‘Think of value creation, not valuation’ – 25 quotes from Indian startup journeys


From valuation to value, 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 25 gems and insights from the week of January 22-28 with your colleagues and networks, and check back to the original articles for more insights. 


You have to have a big dream, a big goal, and a big vision; but, you have got to implement it ‘one milestone at a time.’ - Jyoti Bansal, AppDynamics

The world isn’t going the McDonald’s way, where everything looks the same. - Jason Noronha, The Hostel Crowd

I take an UberPool or an OlaShare to work every day, not only are they pocket friendly they are also convenient. Seems like the government isn’t very keen on public convenience. – Bangalore cab passenger

Humans aren’t so special. We are one of among 10 million, give or take, species on the planet. Just one. - James Altucher

Let’s put the effort, together as a fraternity, to make a great ecosystem of opportunity and learning. - Misbah Ashraf, Toymail

General mentorship barely adds value. Hand-holding efforts need to vary from time to time in the growth life cycle of a startup. - Ajay Ramasubramaniam, Zone Startups India

A conducive business environment and ease of doing business shall automatically boost startups and industries in all sectors. – Alok Patnia, Tax Mantra

A lot of tasks are much easier abroad in terms of setting up an organisation, getting taxation certificates, and setting up the legal entity and compliance framework. - Safeena Husain, Educate Girls

Athleisure is a global trend and if you look at all the global brands they are strongly positioned in that segment. - Allu Sirish, Deivee

Co-working space is the need of the hour. - Radha Kapoor, ISDI ACE

If you do the right things consistently and keep your integrity intact, generally, you'll be successful. - Pramod Varma, EkStep

It is a tightrope walk for a working mother. Let’s try and make her and our society successful! Let us pledge to get those mothers back to work. - Shradha Tripathi, BabyChakra

Often enough, women tend to over-think everything and edit our thoughts to turn them into something that would be liked and approved by everybody. - Manavika Phukan, Handtribe

Many startups look to do the same things. It isn’t easy to find startups with innovative solutions. - Frederic Oru, NUMA

In the field of biomedicine alone, researchers publish more than 4,000 scientific papers every day. - Cori Bargmann, CZI

Whether it is investments, mentorship, or growth, non-profits need the same amount of push to succeed. - Atul Satija, The/Nudge Foundation

Returning money is more important than raising money. - Mahesh Murthy, Pinstorm

Entrepreneurship isn’t only a personal concern, it’s also a reflection of our social and cultural lives. - Kesava Reddy, Minjar Cloud Solutions

India has always been an entrepreneurial country, the post-independence socialist experiment is only a small blip. - Hindol Sengupta, Fortune India

Given the way technology is evolving, the most valuable ability in just a few years will be that of complex problem-solving. - Manan Khurma, Cuemath

The startup world is incredibly exciting. We have been investing in companies there. - Vishal Sikka, Infosys

We need a controlled way of using technology. We unnecessarily complicate our lives with it. - Arvind Mishra, C-Negative

The most important thing for a startup is to learn to manage time and money. - Abhinav Kukreja, The Moonshot Accelerator

Think of value creation, not valuation. - Pranav Marwah, thinQbate

Every day is new day and a new stepping stone towards doing better in life. - Pernia Qureshi, Pop-Up Shop

No real change in history has ever been achieved by discussions. - Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose

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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