‘Entrepreneurship and startups are synonymous with Bengaluru’ - 35 quotes from Indian startup journeys

By Madanmohan Rao|7th Feb 2016
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From social activists to state policies, 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 January 31 – February 6 with your colleagues and networks, and check back to the original articles for more insights! 

When you do things that excite you most, you will go places. Then work will no longer be work, it will be life. - Srividhya Srinivasan, Amagi

In entrepreneurship, you have to believe in God, and then dream. – Rana Kapoor, YES Bank

The entrepreneur must go after solving big challenges of our time with a very high-quality understanding of their space. – Sachin Bansal, FlipKart

We have to reimagine beyond the traditional processes of business and enable micro-entrepreneurs to leverage the potential usage of technology. - Kris Gopalakrishnan, Infosys

I want to use my fame to help struggling artists and inventors get recognition across the world. - Wajid Khan, artist

Unlike others, we have adopted a sustainable business model. We are not banking on discounts but services. - Gaurav Agrawal, Pick My Laundry

Discounts may not get loyalty – quick, reliable delivery will. - Devangshu Dutta, Third Eyesight

India’s 100 smart cities will require $150 billion in funding, of which $120 billion will come from the private sector. - Darshan Parikh, CRISIL

Industrial IoT has a direct bearing on productivity, client satisfaction and market leadership. - Rohit Bhayana, Lumis Partners

The entire nation is just about beginning to realise its potential; it is only a matter of time before the business fundamental will morph into IPOs. - Sanchit Vir Gogia, Greyhound

Competitive federalism brings economic prosperity to the country. - Arun Jaitley, Finance Minister

When you are still building an organisation, don’t be defensive about your culture. - Deepinder Goyal, Zomato

Many use the word ‘networking’. I would suggest ‘co-learning’. - Vishakha Singh, Red Polka

Your life derives meaning out of the things you do daily. – Sunitha Thampi, Asymmetrique

The most important thing is to keep your intention focussed on the bigger picture. - Cheelu Chandran, DeBox

You have to know your community really well. If you don’t love them, then you can’t serve them. - Zarina Screwvala, Swades Foundation

Spending time in knowing influencers and social entrepreneurs is important. These are folks who will help scale, save time reinventing the wheel, and solve common challenges through shared learning. - Ketan Deshpande, Fuel

The increasing list of women entrepreneurs is bringing the confidence to aspiring women as well as to the entire system. - Garima Tripathi, Care24

Startups best hire HR, like much else, from other startups! - Chinmaya Sharma, BigStylist.com

We’ve witnessed businesses for centuries making buying really easy. We are at the beginning of making sharing easy. - Ahmed Zain, GrabOnRent

Going online has given us a lot of visibility and has given us a lot of ideas for innovation. – Lakshmeesha, Iyengar’s Bakery

When introducing a brand new idea anywhere, some resistance is inevitable. - Fereshteh Forough, Code to Inspire

Working towards social development and conservation of natural resources is not ‘charity’. - Amitha Pai, One Good Step

Being a teacher is a phenomenal experience and one of the toughest ones. - Prakhar Bhartiya, Youth Alliance

Most products that are being marketed as natural in India actually have chemical base with traces of natural ingredients. - Manas Nanda, BubblenutWash

India continues to be the country with the highest number of people practicing open defecation: around 600 million people or nearly half of the population. - 2015 JMP Report

People in India are extremely skeptical about taking a risk, and if you decided to do so you will receive bare minimum support. - Nitin Sharma, DriveBud

Our education system should support entrepreneurship. - V Manjula, IT-BT Secretary, Karnataka

Waiting endlessly in the school lobbies for principals is a part and parcel of my life now. - Varun Kumar, KnowledgeXP

Everybody should have the right to experience life to the fullest. - Rudrani Chettri, Transgender Model Agency

Ease of doing business benefits economies. - Sebastian James, World Bank

Finding confirmed tickets in Indian railways is very challenging. - Runal Jaju, Ticket Jugaad

I would not have done what I have if I were not in Bengaluru. - Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, Biocon

Bengaluru will be the largest IT cluster in the world by 2020. - K J George, Minister for Bengaluru Development

Bengaluru’s X factor is its cosmopolitan nature, climate and access to great talent pool and educational institutions. - Kamal Bali, Volvo India

Entrepreneurship and startups are synonymous with Bengaluru. - Rishikesh Krishnan, IIM

I request the State government to make the city liveable. - Narayana Murthy, Infosys


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