‘India will be a global player in the digital economy’ – 30 quotes from Indian startup journeys

By Madanmohan Rao|8th Jan 2017
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From domestic market to global stage, 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 1-7 with your colleagues and networks, and check back to the original articles for more insights. This is our second edition of Storybites for 2017 – do make it a habit to read this column each week and YourStory each day!


Entrepreneurship is a footprint left by a series of efforts done right. – Yoga Grand Master Akshar

The first day of the week or month or year has the potential for being a new beginning, a fresh start. - Abhijit Bhaduri’ The Digital Tsunami’

2016 was a reset year for entrepreneurs. - Sandeep Singhal, Nexus Venture Partners

True joy is infectious. It’s contagious. It’s a virus. – James Altucher

Leadership is about change and unlearning what you have learnt. - Jose Tolosa, Viacom

Life just goes on. It is all about perspectives. - Anthony Pompliano, Full Tilt Capital

An entrepreneur's life is the hardest because it’s the most lonely. - Sahil Kini, Aspada

Alignment is best achieved by intense interaction in the early stages of working together along with a lot of unadulterated feedback. - T N Hari, BigBasket

The workspace of tomorrow will cut the clutter, break the monotony and emphasise innovation. - Ishan Thacker, Vector Projects

India can never be a repeat of the US or China. – Vani Kola, Kalaari

There is no dearth of capital. It is not just the traditional pool of investors anymore. - Raja Lahiri, Grant Thornton

Rural India is the least connected, where just one out of 10 people are connected with the internet. – Rajan Anandan, Google

The opportunity for new business models in healthcare has just taken off. - Sanjiv Agarwal, Diabetacare

As a country with 1.2 billion people, highly vulnerable for multiple hazards, we lack in expertise and organised civil society response to emergencies. - Mohamad Farukh, Rapid Response

When you speak about VR, people think of mobile VR, which is not truly immersive. - Adarsh Muthappa, AutoVRse

Having your apps talk to each other and enabling seamless flow of data plays an important role in any business today. - Girish Mathrubootham, Freshdesk

Artificial intelligence will help in safety of the passenger. This is the biggest use case. - Shrawan Raja, Indianautosblog

We are our biggest competitor. – Carl Pei, OnePlus

The ecosystem for interactive content is maturing, with enablers and accelerators emerging by the day. - Hemanth G, Hubwords Media

Consumer study is important because their needs keep changing. - Vikas L, MCaffeine

Brand building is very important and an offline and online strategy is what every brand is getting into. - Harminder Sahni, Wazir Advisors

There are close to zero considerations for people with a disability in India. - Preethi Srinivasan, SoulFree

We need to set examples for the public and show them that we care about the society. - P Narahari, Collector of Indore district

‘Kaali’ or not, I know I’m lovely! - Deyvika

I don’t think you need to become a man to show you have power. - Devita Saraf, VU Technologies

There are various niche job sites now that focus on companies offering flexi timings and have work environment conducive for working women. - Sairee Chahal, Sheroes

I’m not fashionable and I know nothing about fashion. But I have my individual style and style is eternal. – Vidya Balan

Reduce consumption as much as you can and reuse for as long as you can. - Hemant Bagai, Terrapro

Education should eliminate fear and not ratify it. - Sandhya Gupta, Aavishkaar

Though each one of us is hopeful about the black money being eradicated, the shoddy implementation of the same is something that cannot be ignored. - K. Venkatesh

I see India turning into a trillion-dollar economy in the next three years. - Ravi Shankar Prasad, Minister of Communications and Information Technology

India will be a global player in the digital economy, and it will be competitive with any country in the world. - Sunder Pichai, Google


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