‘Counting clicks is not what counts’ – 30 quotes from Indian startup journeys

17th Apr 2016
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From metrics to markets, 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 April 10 – 16 with your colleagues and networks, and check back to the original articles for more insights!

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The sari business has characteristics that may never allow a business to scale up and consolidate. - Aditya Somani, Premji Invest

The beauty and wellness industry in India will be $13 billion by 2017. - KPMG report

Think positive and follow your passions and good health will follow automatically. - Dimple Mirchandani, Secret Dresser

Bengaluru, specifically, is fast emerging as a centre of innovation. Forty one percent of the total startups in India are based out of Bengaluru. - Alokik Advani, GSPSI

Rajasthan is the first State to enable utilisation of all its services and applications by startups and IT organisations by the mechanism of API/web services. - Akhil Arora, Secretary, ITes and Communications, Rajasthan

Any next generation, cutting-end credit scoring algorithm is driven by the quality of data. - Anubhav Jain, Creditexchange

Internet or any online platform should speak to users in their language. - Amitesh Misra, ShabdaNagari

People from different parts of the country should be able to chat and get responses in the language they prefer. - Pratyush Prasanna, MagicX

With 22 official languages, and hundreds of smaller ones, the multiplicity of languages becomes a challenge for publishers. - Purvi Shah, Pratham Books

You are bound to make mistakes, being bootstrapped just helps you accept the facts much faster. - Pranat Bhadani, Medyog

Crowdfunding is a break-through for the SME/early-stage startups, especially the bootstrapped ones, to source funds from the market. – Aravind S, QED Corporate Advisors

When there is a strong focus on your goal, nothing can stop you. - Purnima Devi Burman, biologist

It’s a roller coaster ride, enjoy it. Keep your balance even on one leg. You won’t tip, but if you do, get up. – Anu Acharya, MapMyGenome

Failure is not available in my dictionary. – Siddu, ‘Human Calculator’

Aim for the sky, but move slowly, enjoying every step along the way. It is all those little steps that make the journey complete. - Chanda Kochhar, ICICI Bank

Too often, in the hurry to scale up, we miss the joy of remaining small. And sometimes, small is good. - Navya Agarwal, I Value Every Idea (IVEI)

It is never too late to follow your heart and chase your dreams. Remember age is just a number. - Chhavi Dang, Comm Sutra

The mobile is where government and corporate will focus their digital journey. - Nandan Nilekani

Video content is a must have in today’s world. - Tim Norton, 90 Seconds

98 per cent of the connected population is using the Internet to shop, while 96 per cent use it to browse social media. – Nielsen survey

GST is a game-changing reform for the Indian economy. - Rishika. S. Pardikar, Chartered Accountant

Great startups have been providing value at the core of their being. - Garima Juneja, ViralCurry

Counting clicks is not what counts. - Suhaas Kaul, Urban Ladder

Growth is about learning and evolving with the different variables and moving parts. - Sriharsha Majety, Swiggy

Entrepreneurs need to be both astronauts and artists. – Vani Kola, Kalaari Capital

Startups are the best place to learn the skills that have no place in your college curriculum. - Nansi Mishra, BabyGogo intern

Working at a startup is a wonderful way to acquire experience and continue learning while doing real work in a dynamic environment. - Nimit Agrawal, GrabHouse

IP must not be restricted to filings and applications but also be made a critical part of all other contracts. - Shubhankar Bhattacharya, Kae Capital

Multiplying the celebrations at the grassroots is the first step to making innovation truly accessible. - Amit Balooni

There are enough individuals in our nation who are thinking about the prosperity of their villages, but have little support. - Umesh Malhotra, Hippocampus

Men who advocate for themselves are often rewarded for their confidence while women who take the same approach can be penalized by their superiors. - Vani Kola, Kalaari Capital

In our society, people think dark colour is not good. People doubt dark skin. - Jaya P. S., activist

There is heavy discrimination against our community. If we wear uniforms and step out, people don’t even come near us. - Mariammal, manual scavenger

Political tyranny is nothing compared to the social tyranny and a reformer who defies society is a more courageous man than a politician who defies Government. - Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar

 

YourStory has also published the pocketbook ‘Proverbs and Quotes for Entrepreneurs: A World of Inspiration for Startups’ as a creative and motivational guide for innovators (downloadable as apps here: Apple, Android).

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