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‘The language of code is universal’ – 25 quotes from Indian startup journeys

Madanmohan Rao
21st Aug 2016
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From coding to commerce, 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 August 14–21 with your colleagues and networks, and check back to the original articles for more insights!


In the last decade, India has shifted from low-cost service provider to actual product builder. - Praveen Paranjothi, SEU-IN

The organised food business in India is worth $48 billion, of which food delivery is valued at $15 billion. - India Brand Equity Foundation report

The online jewellery market in India is expected to grow at $3.6 billion over the next three years. - Harshad Lahoti, ah! Ventures

The ‘desi mafia’ is growing and has great potential to become a bridge across continents. - Reshma Sohoni, Seedcamp

There is only three to four percent of the total Indian population which really file their taxes today. - Abhishek Soni, Tax2win

Employment in India is dominated by small employers and the highly fragmented unorganised sector. - Vivek Chandok, Saral Rozgar

If Bengaluru can be known as a city of pubs why cannot it be known as the city of fitness? - Shwetambari Shetty, The Tribe Fitness Club

We are taking startups everywhere — all across Karnataka. We have startups that have applied for funds in every conceivable sector. - Priyank Kharge, Karnataka IT Minister

Culture is the collection of people making decisions every day. – Jeff Lawson, Twilio

Write about what you know; write the best story and write it as straight as you can. - Ernest Hemingway

It’s important to dream big and be ambitious, but over-ambitious and over-bloated ideas are hard to take off. - Manil Gupta, The Creative Indians

Frugality drives innovation and teaches business sense. - Mukesh Singh, ZopNow

Entrepreneurship is not a cakewalk; everyone talks about the shiny side, but no one tells you about the dark side of entrepreneurship. - Pardeep Goyal, Startup Karma

Whatever negative vibes you get from people, just ignore it. - Jennifer Cheing, boxer

The language of code is universal. - Ambarish Mitra, Blippar

AI is clearly going to disrupt customer service, provided we place the right bets today. - Baishampayan Ghose, Helpshift

A nation that destroys its soils destroys itself. – Franklin Roosevelt

As people are getting richer, it is no secret that there is more wastage happening, more dumping happening. - Jaideep Sajdeh, Texool

What we need is not monetary contributions, but just the time and compassion of our fellow citizens. - Sarah Afridi, Robin Hood Army

Money alone is not enough and people should show affection and support to the suffering families of the martyred soldiers. – Sudha Murthy, Infosys Foundation

Stereotypical perceptions have existed in our society due to lack of interactions, awareness, or plain disinterest. - Danyush Mamik, Percept Pictures

Baby steps are needed to build trust and faith. - Haseem Uz Zamaan, Open Sky Slam partner

Our mothers make the world alright. - Manisha Raisinghani, LogiNext

Females are determined that they will no more lag behind and stand side by side with their brothers in any activities however dangerous or difficult. - Manini Chatterjee, author

Dream yields to dream, strife follows strife, And Death unweaves the webs of Life. - Sarojini Naidu

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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