‘Ambition alone doesn’t work. Missions do’ – 25 quotes from Indian startup journeys


From automation to ambition, 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 May 15-21 with your colleagues and networks, and check back to the original articles for more insights!


We live in exciting times and it truly is the era of mobile phones. - Sundar Pichai, Google

India is home to one of the most vibrant and entrepreneurial iOS development communities in the world. – Tim Cook, Apple

There are plenty of other opportunities that can help India leapfrog into the category of innovative creators rather than globalisation operators. - Utsav Somani, Let’s Venture

After ‘Startup India’ and ‘Make in India’, India now needs to protect the ‘Creative India: Innovative India’ by simply registering everything that we create. - Mehak Chhabra, Registrationwala.com

Manufacturing is poised to grow in the country, engineers can make a career in this industry. - V Sumantran, Hinduja Group

People in general tend to not see too far into the future and understand the transformation power of a simple invention. – Vani Kola, Kalaari Capital

India is unique and (things are) going to pan out differently. We will figure out our own way which is not like either China or the US. - Kashyap Deorah, Hypertrack

No matter what kind of funding option you choose, make sure that there is a foolproof plan for utilising the money, so that you can select or attract the right investor for your company. - Ankush Gera, Junglee Games

Once our basic needs are met, it’s far more important to pass happiness down the generations rather than accumulating property and stocks as inheritance. - Visakh Viswambharan, Appiness

Money is important, but art has to be pursued for the passion one has for creating and changing lifestyles and thought processes. - Puneet Kaushik, artist

As an artist, it is essential to keep an open mind and an open heart as an artist. It is all about telling the story in the most honest and open way you know. - Meher Mistry

An ordinary life cannot give extraordinary results. - Tanay Sukumar, News That Matters Not

Ambition alone doesn’t work. Missions do. - Kunal Shah, FreeCharge

Thou shall build a company with a soul. – Wow Express

Being young and cool is easy. But, being authentic isn’t. - Niraj Kakkar, Paperboat

Simply relying on work hours to gain skills will not take you anywhere. What you do after work determines how far you can reach. - Sairee Chahal, SHEROES

In a country where 20 percent of the population is undernourished, post-harvest losses are a substantial avoidable waste. – Varun Khurana, Cro Farm

Hearing loss is the second largest disability in the country that affects more than 120 million lives with majority sufferers over the age of 60. - Neeraj Dotel, Quadio Devices

Internet usage by women in rural areas continues to remain a challenge. Only 1 in 10 internet users in rural India is a woman. - Sapna Chadha, Google India

Home developers and builders have started to realise that building green helps attract more customers and investors. - Prashant Kapoor, IFC Climate Business Group

In India, they say that rivers are the birthplaces of civilisation – and civilisation the graveyard for rivers. – John Thackara, ‘Designing Tomorrow’s World Today’

Dharavi isn’t a subset of Mumbai; nor does it exists in isolation. It works in tandem with the nation’s financial capital and must be viewed as such. – Joseph Bird, Reality Tours

Believe in the magic of new beginnings and have faith in your abilities to make it work. - Sanaa Jhurani, The Papier Project

Nothing can set the ball rolling for startups than serving quality-conscious, large-scale businesses that expect very high service standards in the very beginning. - Sunil Goyal, YourNest Angel Fund

India is an extremely fragmented market, which is pretty difficult to navigate for international brands. - Julie Rousselet, My Envy Box

Life throws many challenges that one has to overcome in the right spirit. - Siddharth Bapat

Happiness is a mysterious thing, to be found somewhere between too little and too much. – Ruskin Bond


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