‘Most of our challenges appear to be in our heads’ – 25 quotes from Indian startup journeys

Madanmohan Rao
1st May 2016
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From mobility to motivation, 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 24 – 30 with your colleagues and networks, and check back to the original articles for more insights!


Brick-and-mortar businesses will move towards e-commerce and will largely be driven by technology. - Amitabh Kant, Niti Aayog

Omni-channel will become a very important decision for brick-and-mortar retailers to boost sales. - Shivanandan Pare, Aditya Birla Fashion and Retail

E-commerce has grown complex and self-contradicting archaic laws are unable to keep pace with the growth in the startup world. – Shubhankar Bhattacharya, Kae Capital

It’s estimated that up to 70 percent of the most common health issues people face can be managed online. - Satish Kannan, DocsApp

There are lot of possibilities to introduce IoT in healthcare in a non-intrusive manner. - Manu Madhusudanan, Cooey

If you look at the education sector, only 20 percent is organised, which comes to about $2 billion. - Amit Shrivastava, KopyKitab

Crowdfunding and fintech are at a very early stage of evolution in India and Southeast Asia. - Harshavardhan Bothra, RB Investments

I think being a woman gave me a better advantage, as I was more empathetic. - Chandaben Shroff, Shrujan Trust

There was this common notion across the industry that women don’t make great entrepreneurs. - Priyanka Agarwal, Wishberry

In Kashmir it is very difficult to setup a business especially for a woman. - Arifa Jan, Incredible Kashmiri Crafts

There is a systemic gender-based discrimination that exists in society. - Vandana Venkatesh

You are either a feminist, or an asshole. These are your choices. - Salman Rushdie

Cities need to understand that the slum dwellers service the city. – Shabana Azmi

Doing good must not be penalised. – Chet Jain, Crowdera

Product managers should be able to visualise how their product is going to be at least for next six months. - Karthick Prabu, RoomsTonite

I didn’t flirt with the idea right away. I first became good friends with it. - Nitin Gupta, ‘entertainment engineer’

At the end of the day, what is going to survive your business is users who come in on their own and talk about you. - Shivankit Arora, MarketingMasala.com

Instead of searching for an investor, we focussed more on creating a great product. - Suresh Kumar G, MacAppStudio

Storytelling is not confined to just art, writing, or movies alone. It is as much applicable to business, sport, sales, and management as it is to art. - Balachandar R, Wassup Ondemand

Real learning comes with experience out in the real world. - Alicia Souza, communications designer

I was willing to fail young and gave myself a year to explore. - Khurram Mir, Harsha Naturals

Most of our challenges appear to be in our heads. - Summi Gambhir, Pregpreneur.com

Engaging in social activities needs time, not money. - Sneha Chandrashekhar, Merit 360

Building and thriving on the right partnerships is paramount to scale. - Revati Deshmukh, Educate Girls

Remember that there is only one planet for us to live in and that planet is now becoming endangered. – Narayana Murthy, Infosys


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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