‘Being an entrepreneur is no longer taboo in the marriage market’ – 30 quotes from Indian startup journeys

15th Nov 2015
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From social entrepreneurship to societal attitudes, 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 November 8-15 with your colleagues and networks, and check back to the original articles for more insights!

Being an entrepreneur is no longer taboo in the marriage market!

- Alok Goel, SAIF

With great hacking skills you get power, and with great power comes great responsibility.

- Reuben Paul, Prudent Games

It turns out that some of the most groundbreaking innovations began as quaint novelties that only the rich could afford.

- Shubhankar Bhattacharya, Kae Capital

Ten years ago we talked about the ‘Innovation Economy.’ Today, we talk about the ‘Insight Economy.’

Rowan Gibson, ‘The Four Lenses of Innovation’

The most sought after IT job of 21st century is that of the Data Scientist.

- Amar Parkash, CustTap

In just the next few years there will be at least five unicorns in this mammoth foodtech space.

- Kumar Setu, Petoo.in

The healthcare market in India will touch $280 billion in 2020.

- Sreevalsan Menon, Medikoe

Beauty and wellness services is a $5B industry in India growing at 20% year-on-year.

- Richa Singh, BigStylist

Indian consumers are demanding new designs and varieties in jewellery.


In a matter of five years, e-commerce will be bigger than a 100-year-old FMCG industry.

- D Shivakumar, PepsiCo

There is no big money needed to start selling online.

- Sayak Sahu, SmileDrive

Just as most startups fail, most angel investments will also fail.

- Kashyap Deorah, ‘The Golden Tap’

Funding is not an end by itself, it is one aspect in the journey of your need to create a valuable company.

- Bharati Jacob, Seedfund

In the end, it’s not how much money you have raised, it’s about creating an impact and value that can outlive you.

- Gaurav Munjal, Flatchat

A company can be successful only when its customers are happy. Your potential customers don’t care about the amount of funding you raised.

- Pardeep Goyal

Be on the ground, not in the headlines.

- Lalit Vijay

Adolescent girls are the most overlooked population. In India, only one in 100 girls reaches class 12.

- Laurette Cucuzza, Dasra Girl Alliance

I have seen the torture that a mother undergoes when she comes to know that she has delivered a girl.

- Dr Ganesh Rakh

Don’t try to fit in for the heck of it – your femininity is an asset, not a liability.

- Meenu Bagla, Quinnox

I can teach a girl or a woman to earn a minimum of 500 rupees a day so she can stand on her own feet and not have to depend on anyone.

- Chhaya Sonavane, Dev Shree

Women need to have faith and step forward, and then they will find people around them who will support them.

- Sucharita Eashwar, WeConnect International

There is a great need to reduce the cultural gap between the young and the old – only then can we make for an ‘empathetic society.’

- Dipti Varma Narain, Silver Surfers Club

We must create inclusion by design and not as an afterthought.

- Mohan Sundaram, Association of People with Disability

Human psychology is all around us, we just need to stop and take notice.

- Danish Sheikh

A mentor is the one who puts a perspective to your passion.

- Yukti Mehandiratta, Concept Exhibitions

People said I am going to die in a room, in my own faeces – here I am, with two full passports, travelling the world!

- Deepa Malik, paraplegic athlete

Blame school for teaching us that business is business, science is science, art is art and that business and art do not mingle on the product side.

- Blaze Arizanov, StayUncle

How long does it take to appreciate a fellow human being?

- Brindaa Lakshmi, Ploud.io

We need a community of changemakers to bridge gaps between sectors, countries and social classes.

- Olivier Kayser and Valeria Budinich, ‘Scaling Up’

The world is full of good people.

- Naga Naresh Karutura, Google


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