‘Act like there is no safety net’ – 35 quotes from Indian startup journeys


From sustainability to storytelling, 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 35 gems and insights from the week of October 4 – October 10 with your colleagues and networks, and check back to the original articles for more insights!

 Ideas don’t take you places, people do. - Abhinav Sree, PollsEye

A great product experience starts from the moment the customer lands on your website. – Girish Mathrubootham, Freshdesk

Mobile hardware is steadily becoming commoditized, and lot of device makers are focusing heavily on software-led user experience and monetization. - Saurav Kumar, Cube26

Entrepreneurship is in the blood of Rajasthan. - Arun Nanda, Mahindra group

What’s happening in India started 15 to 20 years back in UK, and close to 60 years back in the Silicon Valley. - David Fogel, Wayra UK

Ever thought of proposing equity to your lawyer? - Sahil Vohra, Smile

VCs always look for great teams to partner with. – Alok Goel, SAIF

You need to be unique and for that you need to create strong differentiators. – Nikhilesh, stagephod.com

PayTM will become the most influential financial institution in the country. - Sahil Kini, Aspada Investment Advisors

These are the most magical times for design entrepreneurs. - Aditya Bandi, Bookpad

You just need to solve one problem after the other till the end to survive. - Mark Watney, ‘Martian’

I enjoy helping individuals and feel alive if I can be useful to somebody. - Deepak Goel, Karma Circles

Cement not only uses lot of water, it also causes green house gas emissions. - David James, Chloroearth

It is indeed sad that development in this country in the last two decades has been at the cost of the environment. - Kanchi Kohli, policy researcher

Recycle, Reuse, and Respect. - Abhijit Jejurikar, Acorn Foundation

Beneath the feet of us oppressed, Like a heartbeat this land will beat. - Faiz Ahmad Faiz

Indians spend the maximum amount of time in their kitchens as compared to any other country in the world. - BetterButter

Tier 2 and 3 cities have all the potential, what is missing is connecting the dots. - Ankita Sheth, Vista Rooms

I look at rural India not with that eye of pity, but with the eye of hope, change, and empowerment. - Diya Shah, Swades

Rather than one leader, millions of teachers will be the spark we need. - Sharath Jeevan, STIR Education

You have to reach out to a community and ask – What are your stories? - Debasmita Dasgupta, ‘My Father Illustrations’

One should keep asking oneself ‘How am I relevant?’ - Madras Chamber of Commerce

Whatever has happened has been hard on me but for good reasons. - Muskan Devta, ‘I Dream’

Today users do not want to switch between different apps for shopping, be it online or offline. - Rahul Sharma, MicroMax

Fashion jewelry is a large but fragmented and fast growing market. - Surya Mantha, Peepul Capital

Anything that is perceived as disadvantage is just that: a perception. - V. Shakthi, The Quill

Every T-shirt has a philosophy or a story to narrate. – Abhimanyu Chowhan, Socratees

Never let your background or upbringing come in the way of what you want to do. - Som Singh, Unspun

Running a business is just a collection of millions of tiny risks. - Kamakshi Sivaramakrishnan, Drawbrdige

During my lows, I just force myself to look at the positive. - Bidisha Basu, Leaping Windows

Be patient, take life as it comes, and always be thankful. - Shivani Gupta, Accessibility

You keep innovating and innovating and that is what creative people are all about. - Jyoti Sachdev Iyer

It is hard to make money and success is not an overnight phenomenon. - Ananya Rijhwani

Act like there is no safety net. That there is no other option than to make it work. - Enda Noone, Ikka Dukka

I want a life of purpose, I want to feel like I made a difference, what’s the point otherwise? - Siddharth Vashisht, Project Udaan


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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