‘You’re meant to leave an impact on the world’ - 40 quotes from Indian startup journeys


From inspiration to impact, 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 40 gems and insights from the week of February 7 – 13 with your colleagues and networks, and check back to the original articles for more insights!


India’s youth population is likely to see equity markets as a viable alternative to fixed deposits, gold and real estate. - Vani Kola, Kalaari Capital

A physically active person will contribute to the team more in the long run. - Anish Basu Roy, Shotang

Traditional lab-led innovation will be augmented and accelerated by cloud-based innovation. - Joe Weinman, ‘Cloudonomics’

When you give technology in the hands of most traditional business owner of this country, then magic happens. - Tanutejas Saraswat, ShopKirana

People love to be on the top of the most trivial and frivolous things they do, especially if the results are going to be public. - Alok Kejriwal, Games2Win

India is increasingly producing globally competitive startups that have disrupted markets and the way we live. - Paddy Cosgrave, Web Summit

You can do it too. - AB Periasamy, Minio

Time is limited, make the most of it. - Prerana Langa, YES Foundation

Place your passion and happiness first. - Saumya Gupta, Ten on Ten Clothing

For an introduction to be memorable, you must have something more to yourself than just your profession. - Shreya Dhingra, Your Image and I

I am always humbled by the indomitable spirit of India. - Gordon Sanhera, Oxford Nanopore Tech

Start by brainstorming. Throw every idea at the wall, including the crazy ones. - Saurabh Singh

The more open you are to ideas and conversations, the easier it gets for you to get a hold of success. - Prachi Garg, ‘Superwomen’

Think big, start small, act now. - Arpita Khadria, Signtist

Unless everybody is on board, waste management will continue to haunt the city. - Mansoor Ahmed

When you’re tired you sleep, and when you’re not, you do physics. - Sabrina Pasterski, PhysicsGirl

If you have a fear of failure, it’s a positive because then you will work twice as hard. - Chhavi Dang, Comm Sutra

Not everyone that has worked at a large firm knows how to build for scale. - T N Hari, BigBasket

The entrepreneurial journey requires long-term conviction. - Mukesh Bansal, Myntra/Flipkart

Startups consume all your energy, leaving none for romance or that badly needed haircut. - Parul A. Mittal, ‘Arranged Love’

India has one of the world’s largest retail touchpoints. – Rohan Diwan, Quickli

Tier II cities are the next demand source of the future, as 70 per cent of the population lives there. – IBEF Report

There are about 36 million small units in India providing employment to over 80 million persons. - Ministry of MSME

Nobody has used technology to appify or improve distribution, it is a traditional structure that has persisted for years. - Bharat Balachandran, Just Buy Live

The wedding industry is extremely fragmented with 1,00,000 vendors in top 20 cities. - Sandeep Lodha, Weddingz

The more I explore the places, the more I fall in love with this country. – Anahita Sriprasad

With the rapid rate of urbanisation, cycling is being seen as a potential and sustainable solution. - Rohit Sharma, Hero Cycles

Promoter-investor rifts are becoming more common and are leading to value erosion for businesses. - Tarun Mallappa, financial advisor

You are an education entrepreneur because you care about the outcome, not the income! - Vrunda Bansode, Cloud Mentor

In India, with more than 1.4 million schools and 440 million school-going children, 80 percent children lack access to experiential learning. - Lewitt Somarajan, Life Labs

Better to make a few users love you than a lot ambivalent. – Paul Graham

Rather than spreading your resources thin, put more wood behind fewer arrows. - Rohan Khara, Jabbercast

I learnt how to sell ice to an Eskimo! - Shekhar Vijayan

It makes a big difference to have a business partner with whom trials and successes and dreams can be shared. - Ashini Shah, Zeezeezoo

I don’t really have a work life, personal life, and social life. It’s all just my life. I think not having those compartments enables me to focus. - Gerry Martin, ‘Snake man’

In India, parents often fear the reactions from society and are wary about telling people that their child is adopted. - Aarti Vinil

Every year about 1,00,000 women are trafficked in India and only about three to four per cent are rescued. - Pritham Raja, Tofu Clothing

Rural issues have less than two percent coverage in mainstream media. - Jessica Mayberry, Video Volunteers

When female soldiers are present, the situation is closer to real life, and as a result the men tend to behave. - Gerard J. DeGroot, University of St. Andrews

The corruption we see today is the result of the educated middle class shunning politics for decades. - Nina Nayak

You’re meant to leave an impact on the world. - Saksham Karwal, SeenIt

Only if we engage our best, brightest, and most innovative minds in solving the problems of our poor, will we create the just and equitable society we deserve. - PR Ganapathy, Villgro


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