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'When you survive hell, you emerge stronger and humbler' – 20 quotes from Mobile Sparks 2016

Madanmohan Rao
20th Nov 2016
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From mobilisation to motivation, 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 YourStory’s MobileSparks 2016 with your colleagues and networks, and check back to the original articles for more insights!


Build your moat otherwise someone will come and eat your lunch. Build your competitive advantage. - Deep Kalra, MakeMyTrip

It should be finding the right number of users and not just downloads. - Shilpa Singh, Cube26

India has leapfrogged desktop and laptop technology to mobile technology. - Sanjay Sethi, Shopclues

It is important to have a team in the early stages, the members of which are willing to put in the same amount of blood, sweat and tears as you are. - Jitendra Gupta, Citrus Pay

With effect from next year (July 1, 2017), all phones manufactured and sold in India will support input of text in three languages (English, Hindi, and one local language) and readability in 22 languages. - Rajiv Bansal, Joint Secretary, Department of Electronics and IT

It is a human mindset - even the smartest guy doesn’t want to look like an idiot, and in a way, that is what happens with raising capital, because it is the cool thing to do. - Mohit Bhatnagar, Sequoia Capital Advisors India

The only way we can actually understand the market is by delving deep into it and being with the customer. - Dippak Khurana, VMAX

When you survive hell, you emerge stronger and humbler. - Ankur Singla, Helpchat

Good design is strategy made visible, visual design is just a top layer. - Jay Dutta, SAIF Partners

We have about 50 million points of interest, which may be a brand or shop name, or entity details. - Rishin Kalra, MapMyIndia

Cache as much as you can so you get a better experience even if offline. - Amar Nagaram, Flipkart

If you have low margins, work on scale. - Sahil Sani, JustBuyLive

Mobile is the new architecture in the world. - Karthee Madasamy, Qualcomm Ventures

In India, only 12 percent of the population speaks English. – DataMail

We are called the Wikipedia of medicines for India. – Gaurav Agarwal, 1Mg

A key e-commerce challenge for small companies is product photography. - Ankit Jain, Pictor

Give people the freedom to innovate. - Jon Von Tetzchner; Vivaldi, Opera

In India the true address book is the mobile address book. – Suarabh Arora, Lybrate

For unbanked users, a key priority is finding out how much mobile balance they have. - Cheolwon (Charlie) Lee, True Balance

Begin by asking what questions your customers have. – Manish Rathi, Rail Yatri

97 percent of all transactions in India are done in cash. - Sahil Kini, Aspada Invesments

Complexity is empowering. - Taru Kapoor, Tinder

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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