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‘It’s time for India to create global content’ – 25 quotes from Indian startup journeys

Madanmohan Rao
15th May 2017
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From community to content, 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 May 7-13 with your colleagues and networks, and check back to the original articles for more insights. 


There is no better time to brand a product. The last 18 months have seen the emergence of so many brands across several categories. - Harminder Sahni, Wazir Advisors

Affiliate businesses require their app to be discovered. There are several affiliates in the market and the challenges in scaling up are plenty. - Naganand Doraswamy, IdeaSpring Capital

One billion is better than $800 million because it’s the psychological threshold for potential customers, employees, and the press. - Stewart Butterfield, Slack

The future of the world will need citizens who are empathetic, embrace diversity, communicate well, and work collaboratively in a global world. - Manju Balasubramanyam, DPS North Bangalore

It’s always been a small world, but now, that small world is just more global. - Sharon Calahan, Pixar

It’s time for India to create global content, content that has more worldwide demand. - Parth Shah, Centroid India

The Bengal Muslin, the finest cotton fabric ever crafted, has gone extinct. - Aaditya Kitroo, Jos&Fine

In India, 50 percent of fifth graders cannot read grade II textbooks. - Ravi Dhanuka, i-Saksham

We have 50 percent of children in India suffering from child sexual abuse but the silence on the matter is disturbing. - Harshad Dinkar Fad, Human Library Hyderabad

At some point of time we all have an obligation to give back to society. - Ulhas Kamat, iCreate

Culture is not an afterthought, but the very essence that drives business. – Sanjay Nath, Blume Ventures

Everyone has the same software — it is what you do with it that sets one apart from the crowd. – Craig Caldwell, University of Utah

Think big. Don’t dream of getting a job at Disney, dream of being the next Disney! - Joseph Gilland, ‘Elemental Magic’

Rather, ten times, die in the surf, heralding the way to a new world, than stand idly on the shore. – Florence Nightingale

The future will be about voice. That is loud and clear. - Abhijit Bhaduri, 'The Digital Tsunami'

The ecosystem has become far more conducive and accepting of the digital banking framework. - Manish Khera, Arthimpact

Fintech firms are changing the way India will bank. - Karthik Prabhakar, IDG Ventures India Advisors

India holds great potential for the solar, renewable energy, and waste water management sector in the development phase. It is still, however, highly unorganised. - Rishi Mathur, Soletrix

Always earn people and never try to earn money. Because if you try to earn money, you lose people, but if you try to earn people, money will come somehow. – Ajey Gore, Go-Jek

Better three days without food, than one without tea. – Chinese proverb

The current landscape, where the bulk of advertising goes to two big platforms, will change. Good quality content will attract advertising revenues. - Vivek Law, Money Mile

That is the ugliest part of doing business in India, especially if you are in the brick and mortar business, you get hassled between one NOC to another and one office to the other. – Karan Thakkar, Ecocentric

India will largely remain a brick-and-mortar market for a long time. People simply like to go out and discover products more often. - Chandrahas Panigrahi, Acer

People should be aware of the environmental impact of the huge quantity of waste, including plastic products, generated in lavish weddings and other parties. - C.V. Joy, Suchitwa Mission

The new paradigm moves horizontally across disciplines instead of vertically. Although specialisation is important, being equipped with multiple disciplines creates self-learners. – Sam Pitroda

New, more innovative concepts need validation by customers. There is a slightly longer acceptance curve. - Amitabh Sinha, Desi Deli

Now, with the IT industry issuing pink slips, the animation and digital media sector is expected to generate lots of jobs. - Priyank Kharge, Karnataka IT Minister

Mom’s is the best title I will ever have and ever want. – Zoe Saldanha

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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