‘Excess cash limits people from thinking intuitively and innovatively’ – 30 quotes from Indian startup journeys

1st Jan 2017
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From foundations to finance, 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 35 gems and insights from the week of December 25-31 with your colleagues and networks, and check back to the original articles for more insights. This is our first edition of Storybites for 2017 – do make it a habit to read this column each week and YourStory each day!


The story about the road to fame is far less important than the story built using fame! - Pratik Seal, AGS Group

Sometimes I get so worked up dreaming of the millions of directions I could fly that I forget to take off. – James Altucher

The internet has allowed us to switch from “pipe” to “platform”, where users add value and then consume it themselves. - Julie Woods-Moss, Tata Communications

Disruptive hardware innovations should serve as platforms that connect multiple beneficiaries and providers. - Vishwanathan Sahasranamam, FORGE Accelerator

Connecting directly with the end user by empathising with them is essential if a business intends to break the clutter. - Bhavishya Garg, HDFC RED

The first and biggest challenge was the formation of a team with the amount of motivation a startup needs. - Shitiz Dogra, First Eat

The recent demonetisation drive has infused a new breath of life to the sector, and it is time for the e-tailers to focus on enhancing sales and revenue during this period. - Mayank Bhangadia, Roposo

Delivery speed has become one of the key metrics to gauge performance of e-tailers. - Anil Kumar, RedSeer Consulting

The FMCG industry has seen very good growth over the last decade or so. With this the packaging industry also grew over ten times. - Nishith Patel, RECRON

The mission of building India through enterprise has never been more relevant and possessed of more standing than it is today. - Shashank Mani Tripathi, Jagriti Sewa Sansthan

As of now, not many organised e-publishing platforms support the creation, distribution and reading of Indian language content. - Apurva Ashar, Cygnet Infotech

Not chasing late payments is a very big and detrimental accounting mistake you can avoid. - Uwe Dreissigacker, InvoiceBerry

Payments is now becoming a data play, and 2017 will see this play coming across more effectively. - Jitendra Gupta, Citrus Pay

Legislation changes and looming net neutrality threats have done little to hinder mobile carriers from offering zero-rated services. – Max Azarov, Cloudike

In the digital world, nothing takes precedence over security. - V. Sridhar, IIIT- Bangalore

Providing a premium and smooth user experience is the key for all apps to succeed, especially in 2017. - Jayavardhan BN, Hashtaag

Community-driven trust drives growth in a way that no marketing campaign can. - Smriti Dubey, Redesyn

Growth requires a very specific skillset which is hard to find. - Rishabh Dev, MappLinks

Growth does not happen by ads. – Kunal Bahl, SnapDeal

Excess cash in fact limits people from thinking intuitively and innovatively. - Ashish Hemrajani, BookMyShow

Data will talk to you if you are willing to listen. - Jim Bergeson

Weave into your philosophy and culture the theme that processes multiply our ability to exercise freedom. – Anu Sharma, The HR Practice

Entrepreneurs are an optimistic lot, and self-delusion is fundamental to our psychological makeup. – David S. Rose, New York Angels

When you try to implement what everyone says, you are leading someone else’s life. - Amish Tripathi, author

The potential of crowdfunding is limitless, it’s your chance to make something big for you. – Manikanth Devarakonda, GrowthHub

You can’t plan the real runaway successes. - Aishwarya Rajinikanth Dhanush

If women in sports get more exposure, they will do better than the boys. - Shiba Maggon

My wish for children is freedom. The freedom to think, the freedom to live. – Priyanka Chopra

Education is a major form of empowerment, and a person should be educated right from childhood. - Satish Manchikanti, U&I

The New Year is an important time for making health and fitness resolutions. - Tushar Vashisht, Healthify Me

You do not have to be flawless to win in life. You just have to be good at some things and be really good at them. – T N Hari, Big Basket

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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