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‘India is the cradle of data science’— 35 quotes from Indian startup journeys

Madanmohan Rao
31st Jul 2017
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From data to design, 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 35 gems and insights from the week of July 24-30 with your colleagues and networks, and check back to the original articles for more insights. 


Each startup is different and past performance is not indicative of future returns – everyday the entrepreneur has to face himself/herself in front of the mirror and start afresh. - K Ganesh, GrowthStory

Diabetes is a mathematical equation that can be solved. - Abhishek Shah, Wellthy Therapeutics

A lot of entrepreneurs and their team members neglect their health, which affects their productivity in the long run. - Ankit Agrawal, Yose

Snacking has to be quick but healthy too. - Ashish Nimodia, Snackit

The way arts is being made, produced, and distributed is outdated. - Shiv Tandan, Castiko

Age-old crafts, and the stories associated with them, are dying with time. - Mandawi Verma, Remek

People have a lot of inertia when to comes to understanding that waste management is just like other essential services such as housekeeping or security. - Vishal Kumar, Saahas Zero Waste

The traditional attitude of ‘out of sight, out of mind’ exhibited in throwing domestic garbage on public streets to be collected, sorted, and disposed of by municipal authorities is no longer workable. - Dr Saraswathi, ICSSR

The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it. – Robert Swan

If the rural youth are skilled, self-sustained and employed, India will soon be the skill capital of the world. - Aashna Singh, UDAY

If you are a small brand that wants to be distributed across the country, and needs visibility, ecommerce is the best way. - Manish Taneja, Purplle

Better quality education will enable the citizens to become entrepreneurs or scientists or doctors or engineers. - Vinay Bhartia, ‎ ‎Alibaba.com

Every education is self-education, and as teachers we can only provide the environment for children’s self-education. – Rudolf Steiner

People with disability are a potential workforce. Technology should be helping them. - Mahantesh G K, Samarthanam Trust

India is brimming with young untapped energy keen on making ideas come to life. - Ferzad Palia, Viacom18

Women are at the front lines, taking on the toughest health challenges to ensure there are healthier communities, yet they are not represented in decision-making positions. - Roopa Dhatt, Women in Global Health

The reality of sexual harassment instances at the workplace is that there is more to worry about under-reporting than people misusing the law. - Sreevidya Varma

Manufacturing tomorrow will be definitely different—and smarter—than what it was yesterday. - Sudip Singh, Infosys

Digital marketing is a huge business and there are several SMB brands that want to go digital. - Pawan Gupta, Connect2SME

Much like digital marketing, e-commerce/channel marketing and optimisation will start taking over substantial chunks of budgets of large brands. - Venu Ganganna, Langoor

Given the aggressive growth agenda, there is a need for additional 110 million skilled human resources in the next five years. - Amitabh Satyam, Smart Transformations

We have set aside Rs 50 crore to encourage startups. - Suresh Prabhu, Railway Minister

Not letting people’s assumptions determine your success is very important, to be able to grow. - Pooja Duggal, Healthhunt

One thing that’s common in all the entrepreneurial journeys is grit—the grit to not give up— and this perseverance is the key. - Shilpa Malik, Bioscan Research

While most functions in the company are process-oriented, growth is often a problem-solving function. - Tejbir Singh, Affordplan

If data is leveraged correctly, then many of the problems that cannot be solved today can be solved tomorrow using that data. – Amr Awadallah, Cloudera

There are several opportunities with data if startups understand the consumers who use their services. - Naganand Doraswamy, IdeaSpring Capital

India is the cradle of data science. – DJ Patil, former US chief data scientist

Biotech needs big data science. We are in such a stage as we will not be able to move the needle without IT. - Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, Biocon

Just building a sustainable product and selling it does not create an inclusive society. - Harish Hande, Selco Solar

The holy trinity are the founder, the team, and the customer. - Sanjay Gupta, Urban Ladder

Once we are able to solve for Indian conditions, scale is likely to come from other geographies like Africa and SE South-east Asia. – KS Vishwanathan, NASSCOM

Eventually this space of banking products such as loans, insurances and mutual funds will be organised like the taxi or cab aggregator space. - Gaurav Goyal, Cashcow

Startups can get the velocity and corporates will get the weight; both of them will create the momentum needed to make an impact. - Harsha Muroor, Teslon Technologies

In the era of climate change, indigenous crops and traditional seeds are the best alternatives to GM crops. - Bhim Singh Rawat, SANDRP

There has to be a conscious effort at pushing yourself out of your comfort zone. - Srijata Bhatnagar, Ridhani

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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