‘Having a great work culture is not an option — it is a necessity’ - 30 quotes from Indian startup journeys

By Madanmohan Rao
March 27, 2016, Updated on : Thu Sep 05 2019 07:27:23 GMT+0000
‘Having a great work culture is not an option — it is a necessity’ - 30 quotes from Indian startup journeys
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From creative clusters to corporate cultures, 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 March 20-26 with your colleagues and networks, and check back to the original articles for more insights!


Constraints breed innovation. - Deap Ubhi, TableHero

I wish the Indian government would create a fund for security software firms. - Tarun Wig, Innefu Labs

There should be cluster support from the government for artisans’ training programmes. - Udyan Singh, Banka Silk

Ignoring local dynamics and issues will never allow us to realise our true potential. - Srinivas Kollipara, T-Hub

The role of the Government should always be about fostering innovation by making it easy for entrepreneurs to flourish – by removing obstacles. - T N Hari, BigBasket

The real problem is you have a very large, aspirational set of students who do not have access to teachers. Here tech can be used as an enabler. - Byju Raveendran, Byju’s

Bootstrapped startups are being heard and glorified and “break-even” will soon become the new “cool”. - Varun Rathi, Happay

It is startling how we forget to make the most brilliant infographics not accessible across devices. - Sushmita Mohapatra, Skyscanner

It is up to us to tell a coherent story and not confuse the customer with different messages at the same time. - Sreeraman MG, Fynd

The scope of conflicts over IPR, trademark and patents will eventually grow substantially. - Abhay Shankar, Kaden Boriss

Humans are conditioned to say something that’s socially acceptable. To get them to surface their true selves is both an art and a science. - Amit Somani, Prime Venture Partners

I choose to stay back as I want to do something different and bring about some kind of Internet revolution in Latur. - Abhilash Pillai, Kots

Our societal culture is still not conducive/supportive to working women, as running startups is still considered secondary in a woman’s life. - Prachi Garg, ‘Superwomen’

I just want to say to all husbands, fathers and brothers- never underestimate women and their intelligence, believe in them. - Aanchal Makhija, The Pehnava

Pain is inevitable, but suffering comes out of not accepting why something happened to you. Suffering can be controlled, if you accept. – Anu Aga, Thermax

Every child has a right to be a child, and every child has the right to ask for his or her rights responsibly. - Shyamalee Roy, Mitsuko Trust

Adventure helps build your personality. - Gayatree Joshi, ‘Inspiration Award’ winner

As you seek funding, keep in mind that your investors should be your partners. - Anjli Jain, Entrepreneurship & Venture Capital

People mistake “doing good for society” with charity. We also aim to make this a sustainable business. - Maniti Modi, ConnectFor

We as individuals know we cannot save the planet, but we can do things little by little, we can take small steps in our everyday life. - Michael Stausholm, Sprout

Vehicles aren’t adapted to our lifestyles. Our need for exercise hasn’t been considered when we look at the motorcycles. - Preetham Murthy, Ultraviolette

Tesla’s use of an over-the-air update to create self-driving cars is one of the most important things ever to happen in technology. - Balaji S. Srinivasan, 21.co

No matter how well you prepare for interviews, there are some questions Google will not have answers to. - Nidhi Agarwal, KAARYAH Lifestyle Solutions

Hope is addictive. - Shashank Murali, TapChief

Be happy to face a challenge. It only makes you grow, either personally or financially or both! – Nishita Biyani, Wafflist

Don’t look for quick fixes, it is the organic growth that people appreciate. - Laila Vaziralli, Kitsch Mandi

Figuring out what to do is important. But doing it and doing it well is equally important. – Andy Grove

Startups today need to assess if they have a right to win. Don’t go for a me-too kind of approach. - Harsh Mariwala, Marico Innovation Foundation

Desire to know more, desire to do more, and desire to deliver more. - Satwik Mishra, Mechjunction Eduservices

Every aspect of a company is related to the kind of people it gets on board. - Rajive Dhavan, ‘STFU’

From the beginning of your journey as a founder, start cultivating a network of fellow entrepreneurs who you can share your ups and downs with. - Chandrika Pasricha, Flexing It

Having a great work culture is not an option — it is a necessity. - Vani Kola, Kalaari Capital


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