‘Entrepreneurship is a race against time’ – 30 quotes from Indian startup journeys

25th Oct 2015
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From travel startups to time management, 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 30 gems and insights from the week of October 18-25 with your colleagues and networks, and check back to the original articles for more insights!


 There is something empowering about software. It enables businesses, smoothens the processes and gives lives to industries. - Anup Sahoo, IdeaPoke

Nothing is local and everything has to be global. - Kaushal Chokshi, Scaale

The traveller community gives yoga its largest patronage. - YogaTrail

We see same-day delivery becoming the norm. - Abhinav Chaturvedi, Accel Partners

We held the largest e-commerce sale in India on a 10 MB app and did it well. - Punit Soni, FlipKart

The smartphone will become the main mode of payment. Card payment will co-exist with mobile wallets. - Bipin Preet Singh, Mobikwik

Flipkart, Snapdeal, Ola and Zomato are only the tip of the iceberg for the Indian startup ecosystem. - Sumeet Swarup

2018 is when IoT will see a boom and e-commerce will see a halt. – Rohan Shravan, Notion Ink

Medicine is being revolutionised everyday and sustainability is a crucial part of that. - Simran Vedvyas, SynergY

When you are interested, creativity will flow, and creativity will lead you to new ideas. - Irrfan Khan

I paint, not to decorate walls, but to break the walls within. - Aiyana Gunjan

Every beautiful and powerful thing that humanity has done once started as a thought. - Franco Silva, Kizazi

We are strong believers in organised chaos. - Yashni Kothari, Coloured Trunk

Embrace and learn from failure; along the edge of failure lies potential greatness. – Bernhard Schroeder, ‘Fail Fast, Win Big’

Be bold in your approach and thinking yet be open to failure or defeat. - Vasuta Agarwal, InMobi

When a door shuts on you, it is only to show you direction. - Vinay Anand, Pipes News

Funds are scarce but things have a way to work themselves out. – Tarun Gupta, Prerana Seva Sansthan

The dream is to find a way to make sanitation a sustained change in underserved communities. - Valentin Post, FINISH

There’s no goals. There’s just progress. – James Altucher

Vision and impact are two different things. – Deepu Sebin, DailyRounds

Working in the education sector is a long term impact thing. So being patient is also important. - Kshitiz Anand, Happy Horizons Trust

Design can communicate and it has the power to bring about change in a beautiful manner, without being preachy. - Sanket Avlani, Taxi Fabric

With passion, skills can always be acquired. - Balaji Ramesh, TailsLife

Humility and the power of letting go is a great human feature. - Atif Haider, LaunchYard

I believe that I am responsible for my community. – Babar Afzal, KashmirInk

Indian society still feels marriage is the end of a woman’s career and I am glad my parents think otherwise. - Monisha Gidwani, Seduction Las Vegas

The guilt of not being able to balance well is a feeling we have to live with. - Ritu Grover, The Global Help Desk

It is not the children who need help, but the parents who do. - Zarin Malva, Sir Ratan Tata Institute

An entrepreneur must have the ability to build trust across investors, customers and employees. - Sanjeev Bickchandani, Info Edge

Indian business must also live up to the higher standards that society holds it to. - Manish Sabharwal, TeamLease

The earlier you get mentors, the better are your chances for success. – Pardeep Goyal

Don’t hold yourself back from being yourself. – Ashish Kumar

Not every user is the same, so you cannot have the same conversation with everyone. – Pavneet, Knowledge Map

On-boarding is a continuous process and should not be considered a ‘first day’ or ‘first week’ activity. - Gerald Jaideep, SimpliLearn

Entrepreneurship, today, is a race against time. – Pramod Saxena, Oxigen


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