‘You can never switch off’ - 20 quotes from Indian startup journeys


From motivation to mottos, 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 20 gems and insights from the week of February 21 – 27 with your colleagues and networks, and check back to the original articles for more insights!


Running a startup is not easy, especially in a Tier II city. – Abhishek Bhatt, ShopitDaily

Referrals are the biggest source of customer acquisition for a SaaS company. - Avlesh Singh, Webengage

I want to break down the societal protocol that upholds gender bias, by empowering the girls in my society to stand up for themselves. - Vaishali Sarwankar, Bunge India

What a nudge can do a push can’t. - Atul Satija, The/Nudge

Entrepreneurship inculcates a sense of impatience, and always being on the edge- entrepreneurs are adrenaline junkies. - Tarusha Mittal, Koonk

I go by the motto, ‘Design to inspire’. Your work has to represent and be reflective of your personality. - Neha Murthy, Pachisi

Decide if your product should be just good enough or of top quality. - Pete Lau, OnePlus

Show your idea to people. It’s really important to get moving on the idea that’s in your head and show it to people. - Anuja Joshi and Gaurabh Mathure

When you first build concepts people laugh at you. The point is not to be afraid of risk. - Anousheh Ansari, X-Prize

I won’t be surprised if Alibaba forms alliance of local players to counter Jeff Bezos-led Amazon. - K Vaitheeswaran, Indiaplaza

The current size of the non-brokerage market in India is $6.5 billion. - Amit Kumar Agarwal, NoBroker.com

Whatever you do in your personal life will have a huge impact on your business. There is no line in between. You can never switch off. – Sachin Bansal, FlipKart

Maintain a work-life balance hasn’t come easy. Saying goodbye to my son when he says ‘Mamma don’t leave me…’ still breaks my heart. – Aditi Jussawalla, MotherHen

It’s time to embrace our personal ‘Goddess Kali’, thrive and flourish. – Cheelu Chandran, DeBox

When it comes to labour force participation of women, other Asian countries, for example Sri Lanka, do better than India. – Saundarya Rajesh, Avtar I-Win

We are strong, yet we are vulnerable. That’s the beauty of women. – Priya Varadarajan, Durga

A dream becomes a goal when action is taken towards its achievement. - Ankita Shroff, SAV Chemicals

Don’t start because the whole world is doing it. Do it because you LOVE it. Trust me, it will love you back. - Parama Ghosh, Parama

The human spirit is stronger than everything that happens to it. - Girish Gogia, Mission Positive Earth


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