‘Our dreams should be bigger than our fears’ – 35 quotes from Indian startup journeys


From leadership dreams to global brands, 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 September 27 – October 3 with your colleagues and networks, and check back to the original articles for more insights!

 Life becomes richer when we live each day with child-like curiosity and a desire to help the world. - Shruti Gandhi, Array Ventures

Be the change you want to see in the world. – Mahatma Gandhi

Intelligent and original content is by far the most successful with audiences. - Raghav Bahl

We need to ensure that the policies are encouraging angel investment and we don’t lose to more proactive countries. - Praveen Sinha, Jabong

Women are taken seriously and equal by the world if they take themselves equally serious. – Gagandeep Kaur, Ghar Ka Khaana tiffin service

It’s encouraging to see companies accept that they need diversity of thought, and therefore cultural diversity, to drive innovation and business. - Nisha Holla

I think we have to stop feeling guilty about the life choices that we make as mothers. - Chandrika Behl, Krackerjack Karnival

Choose a mentor who has experienced success. – Ravi Machani, The Entrepreneurs Organisation

What was hot five years ago is not hot today. - Pardeep Goyal

There is never a right time for you to become an entrepreneur – just do it now. – Madan Padaki, Head Held High Services

You have to push yourself every day – with motivation you might not feel you have. - Avneet Mann, Wishing Chair

There is no Indian brand on a global map, unlike the West where Nina Ricci, Estee Lauder which were founded by women and branded themselves just that. - Suparna Trikha

Profitability is a journey and even global posterboys like Amazon and JD.com took significant time to break even. – Kunal Bahl, Snapdeal

The power of strategic storytelling to consumers across all platforms, from broadcasters to retailers, will create a compelling environment for customer engagement. - Lalit Ahuja, Kyron Accelerator

If there is one thing that can truly transform Indian education, it is mobile technology. - Krish Kupathil, Mobiliya

On-demand home services comprise the new frontier of e-commerce. - Ronnie Screwvala, Unilazer Venture

India is an important emerging market with strong e-commerce potential. - Daniel Zhang, Alibaba Group

Solar is still a nascent sector – people still haven’t picked up the technology. - Anuj Gupta, 8Minutes

India loves nuts. - Rupali Samat, Choc Le

Nothing is fixed in the entrepreneurial journey and there is great learning around the operations side of it. - Perzen Patel, Bawi Bride Kitchen

Nothing can substitute practical experience. - Masumi Mewawalla, Pink Peacock Couture

There are hardly any decisions in a startup which cannot be executed in seven days. - Ishan Vyas, Aspricot

Entrepreneurship teaches you to take decisions quickly and act faster. - Sourabh Alagundagi

My disability is a shield against a life of mediocrity. - Malvika Iyer

Follow your own hopes, not other people’s expectations. - Sonica Malhotra Kandhari, MBD

To see an idea become a household name is my dream. - Jessica Jayne, Pahadi Local

For the work that I am doing and want to do, one lifetime is not enough, I need at least two. - Kiran Dixit Thacker

Staying afloat is always an issue. Every little bit of income helps scoop out water that is always sneaking in to sink your boat. - Arati Kumar Rao

Founders often fall into the trap of being too married to their ideas. - Aditi Shrivastava, Intellecap Impact Investment Network

Work with the customers, work for the customers. - Sunil Ohri, Xportsoft

Data is the new fuel. - Abhishek Maitreyi, CaRPM

We unfortunately are a nation of followers and not pioneers when it comes to new technology. - Navneet Sharma, SnapShopr

We see a large indifference in our great country about saving lives and making attempts to save lives. - Kavita Jain, Camp CPR

How do you lead a life of limitless growth on a planet with finite resources? - Mansoor Khan, ‘The Third Curve’

By the time my daughter is my age, the planet will become uninhabitable. My fight is to give their generation a fighting chance. - Narayan Peesapaty, Bakeys

Our dreams should be bigger than our fears. - Mukesh Jain, Accessible India Campaign

It’s not that I was afraid to die. I was afraid of dying without accomplishing something truly meaningful. - Sanjay Guha Thakurta, Rangamaati

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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