‘An entrepreneur's life is always a continuous journey’ – 30 quotes from Indian startup journeys


From launch to evolution, 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 March 19-25 with your colleagues and networks, and check back to the original articles for more insights. 

Stay mad. It's great to be mad. Never give up on your ideas and the great things you want to do. - Sandipan Chattopadhyay

Don’t make the wrong choice between shortcut growth and a sustainable career, and character is what you will get you there. - Uday Kotak, Kotak Mahindra Bank

Attrition in itself is neither bad nor good. It depends upon the situation and the impact it has on the business. – TN Hari, Big Basket

Fortnightly fun activities and festive celebrations ensure there is no burn out. - Ambarish Gupta, Knowlarity

The connected vehicle is the foundation for fundamental opportunities and disruptions in the automotive industry. - James Hines, Gartner

Making healthcare connected and social will help to improve health outcomes and reduce unnecessary cost. - Sudheer Jain, Pocket Pill

Endorsed as the second coming of the internet, blockchain, if widely adopted has the ability to transform and fundamentally change how we exchange value disrupting the notion of an institution. – Vani Kola

Two out of three app developers expect virtual reality to become a mainstream technology in 2017. - Vishruth Muralidhar, ContractIQ

Handwritten letters are still the sexiest way to communicate. – Ankit Anubhav, The Indian Handwritten Letter Co.

Never tell the audience how good you are, they will soon find out for themselves. - Harry Houdini

When you have a happy customer, shamelessly ask for a referral. - Ishwar Sundararaman, Furdo

The right to religion also includes the right to not follow any religion. - Ramakrishna Rao

I strongly believe that disability is a mindset and anybody who can dare to dream can work hard and see them turning into reality. - Iftkhar Ali, ALIQAN

There needs to be nuance in a company's policy – it's not just enough to provide day care, one must see if the day care facilities are conducive and actually feasible. - Vaishali Kasture, Deloitte India

An entrepreneur's life is always a continuous journey. - Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, BioCon

These days, kids spend very little time outside and the memory of cycle is reduced to a very short period of time. - Dhiraj Kaveri, Stay Active

We need to include both soft toys and learning games together to help in overall development of children right from the beginning. - Hirin Dave, Tailored Solutions

Developing the correct learning environment is a cultural and technical science, vital to student success. - Raghav Podar, Podar Education Group

Education is where technology can make the most impact and help reach a multitude of individuals. - Mohandas Pai, Aarin Capital

Life's too short to hide who we really are. Being different is amazing. - Petr Nitka

Every small change can lead to making a big difference in people’s lives. - Anuj Rakyan, RAW Pressery

The challenges and bottlenecks will appear and seem insurmountable, but the best way for the youth to overcome these challenges is through continued perseverance. - Jai Kumar Singh, Minister of Industries, Bihar

Even if there are toilets, people don’t use them because they’re not clean. And with no sense of ownership, why will they keep it clean? - Gautam Kumar, Safai Sainiks

Unless there is a greater understanding of urban commons and a move towards preserving them, lakes and other common spaces stand no chance as cities expand. - Rekha Raghunathan, Indian Institute of Human Settlements

If you are setting up a company, you need to know how it has to be done. If you don’t know, learn, get the right experts. Ignorance is not an excuse. – Sanjay Anandaram

The most important thing to focus on in cancer is ‘can’…that you can do it and can overcome it. - Keerti Tewari

For an artist, inspiration and encouragement is very, very important. And what happens when you feel the love from the fans, is that you want to do more. – AR Rahman

Public art can not only enhance and transform a space but it can bring together communities. – Sumi Gupta, Whitefield Art Collective

You have to be indestructible to do what you love, and believe that you are worth it. And sometimes that’s the hardest part. – Kate Winslet

Investors invest in people, not in an idea. You need to look for investors who are ready to bring bandwidth and time to the table, over money. - Chandni Jafri, Mumbai Angels

Even though China is just next door, with the leg between Bengaluru and Silicon Valley so well proven, people hop on to a plane to the US, but don’t visit China as often. - Sanjay Nath, Blume Ventures

I’m dog lover, everybody’s a dog lover, but I don’t use that term very loosely – what will you do with that love? - Rakesh Shukla, Voice of Stray Dogs

I think the role of the COO is the most misunderstood one in the company. The definition of a COO is to help make the CEO successful. - Nishant Rao, Freshdesk

Great bosses are well-read. - Abhijit Bhaduri, ‘The Digital Tsunami’

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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