‘Diversity is also a great driver of innovation’ – 30 quotes from Indian startup journeys

From design to diversity, 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 July 31 – August 6 with your colleagues and networks, and check back to the original articles for more insights!

Sports is a great business and technology is yet to play a major role in making it meaningful for clubs and players. - Mohandas Pai, Aarin Capital

With a huge market at its disposal and a mindset willing to acknowledge the internet, the B2B space in India is gaining traction. - Vartika Gupta, Bizongo

Indian fintech startups have a unique and in some cases larger opportunity than other global markets. – Bala Srinivasa, Kalaari Capital

There is an immediate need for an efficient procurement and distribution model in the unbranded goods market. - Rohit Dangyach, WholesaleBox

In India alone, 5 million people suffer heart attacks every year and 3 million of those don’t survive. - Charit Bhograj, Tricog

Every day close to 10 percent of the food and pharma industry goods get spoilt. - Ramesh Agarwal, Agarwal Packers and Movers

Currently, online retail is just one percent of the overall retail in India. - Sanjay Sethi, ShopClues

Space is like a chicken and egg situation. The first question we get asked is how many customers have signed up. That’s not how space sector will work in India. - Narayan Prasad, Dhruva Space

Millennial customers no longer interact with their bank from a traditional channel perspective. - Arundhati Bhattacharya, SBI

Technology should make the customer the centre of shopping. - Amar Revadi, XLogix

Today, an average person transacts at least two times on his phone, and he gets at least ten marketing SMSes a day. It can be a nightmare. - Prabhu S N M, Street Smart Mobile

Software can grow up to a certain level. It can grow only if electronics grows. - M N Vidyashankar, IESA

By 2018, the Hyderabad startup ecosystem will be bigger than the Bengaluru startup ecosystem. – Sanjay Enishetty, 50K Ventures

For smart cities to function, we need smart citizens. - T. Chitty Babu, CII Smart City

Both acting and charity keep me going. Through one I make money and the other I spend all the money! - Evelyn Sharma, Seams for Dreams

Happiness increases by sharing. The more you share, the more you get. - Satwik Mishra, Gram Vikas

Everyone should be treated equally irrespective of what dress size they wear. - Amber Qureshi

Diversity is also a great driver of innovation. - Manish Choudhary, Pitney Bowes India

There are very few funds in India, which are focussed on livelihoods or are impact funds. Most are focussed on health, education, water, financial inclusion and energy. - Neelam Chhiber, Industree

There is a strong need to create equal opportunities for all, particularly women, who are key contributors in the Indian job market. - Sanjay Modi, Monster India

Ability should only be judged on the basis of qualification and not gender. - Harshini Kanhekar, Fire Services

Women all over the world are redefining the way they are treated, and the way the world looks at them. - Namrata Purohit, Pilates Studio

In India, the culture has to change in terms of weaving a support system around women. - Sunita Maheshwari, Teleradiology Solutions

In the Indian context, safety of women employees needs to be implemented along with giving them a voice to voice their concerns. - Kanika Tekriwal, JetSetGo

If you never leave home, you miss exposure to a great deal of things. - Oluwaseun Babajide, SnapHubr

The difference between involvement and commitment is like ham and eggs. The chicken is involved; the pig is committed. – Martina Navratilova

A marvellous idea might be no good if it is not being worked upon by a great team. - Sameer Rastogi, India Juris

There is no perfect fit when you're looking for the next big thing to do. - Sheryl Sandberg, author

When your objective is to provide customer delight, everything else seems to fall in place. - Neeti Macker, HomeMakers

There is not much collaboration in the startup ecosystem. - Aina Barker, StyleBank

You might fail, you might succeed, but you owe it to yourself to take that plunge. - Vasuta Agarwal, InMobi

All entrepreneurs should build institutions, which is what makes great countries and people. - Sridhar Pinnapureddy, CTRLS

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