Expert advice: Ride the wave of technology with a winning team to create an impact

14th Oct 2016
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Build, Grow and Monetise! That’s the only way real businesses are made. The YourStory TechSparks 2016 focussed mainly on disruptive technologies, sustainable scale, and startup fundamentals.

Here are some insights from women leaders, entrepreneurs, investors, and industry experts on a broad spectrum of topics such as entrepreneurship, technology, team building and impact.

Entrepreneurship

“Genetics doesn’t determine entrepreneurship, but it does push towards it.” – Anu Acharya, MapMyGenome
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Anu Acharya, MapMyGenome

“Working with the Indian government is not for the faint-hearted!” - Prerna Mukharya, Outline India

“Pursue your purpose and the means will follow.” - Trupti Doshi, Auroma Group

“Entrepreneurs need to focus on three things - keep people first, deal with multitasking and the stress associated with it and finally with metrics.” -Vinothini Raju, Blumeric Inc.

“I have learnt the most from my fellow entrepreneurs. I believe they are my mentors and we all have an obligation to give back to young entrepreneurs who are entering the ecosystem.” - Naiyya Saagi, BabyChakra

Creating impact

“You can deliver good service, make profit and yet create good impact while solving a real problem.” - Yogita Muttha, The Violet

“Creating a business is equal to creating an impact.”- Trupti Doshi, The Auroma Group

 Technology

"Technology brings down the cost of delivery, increases your reach quickly and it also brings in transparency,” said Ritu Varma, Ankur Capital.

“India has built its digital highways much faster than physical highways and infrastructure.” ‑ Ritu

Ride the wave

“Stay nimble, you don’t know where the next wave is. Get on the wave and ride it quickly,” said Harsha Kumar, Lightspeed India Partners Advisors.

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Harsha Kumar, Lightspeed Venture Partners

“We are very excited about this space. We are doing what we are good at, which is banking, and are also going beyond banking to help startups during every stage of evolution,” said Tanu Bhargava, Senior Vice President and Head – New Economy Group at Axis Bank.

Script your narrative

“How are we shaping our narrative? AI is about society’s evolution. It’s not all about humans versus robots and all the destruction that movies show us.” ‑ Ashwini Asokan, MadStreetDen

Team building

“We keep doing fun activities in the company. Recently, we conducted a treasure hunt game with our team. However, CSR is the most important activity we tap into. Through CSR, we do various activities that help keep the fun part alive amidst employees,” said Julie Knight, Vice President, Global Enterprise Marketing, Zendesk.

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“To build a culture within a company, the founders need to bring in leaders on board who are representative of that culture.” – Julie Knight, Zendesk.

The key to success is to ride the wave with a winning team and technology to create an impact. And while you’re at it, don’t forget who you are and why you started. Be true to your story!

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