‘You have to be a continuous learning machine’ – 30 quotes from Indian startup journeys

18th Sep 2017
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From learning to leadership, 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 September 11-17 with your colleagues and networks, and check back to the original articles for more insights. 


Do not treat funding as a goal but as an enabler to achieve something bigger. - Rutvik Doshi, Inventus India

Sectors like e-commerce consume a lot of capital. They have to lose money to dominate the market. - Mohandas Pai, investor

Once you start to think about monetising, the DNA of the company changes. - Anand Lunia, India Quotient

The car is now an operating system. - Christian Senger, Volkswagen

By 2019, over 80 percent of the world’s internet traffic will be driven by video. – Cisco report

Every year, more than 10,000 franchise investors sign franchises in India, and 30-35 percent are within F&B industry. - Karan Tanna, Yellow Tie Hospitality Management

In Bengaluru, the joke goes that almost every other apartment has a startup founder. In Jabalpur, not as much – maybe two big startups in the entire city. - Rajeev Tamhankar, TBS Planet

Moving our clock ahead by 30 minutes will have tremendous economic, social, and health benefits. - Faisal Farooqui, MoreSunlight.in

Big data analytics should focus on the poor and underprivileged and facilitate inclusive growth. - Ravi Shankar Prasad, IT Minister

Online lending has the advantage of reaching the farthest corners of the map – a huge opportunity that will boost the growth of SME and MSME segments. - Nitin Agarwal, InCred

Digital is the fastest-growing medium in the country today, and has been growing at 35-50 percent every year. - Sam Balsara, Madison World

There are no large-scale logistics players focused on furniture. - Nandita Sinha, Flipkart

You have to solve the problem even if the infrastructure is not in place. - Darina Onoprienko, Next Big Thing

There are millions of people who die not because they were unable to find a cure to a rare disease, but because they could not find a plate of proper nutritious food. - Ankit Kawatra, Feeding India

The first thing that is physically visible to anyone on the streets of India is garbage. At least 90 percent of this garbage is disposable plastics. - Samanvi Bhograj, Earthware

There is no waste if managed in a responsible manner. - K.P. Singh, Rainbow Drive

WhatsApp has definitely become a preferred mode of communication for millions of people in our country. – Ravdeep Chawla, BookMyShow

The only limit to the height of your achievements is the reach of your dreams and your willingness to work hard for them. – Michelle Obama

It is hard to let go of something you have built from scratch. - Dimple Parmar, Appeti

The internet has changed the face of traditional forms of marketing, expanding a brand’s reach - both globally and hyper-locally. - Sumeet Singh, Info Edge

If you are going out to hire from the campus, pick up a few who have degrees in humanities. - Abhijit Bhaduri, The Digital Tsunami

Building a business or a brand takes a good amount of time and dedication for the goal. Growth doesn’t happen overnight. – Junaid Shahdhar, Phamb

Don’t expect the usual route or routine! - Ritu Goyal Harish, Ease India Travel

The start-ups that make it big are those that capture enough static patterns to avoid chaotic implosion. - Santanu Paul, TalentSprint

The trick is to keep on learning and continuously improving through controlled experimentation. You have to be a continuous learning machine. - Sanjay Swamy, Prime Venture Partners

What cannot be found, must be created. - Nibhrant Shah, Isprava

Donate love, we know everybody has it in full. - Raunak N Deb and Rhituraj Neog

Products are the way forward for Indian businesses. - Atul Jalan, Manthan

With good follow-up, a lot of positive things happen. - P. Narahari, DC

Tough times don’t outlast tough individuals. - T N Hari, BigBasket

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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