table.

- Sabyasachi Gorai, Lavaash

A creative business idea is a sudden inspiration.

- Lloyd Shefsky, Kellogg School

Turn-around time for hardware is a lot longer than a software product.

- Vibhav Joshi, Sattva MedTech

Design is an unstoppable force.

- Anil Kumar, MyPromoVideos.com

There is no such thing as ‘temporary’ or ‘short-term’ PR.

- Juhee Bagri, VED Council

The need today is to create digital channels and load more outlets where people can pay and receive, rather than just transact.

Vijay Shekhar Sharma, Paytm

Payment is a significant element in any transaction in the digital world today.

- Rushil Goel, Ola Money

Every Indian wants to be an entrepreneur!

- Bhavish Aggarwal, Ola Cabs

We all have the potential to be heroes for ourselves and the world around us.

- Archita Sisodia, Superheroes Incorporated

Inculcate the habit of being open to everything and being attached to nothing.

- Atul Pratap Singh, V Spark Communications

Fashion is not only about external adornments, but a lot about inner beauty as well.

- Monika Pal Sood, YouShine

We can imagine the future not to be less than a Sci-Fi movie!

- Nikhil Wason, Cardback

When you have a choice between do or die, it’s easy to choose die. But when you wake up in the morning and you only have the option to ‘do’!

- Ajit Babu, LifeHack Innovation

Problems have their own way of sorting themselves out.

- Shourie Chatterji, EDSECS

In the next 10 years, we will have one lakh startups in India generating employment of around 300 million people.

Mohandas Pai, Manipal Global Education

You cannot scale your way out of a bad business model.

- Siddharth Joshi, Eatsome

There is a great need to enhance the social capital of our nation.

- Hemant Gupta, Thank You, India

It is not how much we give, but how much love we put in the giving.

– Mother Theresa

My dream is to leave behind an inclusive world.

- Santhi K, EDventure Academy

If you want something that you never had then you’ve got to do something that you’ve never done.

- Sneha Sharma, pilot

Be your original self, an original always holds more worth than a copy.

- Ishita Malaviya, Shaka Surf Club

Certain things catch your eye, but pursue only those that capture your heart.

Native American proverb


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).


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