‘Culture is the invisible co-founder' – 30 quotes from Indian startup journeys

22nd Jan 2017
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From code to culture, 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 January 15-21 with your colleagues and networks, and check back to the original articles for more insights.


Culture is the invisible co-founder who can make or break your business. - Deepak Kanakaraju

Founders bring in perspective, which others cannot, but every founder cannot necessarily be a CEO. - Hari T.N., BigBasket

If you want to be respected, you have to have the love quotient. – Jack Ma, AliBaba

The important thing is not the destination but the direction. – James Altucher

If you don’t break some records you’re a no one. - Muhammad Ali

Focus on life and not what is going wrong. - Farida Rizwan, Pink Hope Cancer Patient Survivor Group

The time is always right to do what is right. – Martin Luther King Jr.

Never give up. Hard work will always pay off. - Santosh Rajan, GeekSkool

Prior work experience does not seem to influence magnitude of capital raised. – Bala Srinivasa, Kalaari Capital

Startups are just so different from anything that you might have done in the past that knowing what to expect is key to remaining sane. - Prukalpa Sankar, SocialCops

There are several startups in India that can build brands thanks to the internet, which has created new age customers. - Prem Kumar, SnapBizz

I want the world to know that India and Indians can make world class products. - Purushothaman R, EPRLABs

India is yet to find its mark in the global AI scene and attract the right kind of people to the space. What AI needs is patient capital. - Jerric Lyns John, Nucarbn

The acceptability of edtech solution is growing in schools, amongst parents and students as well. - Rajat Agarwal, Matrix Partners

While most companies are investing in technology or retail outlets, there is barely any innovation when it comes to the gifts or experiences themselves. - Varun Todi, Oye Happy

The process of going digital is to create information governance and compliance. - Srividya Kannan, Avaali Solutions

A good domain name gives an enterprise that initial trust and credibility. It definitely plays a part in search results. - Pankaj Vijayvargiya, Bitlevel International

The level of evangelising that has taken place for startups and entrepreneurship in this country has to deliver in the next five to 10 years. – Ronnie Screwvala, UpGrad

Startps need more support in terms of taxation and infrastructure. - Ramesh Abhishek, DIPP

What startups expect is more clarity on the tax laws and lesser discretionary powers with the tax officials. - Alok Patnia, Taxmantra

We just don’t aim to provide patronage to startups but want to enable them to be a job-creators. - Nirmala Sitharaman, Ministry of Commerce

The use of IT is benefitting the large population of the State as it is making a social impact as well as creating small entrepreneurs. - Naveen Kumar, Uttar Pradesh IT Secretary

With receptive and responsive governments at the helm, the scenario appears bright for startups in India. - Rahul Bhagchandani, YouthConnect

Do not expect the government to find all the solutions. Help the government by finding solutions. - ‘Solar Suresh’

Many a times solutions do exist, what is important is to have the will and the determination to pursue them till the end! – Richard Rebello, AR farms

One person dies every four minutes on Indian roads, the highest in the world. - Harman Singh Sidhu, ArriveSafe

Today, it’s very crucial for women to be aware of their surroundings, be hopeful for the best, and be prepared for the worst. - Nidhi Tiwari, Women Beyond Boundaries

We are furious and we will be furious till the acts of sexual harassment end. - Apurva Vurity, TISS

It is very difficult to convince companies that an all-girls team can do the field work. - Manupriya Vats, Team Panthera

Women in tech have always fared better in India than say, in the USA. - Cynthia Srinivas, Intuit

A good entrepreneur is able to spot an opportunity before others see it. - Dilip Shanghvi, Sun Pharma

Lose a few battles to win the war. Have the courage to fall, and develop the determination to pick yourself up to win that battle of life. - Sucheta Pal, Zumba Education Specialist

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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