‘You and your dream are nothing without your team’ – 35 quotes from Indian startup journeys
From telecoms to teamwork, 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 November 1-7 with your colleagues and networks, and check back to the original articles for more insights!
The job of a startup CEO is hard but you should never forget that you and your dream are nothing without your team.
Team work and active participation of every member turned out to be the secret of our success.
Your company is your team.
Fast growth and a good team are essential for success.
Being a startup, we look for openness and flexibility in people who want to join us.
I read somewhere that India has eight startup unicorns, out of which Gurgaon houses three.
Like all bubbles, this one will also burst. And the survivors will be companies that focused on cash flow and profitability.
Women are going to be a decisive factor when it comes to India’s Internet growth story.
Bringing dhobis to a technical platform is not as big a problem as winning their trust.
3D printing is a threat to courier companies.
In the near future, I see every consumer owning a personal 3D printer, almost like a personal computer.
- Megha Bhaiya, Instapro3D
A master storyteller is constantly experimenting with ideas.
Your brand name is your mark on this world, guard it with your life!
User-generated content and the community created sets you apart.
The number of fans overall isn’t as important as the number of loyal fans you have.
You understand a place better from the local’s perspective.
Mobile enabled and mobile first are two different things and require a fundamentally different approach.
Urban transportation is a billion-dollar problem to solve.
You cannot live as an island. Whatever love you have, you share it with the world.
Four hundred million people in India, mostly spread across roughly 125,000 villages, are without electricity.
- Manoj Sinha, energy innovator
Some crafts die but new crafts also spring up. That’s the cycle of life.
- Jaya Jaitly, Dastkari Haat Samiti
It does help if you have industry expertise but that does not guarantee you come up with an innovative idea.
- Bernhard Schroeder, ‘Fail Fast or Win Big’
Investment shouldn’t be the priority. Priority should be to solve problems that actually matter to people.
- Melanie Perkins, Canva
Through science fairs I realised my love for engineering.
- Karan Jerath, Intel Young Scientist
It is not the professor, but rather the entrepreneur, who makes new things happen.
- Dame Stephanie Shirley, software pioneer
It is experience alone in a particular field that makes the person perfect.
- Monisha Ajgaonkar, Photo Diary
For creating employment, the solution has to be market-driven – and the market will only pay for value delivered.
- Gayathri Vasudevan, LabourNet
A social mission is more genuine and impactful if it is always part of the company culture.
In the opening decades of the 21st century we stand at an inflection point in human history, a juncture of great opportunities but also one of great peril.
They didn’t realise there was a tiger in me.
- Shikha Uberoi, tennis ace
What sets the successful companies apart from the others is that they maximise their positive luck and minimise their negative luck.
There is so much one can learn from both failure and success.
Too many startups are not solving the hard problems and hence they commoditise.
The biggest and most important characteristic that is essential for entrepreneurship in India is adaptability!
- Neha Garodia, Mi Dulce An’ya
How can a nation do discrimination when we all are nature’s creation?
- Anika Sharma, student
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- Kalaari Capital
- Wharton School
- Kae Capital
- Deepak Raj
- Richard Verma
- Annette Simmons
- Bernhard Schroeder
- Kenny Ye
- jack hidary
- Anuj Tikku
- Ram Gupta
- Gurgaon Municipal Corporation
- Karan Jerath
- Melanie Perkins
- Dulce Anya
- Stephanie Shirley
- Vikram P. Kumar
- Anika Sharma
- Manoj Sinha