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‘Don’t be swayed by overnight success stories’ – 20 quotes from Indian startup journeys

Madanmohan Rao
4th Jun 2016
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From product to profit, 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 20 gems and insights from the week of May 29 – June 5 with your colleagues and networks, and check back to the original articles for more insights!


Innovation is indispensable for the Indian economy to realise its vision of becoming a successful digital economy. - Debjani Ghosh, Intel

Hardware startups can thrive in a country traditionally known for apps and e-commerce. - Robin Sukroso, ACPAD

Less than one percent of Indians have access to credit cards. - Mayank Jain, FlipKart

Retail in India will never die. You will always find one audience plugged into the digital medium, while the other will always be a part of the brick-and-mortar retail environment. - Nitin Shah, Sapna Bookhouse

As the internet continues to grow, digital presence is paramount for brands and organised retail. - Ajay Gupta, A.T. Kearney

Comic books are gaining popularity once again. – Rajeev Tamhankar, Thought Bubbles Studio

If you go back in to history, it was the famed Silk Route that gave Kashmiris job opportunities and raw materials. - Ejaz Ayoub, Silk Route Consulting Group

It is strangely addictive to keep looking at social media numbers – shares, likes, comments – and feel warm enough with online user engagement. – Vrunda Bansode, Cloud Mentor

No one can tell you how to get the initial traction but yourself. The best way is to experiment, learn, repeat! - Akhilesh Lahoti, SocialE

If the question of problem and customer identification is comprehensively addressed, it sets the foundation for solutions and scale. - Gaurav Singh, Sylvant

Standardisation is killing creativity. - Suhaas Kaul, Urban Ladder

The hard thing about life is that sometimes you’ve got to gain on someone else’s loss. - David Warner, Australian cricketer

I’d encourage emerging startups to not be intimidated by failure and try to conquer every challenge they may encounter with strong execution. - Dinesh Agarwal, IndiaMART

Some rituals may be helpful, and even necessary, as long as you know why they are needed. - T N Hari, BigBasket

With only 24 million students enrolled out of the potential 120 million, the current brick-and-mortar higher education system is facing major challenges. – Kris Gopalakrishnan, Avagmah

It’s never too late to begin healing. Don’t lose hope until you really have left no stone unturned. - Vidhu Goyal, HomeRaaga

Life is all about believing that good things will come your way. - Geeta Tandon, stunt woman

My passion was such that hard work didn’t seem like a burden for me. - Ayesha Aziz, pilot

The less you respond to negative people the more peaceful your life will become. - Rajnikanth

Profit. This might have needed explaining in 2015. Not anymore. – Deepinder Goyal, Zomato

Don’t be swayed by overnight success stories. Most entrepreneurs make it after years of hard work. - Lavina Rodrigues, Pyra

By 2020, 94 percent of [Bengaluru] landscape will be under concrete. That is an unrealistic and tragic growth. - TV Ramachandra, IISc

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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