‘Hard work can make anything happen’ – 25 quotes from Indian startup journeys

By Madanmohan Rao|2nd Apr 2017
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From creative ideas to hard work, 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 March 26 – April 1 with your colleagues and networks, and check back to the original articles for more insights. 

Startups should not leapfrog anymore; they should pole-vault. - Dr. R. A. Mashelkar

We are impressed by the great entrepreneurial spirit in India. - Philip Schiller, Apple

If statistics show that crime has gone up by 100 to 200 percent, I will feel happy, because it is not due to an increased incidence of crime, but a much higher percentage of reporting. - Praveen Sood, Commissioner of Police

‘Real World’ games can help us meet new people and forge connections. - John Hanke, Niantic Labs

The real people you should be building for, and who are in need, are the ‘ordinary’ people. - Laurie Baker, architect

The biggest challenges I may say is to debunk lies of religion or politics. - Pankaj Jain

South Asia is a value-centric society and so we need to build solutions which take that into account. - Hemal Saraiya, AirCare Innovations

You can build your dream wherever you want. The location is not that important - great companies like Skype, ICQ, Spotify are built outside the Silicon Valley. - Deepak Ravindran, LookUp

We can turn Mangalore into a vibrant startup district which also help the tier II city grow. - Priyank Kharge, IT Minister, Karnataka

Women’s entrepreneurship can make a particularly strong contribution to the economic well-being of the family and communities, poverty reduction, and women’s empowerment, thus contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). - Haribhai Parthibhai Chaudhary, Minister of MSME

If we don't stand up for what we believe in, if we don't fight for our rights, pretty soon we're going to have as many rights as the meat on our bones. – Lady Gaga

You have to be indestructible to do what you love, and believe that you are worth it. – Kate Winslet

If you find the problem you are trying to scale is not large enough, chances are pretty slim that you will scale. - Vishwas Mahajan, TiE Pune

We don’t have to be the best at everything, as long as you do your best in that one thing that you are passionate about. – Sudha Menon, author

Hard work can make anything happen. - Manasi Kirloskar

If you want to advance as a community, you need to have access to source code. – Jishnu Mohan, Taro

In both India and Nepal, the family bond is the most important thing. - Pushpa Basnet, Early Childhood Development Center

Chemicals in the body are like the burden of loans on a company. Just as loans should be the last option for the company, so too should chemicals be the last resort for the body. – Pardeep Goyal

Customers’ money is better than VC money. It shows the validation of the idea. If you have customers’ money, VCs money will follow. – Sanjeev Bhikchandani, Info Edge

With every funding round, there is an added responsibility on the entrepreneur to focus on growth and be diligent at the same time. - Vivek Gupta, Licious

Startups can drive growth for the country with their ability to be frugal yet innovative. The entire focus around the Startup India campaign needs to be built over time. - Anish Basu, Shotang

My compassion boat is filled with gold of nothingness. - Parvathy Baul

From nature to architecture, people going about their lives, a beautiful piece of art or beautifully decorated home, inspiration is everywhere. - Manish Malhotra

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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