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‘Trust yourself with your dreams - castles are not built overnight’ – 30 quotes from Indian startup journeys

Madanmohan Rao
22nd May 2017
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From dreams to demos, 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 May 14-20 with your colleagues and networks, and check back to the original articles for more insights. 


Startups need to work on solutions that are real, India-based. – Shalini Prakash, 500 Startups

Bringing in innovation has been key to our journey. - G. Ramachandran, Gold’s Gym

It is easy to lend money, but tough to collect from defaulting customers. - Kunal Varma, MoneyTap

Even in a bad economy, some companies end up doing great because of incredible entrepreneurs. - Anand Chandrasekaran, No Broker

If the class is fun, any subject automatically becomes interesting. - Rahul Sridhar, Warhorse

Music is more than just about performing or entertaining. It builds practical, transferable and applicable skills in areas of school, work, or social development. - Faith Gonsalves, Music Basti

Energy storage is key to large-scale deployment of renewable and clean energies. – Sushil Jiwarajka, OMC Power

Algorithms are the future of banking and they are the only choice to ensure faster and accurate loan processing. - Jinand Shah, CapitaWorld

Every growing business still needs an office that can cater to its two most basic requirements–accessibility and functionality. - Puneet Chandra, Skootr

The sharing economy, already entrenched in the consumer’s mind, will only grow. This is especially true in fast growing emerging markets. - Sanjay Nath, Blume Ventures

The Indian IT Industry’s revenue from digital technology projects are growing 7x faster than from traditional projects. Isn’t this enough of a green signal for us? – Mayank Kumar, UpGrad

The Indian IT industry, while providing change and solutions to their clients, entirely missed implementing change initiatives within their own organisations. – Anu Sharma, The HR Practice

The onus for compliance falls solely upon the directors and the officers of the company, not anyone who advises them. - Jugal Asher, Numer

A large segment of Indian consumers are credit-worthy but not being addressed by conventional players. - Anup Gupta, Nexus Venture Partners

Monetisation in the Indian market needs patience. This is common for the healthcare industry, and will take time. - Jo Aggarwal, Touchkins

VFX has become one of the biggest components of a film and will remain so. - Prasad Sutar, NY VFXWAALA

The mobile gaming industry alone is going to clock $3 billion by 2019 from $200 million presently. We are at the tip of the iceberg and at the same stage that IT services were years ago. – Priyank Kharge, Karnataka IT Minister

The real world is about shopping with all our five senses. - Oliver Tan, ViSenze

In a country of more than 1.3 billion people, only about 150 million can understand English. For others, the internet is largely inaccessible. - Sourabh Gupta, Vernacular.ai

Trust yourself with your dreams - castles are not built overnight. - Daisy Tanwani, Pinklay

Heavenly power comes not from a higher body, but from our own minds. - Anant Shukla, Jannat

Nothing can stop you if you think you’re capable of something. - Leena N, Multunus

Any startup has to go out there and prove that there is a market and that there is a paying customer. - V Ganapathy, Axilor Ventures

When a team is aware of what is being measured it holds all stakeholders responsible for the success of the policy. - Ishani Roy, Serein

A story can be told in a multiple ways, each of which is unique yet keeps the essence in place. - Vaibhav Kumaresh

No matter how educated people are, they give almost no importance to the source of the food they eat every day. - Raghav Baldwa, Mangalam Organic Foods

The idea of conservation, such as taking our own bag when we go shopping, is rooted in our culture. It is a matter of being mindful and of returning to our roots. - Sahar Mansoor, Bare Neccesities

Science has to connect with the society. - B Jayashree, MS Swaminathan Research Foundation

It is never about how good you are but how good you are willing to be. - Vanshika Goenka, Welspun

There are three key things to success: the right investment, the right people, and the right subject. - Ganesh Papanna, Thought Cloud Studio

Bigger challenges bring home bigger lessons and consequently, stronger growth. - Nidhi Jindal Gupta

Today is hard, tomorrow will be worse, but the day after tomorrow will be sunshine. – Jack Ma, Alibaba

By day, it does seem that our troubles won’t cease, But at night, late at night, the world is at peace. – Ruskin Bond

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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