‘You just need to start walking, and you will find your own path’ – 30 quotes from Indian startup journeys

By Madanmohan Rao|9th Apr 2017
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From motivation to methodology, 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 April 2-8 with your colleagues and networks, and check back to the original articles for more insights. 

AI is the biggest compute opportunity mankind has now. – Pradeep Dubey, Intel

Startups and their founders offer that innovation, and a large corporation benefits from new ideas. – Yuri Sebregts, Shell

The medical industry scores very low on trust, affordability and reach. - Vijai Shankar Raja, Helyxon

India has over 150 million registered two-wheelers and is the world’s second largest producer of motorcycles. - Deep Singh, Ola

India is the second-largest producer of fruits and vegetables in the world, and presents a significant opportunity for private players to profitably organise perishable produce value chains. - Karthik Jayaraman, Waycool

It’s very hard for offline players to track the source of footfalls at all times; so their marketing tends to be much more brand-driven. – Meeta Malhotra

First-generation entrepreneurs need time to graduate from founders to entrepreneurs, and it will take them some time to learn how to deal with creditors and other businesses. - Alok Patnia, Taxmantra

It is time that the entrepreneurs stand up for each other. Else they will be harassed no end. – Sharad Sanghi, iSPIRT

The future of work belongs to a generation which is savvy, anxious and enterprising. Jobs have become gigs and the career span is shortening. - Anshul Khandelwal, UpGrad

Corporate leaders are powerful, but you (parliamentarians) are more powerful than any force of society. – Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi

I personally think a filmmaker is as powerful as the PM of any country. While the PM is working on the conscious understandings of the country, the filmmaker is working subconsciously. - Faraz Arif Ansari, ‘Sisak’

Seeking help does not mean you are weak but it is a way to make things better for yourself in the long run. - Swekriti Bhatnagar, YourDOST.com

You have to meet whatever challenges come your way without complaining. I believe that there is a reward for the penance you do. - Pushpa Anthony, cancer survivor

You just need to start walking, and you will find your own path. But you must start walking first. If you can't even take that risk, you should not work at all. - Zakir Khan, comedian

Love what you do, but don’t be afraid of being different or unconventional. Find your own voice, and let it shine through periods of turmoil and turbulence. - Tulika Tripathi, Mahua Art Gallery

Seek patience and passion in equal amounts. Patience alone will not build the temple. Passion alone will destroy its walls. – Maya Angelou

You do not have to be a millionaire or travel far beyond your house to help someone. Step out, observe, and you will find someone worthy. - Rakesh Anand Bakshi, Bicycle Angels

Without compassionate capitalism, this country cannot create jobs and solve the problem of poverty. – Narayana Murthy, Infosys

We as a nation have always solved our problems with our own ingenious solutions. We need to show similar innovation in how we price and use Our Internet! - Rajan Gupta, U2opia Mobile

High-quality fabric shirts and garments shouldn't necessarily mean expensive. - Abhishek Rawal, Indian Threads

Today’s young and aspiring leaders are creating a tectonic shift in the entrepreneurship ecosystem in India. - Rana Kapoor, YES BANK

Honesty is not something you can discover when you are in dire straits. You need to demonstrate it much before that for it to make sense and carry credibility. - T.N. Hari, BigBasket

Training can create the DNA of an organisation. But surprisingly, people consider it an accessory or a luxury. - Rakhi Wadhwa, Knorish

We have entered a world where we are all students for life. - Lakshmi Pratury, INK

Aspiring entrepreneurs should know that every business is an ongoing challenge — learning never stops. - Samar Singla, Jugnoo

The bond between co-founders is the key to a startup’s success. - Kesava Reddy, Minjar Cloud Solutions

To be heard and be understood we need to listen first and it is imperative that we master the art of listening to understand and not just respond. – Sandhya, Symbiosis Coaching

Gender equality is more than a goal in itself. It is a precondition for meeting the challenge of reducing poverty, promoting sustainable development and building good governance. – Kofi Annan

If I could do it so can you. – Usha Jha, Petals Craft

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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