‘Startups are like fingerprints. No two startups are alike’ – 25 quotes from Indian startup journeys


From determination to differentiation, 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 April 16-22 with your colleagues and networks, and check back to the original articles for more insights. 

It's not enough to have great ideas. What's important is to execute them with urgency. - Ambur Iyyappa, Flipkart

Retail is a business where you can learn the most from the shop floor. - Avni Biyani, Foodhall

There is a whole movement of brands that can hit it big in India, from the FMCG category to industrial design. It is great to see young entrepreneurs start this movement. - Harminder Sahni, Wazir Advisors

The focus on just getting new customers has partly been the downfall of the Indian e-commerce industry. - Radhika Aggarwal, ShopClues

If you are an entrepreneur in Tamil Nadu, carry your favourite toothbrush. You never know you might end up waking up in prison. - Yogendra Vasupal, Stayzilla

Passive recruitment is when you won’t look for a job but are open minded; about 50-60 percent professionals come under this category. - Rishi Thussu, EvenRank

Startup founders like to think they can do everyone’s job, but that only works for so long. - Deepak Menon, Village Capital

I try to avoid looking forward or backward, and try to keep looking upward. - Charlotte Bronte

Food will last while the forests last. - Kashmiri proverb

When children take charge of tackling the challenges faced by them and their peers, they are able to identify quick solutions as well as develop strategies to change long-term behaviours. - Archana Sinha, Ashoka

It is content that is responsible for building brands. - Bistriti Poddar, Paperless Postcards

Great accessibility begins with great information. - Yeshwant Holkar, Umoja

If you want to be happy, you can be happy, and no one can stop you. Brooding is not going to help at all. - Ruchi Dilbagi, cancer survivor

It is a secret algorithm, that happiness in life keeps away almost all kinds of diseases. - Prasanth Madavana, Fedo

Humanity is the greatest religion of all. - Varijashree Venugopal, musician

There are two types of people in this world: a small number who are energised by caring for others and everyone else who is drained by it. - Kabir Chadha, Epoch

Startups are like fingerprints. No two startups are alike. - Amit Ranjan, DigiLocker

Leadership is hard to define and good leadership even harder. - Indra Nooyi, Pepsico

It is better to test a market out before going national. - Amit Kumat, Prataap Snacks

More than money, it is innovation and steady growth that are needed to survive in the market today. - Ravi Virmani, Credihealth

Believe in yourself, stay strong, don’t bend yourself but RULE!! Because YOU can. - Agrita Dhawan, rap artist

To be successful in the workplace of the information age, one needs to be able to think critically about issues, solve problems creatively, and communicate effectively. - Nisha Nair, ArtSparks Foundation

Indian agriculture is the future of our country, but, unfortunately, farmers have not been well supported in the country. - Jayaram, Green Path Eco Restaurant

Women are considered to have qualities that assist in creating a comprehensive workforce. - Manju Dhawan, Ecom Express

There is no better time to be in India and that too in technology because of the opportunities presented in this country. - VC Gopalratnam, Cisco

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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