‘I was never told I have limits’ - 35 quotes from Indian startup journeys


From Women’s Day to work ethics, 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 March 6-12 with your colleagues and networks, and check back to the original articles for more insights!

More than skills, you need an attitude to work in a startup. - Pardeep Goyal, Startup Karma

Thinking of offshoring your smart phone app development to a third party is a more viable and economical option. - Himanshu Mehra, theninehertz.com

Adaptability is the name of the game. This is a time for new heroes to emerge. - Vinay Kanchan, 'Lessons from the Playground'

A mental barrier is more dangerous than a physical one. – Alok Rawat, NCW

Books were my anti-depressant. Then books gave me know-how to get off the floor. Then books gave me ideas. - James Altucher

I have a rule that I always finish a book once I start it. – Bill Gates

Retailing is changing forever because consumers are online. - Kyle Nel, Lowe’s Innovation Labs

We are in an age where we are constantly innovating to revolutionise the way we interact with digital media. – Vrushali Prasade, Absentia

For every ‘yes’ there are a hundred no’s. - Nishant Bhaskar, Godrej & Boyce

We learnt a valuable lesson that intellectual prowess is not everything. Set an environment or culture where everyone cares. - Thuan Pham, Uber

In urban India alone, there are roughly 10 million weddings taking place every year, and each one on average costs Rs. 20 lakhs or more. - Hemant Kanakia, IAN

Today, people are becoming more health conscious and this trend is only going to grow in time. - Darshan Rawal, Zazen

India is a mobile-first world. The amount of digital footprint and data every individual has created is simply phenomenal. - Riddhi Mittal, Finomena

Though shared mobility is a relatively old idea in India, it has taken the interest of entrepreneurs and investors alike in the last few years. - Zainab Kakal, WRI

India is an open market when compared with a lot of other Asian countries. - Cheolwon (Charlie) Lee, TrueBalance

India’s the biggest market in the world for online learning, and it hasn’t been tapped. - Poornima Shenoy, Latitude Edutech

I am a workaholic. If I can’t work, I can’t eat. - Roopali Agarwal, UrbanClap makeup artist

Stop working for people, and work with the people. – Dhairay Pujara, Y-Centre

There are no employees, but we have built a family in our organisation. - Sheela Lunkad, Chestnut Heights Resorts

Allow your staff to experiment to understand what they are really passionate about. - Naveen Tewari, InMobi

Your team must be kickass. - Anshulika Dubey, Wishberry

We want children and youth to know their rights and get access to them. - Ajay Pandit, Synergy Sansthan

My biggest success is when someone returns from the city to start farming again. - Madhuchandan C, Organic Mandya

The dropout rate in India for students between Classes VIII and X is as high as 47.4 percent. - Jaideep Rao, Mentor India

I know that our whole country can’t become clean in one go, but we have to start somewhere. - Chitiz Agarwal, Scrapos

A one-time good deed, as noble as it is, has limited impact unless it is sustainable. - Subhajit Mandal, Assist The Needy

Healthcare should move beyond discovery and create data that can help care providers. - Sarath Naru, VentureEast

In India, women’s health has been a much-neglected issue, particularly menstrual health that is still a taboo. – John Paul, LoveCycles

Networking has become a weak area for working women. – Kavya Musani, VMWare

The networking opportunities for women are less. They can’t socialise as men do and if they did, that is looked down as not a respectable thing to do. - V P Rajini Reddy, Swarnabhoomi Academic Institutions

By nature, most women prefer peace to conflict. - Vani Kola, Kalaari Capital

India has the largest difference between the amount of housework done by women and men. - WEF

There are good entrepreneurs and bad ones, not male or female entrepreneurs. - Anu Acharya, MapMyGenome

Gaps in literacy levels are the simplest indicator of gender inequalities that prevent individuals as well as communities of women from participating in the development process. - Tara Sabavala, Tata Trusts

Women are more often than not greeted with incredulousness or polite complacency, at best. - Chantelle Menezes, Explorate.in

As women’s issues continue to receive tremendous attention, it is important for Women Parliamentarians to form a united forum and discuss critical issues. - Rwitwika Bhattacharya, IWPF

I was never told I have limits. - Lalitha Kumaramangalam, NCW

You are a role model to your colleagues, friends, your children… and by your own admission “not a damsel in distress” but “empowered and informed”. So be THAT. - Saba Adil, Aegon Life


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