‘Great ideas and learnings can come from anywhere’ – 25 quotes from Indian startup journeys

22nd Nov 2015
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From e-commerce to empowerment, 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 25 gems and insights from the week of November 15-21 with your colleagues and networks, and check back to the original articles for more insights!

A true entrepreneur is resourceful. He can figure out how to make things happen even with scarce resources.

- Pardeep Goyal

Compared to the scenario five years ago, students have more risk-taking capabilities now.

- Arunabh Kumar, TheViralFever

Great ideas and learnings can come from anywhere.

- Navneet Kapoor, Target India

Getting noticed is another challenge.

- Aditi and Sunila Mahajan, Dots to Lines

We see five, 10, even 20 me-too startups chasing winner-takes-most markets, where a winner is already established.

- John Dougery, Inventus

It would be very hard for us to invest in something where we don’t even start to see traction. So we don’t mind missing out on the first two or three rounds.

Nikesh Arora, SoftBank

90 per cent of startups fail within two years. Mine failed in the first year.

- Pardeep Goyal

We can use technology to work wonders.

- Sairee Chahal, Sheroes

There are not many hardware startups in India because of the entry barriers.

- Sibabrata Das, AtomBerg

Everything you need is already inside you. Get started.

Peter Fisk, Genius Works

Startups are the key to success for the big brand. Startups are the new innovation hub for MNCs.

- Rohit Dadwal, MMA Asia-Pacific

Customer experience must be central to the company’s strategy and a collective responsibility.

- Bawa Grover, Hexagon Consulting

Have the courage to fail and the humility to succeed.

– So-Young Kang, Gnowbe

Most of our employees are freshers. We believe fresh talent is more open to learning and adapting.

- Parveen Singhal, WittyFeed

Kabaddi has TRPs only second to cricket.

– Radha Kapoor, PSD

We noticed that most techies seldom have any time for grocery shopping.

- Shan M. Hanif, Kada Groceries

We believe the e-commerce market in India will grow to upwards of $100 billion over the next decade.

- Rajesh Raju, Kalaari Capital

We even got orders from six pin codes in the Lakshadweep Islands.

Rahul Taneja, Snapdeal

One of our top sellers was the havan kund with cow dung cakes.

- Radhika Aggarwal, ShopClues

It is really hard to get attention to subjects like s*it.

- Jack Sim, World Toilet Organization

We are trying to make social work a little more exciting here in India.

- Kunal Kapoor, Ketto

We need to stop confining ourselves within the walls set by our upbringing and society, and instead step outside our boundaries to claim our rightful success.

- Neha Bagaria, JobsForHer

We want women to recognise the power they have and give it a voice.

- Rajshree Deshpande, Angry Indian Goddesses

Scaling up isn’t the only answer. Right now I am happy balancing being a mompreneur and a hands-on mother.

- Tara Sharma Saluja, TV host

The best tool to understand human history in economics.

- Girindra Nath Jha, ‘Anubhav’

For creating employment, the solution has to be market-driven – and the market will only pay for value delivered.

– Gayathri Vasudevan, LabourNet

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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