‘Indian entrepreneurs will be unstoppable’ – 25 quotes from Indian startup journeys

Madanmohan Rao
24th Apr 2016
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From speed to scale, 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 25 gems and insights from the week of April 17 – 23 with your colleagues and networks, and check back to the original articles for more insights!

Nothing or nobody else except you can stop you from being an entrepreneur. - Aafreen Ansari, My Child App

Every bit of time with startups is a huge payback. - Sarv Saravanan, EMC

We are an organisation that spends 20 per cent of our revenues on R&D, and it is time we also looked for ideas from startups. - Somshubro Pal Choudhury, Analog Devices India

‘Microlearning’ or bite-sized lessons in the form of games are a new trend catching up in India. - Rajiv Jayaraman, KNOLSKAPE

A banking revolution is upon us. - Raghuram Rajan, RBI

I just feel as a doctor I could just reach about 100 patients a day, but by leveraging technology I can reach 100 million a day. - Ritesh Malik, docpreneur

Farmers will take effort to acquire knowledge even for small benefits, especially if they can eliminate middlemen. - Vikas Goyal, Agroman

Food business needs to self-sustain at least for a decade before the dynamics change. For that you need passion. - Anand Lunia, IndiaQuotient

Calligraphy is a very beautiful art that helps you develop concentration and patience. It is almost like meditation. – Kruthika Ramakrishnan, Wrilax

A photographer needs to have the skill of seeing; seeing the image without the camera. – Katia Peshakova, wedding photographer

Travel in its purest form is the best teacher one can ever have. It transforms your perspective on life, and it transforms you. - Swati Jain, solo taveller

Only when we see, we understand. And only when we understand, we appreciate. And only when we appreciate, will we care enough to protect. - Ansoo Gupta, One Shoe Trust

The story of Digital India is about the demographics, about two thirds of the population is less than 35 years of age. - Srinivas Padmanabharao, Akamai Technologies

It is entirely premature to evaluate an investment track record after 18 months. - Paul Kranhold, SoftBank

Lately, heavily funded startups prioritised growth over unit economics, and investors gave consent to it. However, the table has turned now. - Haresh Chawla, India Value Fund

Make a plan to cut down your spend. And then tear up the plan and make a new one to spend half the amount you spent on the previous one. - Bala Parthasarathy, SnapFish

Entrepreneurs are always struggling to find the perfect balance between opportunity and realism that an investor can buy into. - Karl Alomar, DigitalOcean

The lean startup for social change is a radical new way to listen to people. It is also a force for innovative democratisation. – Michel Gelobter, ‘Learn Startup’

On demand models are plenty. The question is, are they being discovered faster. - R. Natarajan, Helion Ventures

Today’s water problems cannot be solved by science and technology alone. They are instead human problems of governance, policy, leadership, and social resilience. - Rajendra Singh

Business networking, negotiations and sales work largely because of second-degree connections. - Harsh Snehanshu, Whereabout

Networking isn’t just an art, it’s hard work. But remember, every contact you build makes it easier for you to compete. - Tina Garg, Pink Lemonade

Working from a co-working space is not just a fad but necessity of startups. - Vishal Gaba, Movified

Indian IT has been integral to the rise of modern industrial India. The Indian IT and BPM industry employs 3.5 million people. – Kris Gopalakrishnan, Infosys

In the magnitude of its impact on the rising urban middle class of India, e-commerce is probably second only to the rise of the IT industry at the turn of the 21st century. - Shubhankar Bhattacharya, Kae Capital

Indian entrepreneurs will be unstoppable. – Ronnie Screwvala, ‘Dream with your eyes open’


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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