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‘Falling and getting back up is what matters’ – 35 quotes from Indian startup journeys

Madanmohan Rao
5th Mar 2017
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From resilience to renewal, 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 February 26 – March 4 with your colleagues and networks, and check back to the original articles for more insights. 


It is widely known that by 2021, India will have more internet users than the entire population of six G7 countries. - Abheek Singhi, BCG India

Domestic venture funds are just coming of age. - Manish Singhal, Pi Ventures

We believe that the combination of localisation with global access is creating a rich and relevant experience for both homeowners and professionals in India. - Adi Tatarko, Houzz

Technology has evolved to ease out the concerns mostly associated with corporate employee transportation. - Rajesh Loomba, ECO Rent A Car

The big milestone is when computers can read and understand information like humans do. – Bill Gates

The immense data available on publishing platforms is not merely noise but a 'magic mirror' that can predict the future of things. - Amit Rathore, Quintype

Small and medium businesses rank security as among their top technology challenges. - Nidhi Hola, GoDaddy India

Digital media has made every customer and every employee a media house. – Abhijit Bhaduri, ‘The Digital Tsunami’

We learnt that Indian parents are okay with a free app, but paying for it isn’t an option. They will spend lakhs for tuition classes but not a mobile app. - Shrikant Latkar, Oust Labs

Instead of banning cash, it is going to help the cause of Cashless India, if we are able to incentivise and pull users towards the cashless economy. – Shailaz Nag, PayU India

Look at opportunities to reduce cost, create a better experience, and hopefully enjoy network effects. Combining all three, hopefully, there are options to make money too. - Sampad Swain, InstaMojo

If you have to pick two companies you don’t want to compete against, those are Amazon and Uber. - K Vaitheeswaran

As an early-stage startup, credibility and validation is one of the biggest challenges – to oneself, one’s team, and to the external world. – Bhargavi S. FinMitra

A mentor who recognises your potential and gives you a push in the right direction will make a difference. - Vidya Lakshmi, Goldman Sachs

Stay on course and stay invested in your company. There’s a pot of gold at the end of it. - Bala Deshpande, NEA India

Every time a city’s spirit comes together, the people in power will abide. - Tara Krishnaswamy, Citizens for Bengaluru

It is important to never stop believing. Falling and getting back up is what matters. It’s not that we never fall, but that we rise very time we fall. - Ayush Sinha, SolarMobil

Every child in his or her childhood has no dreams as such, but rather feed off of their parent’s dream. – Geeta Phogat

I became an artist and thank God I did because we are the only profession that celebrates what it means to live a life. - Viola Davis

We still do not have formal mechanisms to address and regulate pollution among upstream and downstream states sharing rivers. - J. Joy, SOPPECOM

Reading is the fastest way to understand ourselves and the world around us. - Ram Mohan Adibhatla

It's almost critical for the mind and for you as a leader to spend two hours a day on learning (sometimes un-learning). – Ronnie Screwvala

No one is more hated than he who speaks the truth. - Plato

By being vigilant about our thoughts, words, actions, and feelings, as we work in cooperation with the energy of our universe, we keep generating good experience. - Maneesha Ramakrishnan, ‘Queen of Carlton'

Absorbing or trying to decipher the noise, and falling into an activity trap are some of the most common energy draining and wasteful pursuits in every walk of life. – TN Hari, Big Basket

This is the first time I’ve been willing to admit that I need leadership help and I intend to get it. - Travis Kalanick, Uber

While everybody donates money, it is a greater gift to donate your time. – Sachin Tendulkar

We are yet to break down barriers to a large extent when it comes to what working mothers are supposed to prioritise. - Shoba Koshy, Kerala State Commission for Protection of Child Rights

NEVER AGAIN..never again will I let disrespect for women be celebrated in my movies! - Prithviraj Sukumaran

When I die, the assets that I shall leave behind shall be shared equally between my daughter and my son. - Amitabh Bachchan

If I being a mother of two can win a medal, so can all. Take me as an example and don’t give up. – Mary Kom

If you’re going to screw me over, I’ll use you. – Elizabeth Taylor

If men realise that women can fight back then they will be scared to target women. - Babita Phogat

To ensure deterrence, my government will set up a sex offenders’ registry, which will maintain all identification details of sex offenders. It will be kept in the public domain. - P. Sathasivam, Governor of Kerala

Each woman is unique, not for the way she looks, but for the way she challenges, influences, nurtures, loves and stands strong. - Pooja Kochar, 30ishblogging

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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