‘Only a happy person is the most productive person’ – 25 quotes from Indian startup journeys


From marketing trends to marriage services, 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 December 6 – 12 with your colleagues and networks, and check back to the original articles for more insights!

2016 will be the year of maturation for social influencer marketing.

- Irfan Khan, Blogmint

A customer’s preference to buy in-store is likely to continue over the next five years.

-Shreyansh Kocheri, Euromonitor

There is no dull moment in this industry. Weddings are an exciting space to be.

- Sandeep Lodha, Weddingz.in

On-demand, two-wheeler taxi service seems to be an interesting model. Last mile is a big pain for masses.

- Alok Goel, SAIF Partners

The onus is on “owning” patient outcomes and not just on “treating” patients.”

Meena Ganesh, Portea

The acquisition of Customer360 is a testimony to B2B startups in India.

- Mitul Thakkar, Customer360

Only startup initiatives incubated in government can address the problems of a billion citizens quickly.

Nandan Nilekani

When you look at areas for potential for deep impact (like a) huge population with a huge need, India tops the list.

- Salman Khan, Khan Academy

India can become the IoT capital of the world.

- Mariasundaram Antony, GE Power India

Only a happy person is the most productive person.

- Himanshu Batra

Don’t hesitate to go back to square one. Fail early, fail often.

- Vikraman Saranyan, IKP-EDEN

Don’t shirk away from speaking up about something that you think should be done differently!

- Shrey Gupta, OYO Rooms

Early-stage startups need full-time mentoring as much as they need capital.

- Sudhir Menon, Rainmaker Ventures

We don’t want just investments, but expertise and network too.

- Sanjay Sharma, Trucktransport.in

I am against early-stage funding. It takes attention away from building your product.

- Akshay Deo, BetaCraft

The distinction between returning customers that are loyal and those that are merely opportunistic is critical to understand.

- Shubhankar Bhattacharya, Kae Capital

Hope is inexhaustible.

- Obiageli Ezekwesili

Increase your aspirational level as much as possible.

Byju Raveendran

Go after your dreams and make this world your playing field.

- Bhavna Dalal, Talent Power Partners

It is time to claim your warrior goddess energy.

– Heather Ash Amara, ‘Warrior Goddess Training’

I will fight against child marriage with the same passion as I had against the Devadasi system.

- Shobha Ghasti, MASS

Without hard work nothing can be achieved.

- Vikas Gupta, Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon

You will have to learn the art of saying no to tasks which are genuinely beyond you.

- Shreya Dhingra, Your Image and I

Women should be regarded not just as consumers or users of digital media but as content creators and tool developers as well.

– Manthan 2015 panel

Women often manage their homes and work simultaneously and get better at multitasking.

- Aparna Phadke, Chanakya Lifestyle

The mind is the seed of creativity, the heart is the soil.

- Shah Rukh Khan

There’s nothing more fulfilling than being able to donate money for charity out of your own earnings.

- Palam Kalyanasundaram

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)