‘This is the beginning of a Big Bang for India’ - 30 quotes from Indian startup journeys

17th Jan 2016
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From positioning to policy, 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 January 10 – 16 with your colleagues and networks, and check back to the original articles for more insights!


If someone says I can’t do something, then I have to do it. - Deepak Yatri, Gandhi Fellow

Don’t let boundaries stop you. - Aafreen Ansari, MyChild app

If you are an entrepreneur, your communication skills matter more than your technical knowledge. - Aishwarya Goel, Swarn Amrit

Both physical retailing and e-tailing will co-exist. - Sanjeev Mukhija, BreakBounce

Japanese companies rank India as No 1 most promising investment destination in the medium term. - Amitabh Kant, DIPP

In the Netherlands, 50 varieties of potato are available in the market. In India, only 10 to 12 varieties are available commercially. - Hemant Gaur, SV Agri

Travel gives you a wider perspective. – Upkar Sharma, Crea

An average person now relies on their smartphone to communicate and spends almost 70% of their time inside buildings. - Kunal Kumthekar, Cipher-Plexus

If you are not able to create a connect with senior team members in the fund – it’s a non-starter. - Mukul Singhal, SAIF Partners

A brand can’t think of adopting only one route in the current world of multi-channel retailing. - R K Jain, Bonjour Group

The e-commerce sector is at a broad confluence of multiple macro trends. - Mohit Dubey, CarWale

The food and grocery industry in India is now worth $383 billion and is expected to touch $1 trillion by 2020. - Technopak

Being predominantly agrarian, rural society craves more ‘Infotainment’ rather than pure entertainment. – Abhiram Bhise, Radio Raja

Where you come from makes a difference and lasting impression on the choices you can afford. - Aakash Ranison, The Golden Bird Foundation

Every year 3,000–4,000 victims are rescued from sex trafficking racket in the country. We want to reach them all. - Pritham Raja, ToFu

We hope that people will view economy as part of the ecology. - My City

The west is an early adopter of green way of living and are willing to pay a premium for the same. In India, people are running to buy cheap counterparts with the focus on discounts. - Karan Rastogi, Help Us Green

Office parties have a tremendous positive effect on employee behaviour and job satisfaction. - Sujan Deswal, AdPushup

The current generation of digital nomads prefer to work from anywhere. - Apurv Agarwal, Squadrun

I want to be recognised as a successful entrepreneur, not just as a successful woman entrepreneur. - Anisha Singh, Mydala

List yourself on co-founder platforms and ask people to read your story before contacting you. - Pardeep Goyal

Memorials force you to think, while museums speak AND make you think. - Rama Lakshmi, Remember Bhopal Museum

If everyone cared for nature as we do for our children, we will be able to protect and conserve Mother Earth for them. - Ratna Prabha Rajkumar, BlueMadeGreen

Sustainable talent can change the world. - Shaun D’Souza, Open Sky Slam

The government will remove the clutter so that startups can focus on their core business ideas. - Nirmala Sitharaman, Minister of State, Commerce and Industry

Entrepreneurs need freedom from the state. - Arun Jaitley, Union Minister of Finance and Corporate Affairs

Competitors bring out the best in you and keep you on your toes. - Kunal Bahl, SnapDeal

How bad is the problem you are solving? - Travis Kalanick, Uber

India has a huge opportunity to leapfrog from other forms of energy to clean forms of energy. - Nikesh Arora, SoftBank

Now is the time for India to stand out and become an economic powerhouse in its own right. - Mukesh Singh, ZopNow

Startups shall be provided an 80% rebate in filing patents. – PM Narendra Modi

This is the beginning of a Big Bang for India. – Masayoshi Son, SoftBank


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