‘We are living in the world of personalised products’ – 20 quotes from Indian startup journeys


From productivity to products, 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 August 28 – September 3 with your colleagues and networks, and check back to the original articles for more insights!

Entrepreneurship is about unstructured growth; it’s about rapid growth, unmanageable growth, about disruptive services that never existed before. - Sudhir Sethi, IDG Ventures, India

Your identity and values go into making an organisation, never compromise on that. - Shriyanka Hore, TGFC

A true entrepreneur is a dreamer and a doer. – KS Bhatia, PumpKart

The product design and such other talents that were non-existent in India are now more abundant and accessible. - Alok Goel, SAIF Partners

We estimate that the overall spend on technology around recruitment in India is expected to grow to $4-5 billion by 2020. - Venkatesh Peddi, IDG Ventures

High rental prices drive couples to move in together at a younger age than ever before. - Vasanth Subramanian, Splittables

I disagree that you cannot build a strong business out of Kolkata. - Angshuman Bhattacharya, Sibia Analytics

We are living in the world of personalised products. - Sakina Wagh, Quench

The real power of AI will be unlocked when it learns organically, with minimal data. - Anand Chandrasekaran, Mad Street Den

Our aim is to build a platform for young Indians who want to create businesses of the future. - Mukesh Ambani, Reliance Jio

Experiencing a trouble first-hand is only half the story. The person also needs to have or develop capabilities to effectively address the pain point. – Pavan Soni, IIM Bangalore

'Schooling for all' shorn of perspective is a death knell for all. – Aparna Krishnan

When water is not on premises and needs to be collected, it’s our women and girls who are mostly paying with their time and lost opportunities. - Sanjay Wijesekera, UNICEF

Real change will come when powerful women are less of an exception. – Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook

Startups working in the field of rehabilitation should be encouraged and supported to cater to this market. - Sujatha Srinivasan, IIT Madras

Buildings and cities are not ends in themselves; they are parts of the larger cyclical loops of nature and should be planned as such. - Trupti Doshi, Sharanam Rural Development Centre

Every year the damage we give back to the water bodies in the name of festivals is absurd. - Dattadri Kothur, Tree Ganesh

Art is something that transports us into different realities and inspires people. - Kalki Subramaniam, artist

The single most important activity for all startups while scaling up is building the team, but unfortunately it is the one that is most ignored by founders. - Abhishek Sanghvi, Swan Angel Network

The most important thing you can do is find someone good to spend your life with. This is the only career advice. – James Altucher

Everything comes to an end at some point and you have to move on. – Raghuram Rajan, RBI

We need to look beyond cricket and make players from other sports poster boys and girls as well. - Shrenuj Jalan, BazaarCart

Everything we do is for the love of “beautiful”. - Andy Palmer, Aston Martin


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