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‘Age is not a factor one should be judged on’ – 35 quotes from Indian startup journeys

Madanmohan Rao
posted on 30th October 2017
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From age to attitude, 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 October 23-29 with your colleagues and networks, and check back to the original articles for more insights.

Businesses are built by creating repeat purchases and getting new customers into one’s fold – not just through one-off sales. - Lakshmipathy Bhat, Robosoft Technologies

Setting the company’s culture is critical. Taking feedback and renewing ourselves daily is a continual challenge. - Jyotsna Pattabiraman, GrowFit

Style is just the language of the artist, what is more important is the expression and motivation of the artist . – Ravinder Reddy

Presentation matters as much as the taste and quality of the food. - Neha Mathur, Whisk Affair

As the nature of agriculture and its associated practices change, the rural enterprise will need to adapt. - Sanjiv Phansalkar, Transform Rural India Foundation

Villages, though considered dated in many ways, are capable of are generating resources in a sustainable manner. - Rajeev Pal, Thulasi Eco Village

India is one of the fastest growing markets for mobile marketing. - Sanjay Trisal, AppsFlyer

Bengaluru is associated mostly with the IT sector. It will be interesting to see how people react to the city’s notorious side. - Jyoti Shelar, ‘Bhais of Bengaluru’

In India, curation is important as tastes and preferences vary according to region. - Saurabh Srivastava, Amazon India

The time has never been riper for indigenous innovation, for and by the Indian consumer. - Sanjot Malhi, Matrix Partners India

Mobile payments has become mainstream over the last few quarters. - Kiran Vasireddy, Paytm

Payments innovation will play a major role in shaping the Indian economy. - Michael Seibel, Y Combinator

We have been pioneers from the mid-nineties in creating a policy not just to support startups, but to ensure that they succeed. - Priyank Kharge, Minister, IT, Karnataka

You can crush candies in a candy game or kill zombies but I really wonder if that’ll make any sense for our personal betterment or the world. - Sidharth Reddy, Civic Sense

There’s a difference between training and a real-life situation. - Raseela Vadher, Gir National Park

Problems occur when the hard work of building a strong foundation and solving hard problems is cast aside in pursuit of premature growth. - Bejul Somaia, Lightspeed Venture Partners

Opportunities are no longer at the centre but at the fringes of the things you cannot control. - Sagar Paul, ThoughtWorks

In the world of AI, startup innovation will outpace innovation in corporate R&D. - Reggie Bradford, Oracle Startup Cloud Accelerator

As AI accelerates up the hype cycle, many software providers are looking to stake their claim in the biggest gold rush in recent years. - Jim Hare, Gartner

The very architecture of Blockchain being immutable, distributed and peer-to-peer brings immense potential to deal with the present woes affecting the music industry. - Prasad Joshi, Infosys

The proliferation of sensors in today’s vehicles is fuelling the rapid evolution of advanced driver-assistance systems. - Sanjay Gupta, NXP Semiconductors

There’s more to people’s mobility needs than simply the vehicle and its technology. - Harsha Vardhan and Tim Smith, UsTwo

Conventional defences offered by web application firewalls are not sufficient to detect bots and automated attacks. – Pavan Thata, ShieldSquare

Editors have the ability to give readers the kind of information and content they don’t even realise they need to know. - Daniel Roth, LinkedIn

We have a general understanding that everything comes with a price tag, which is wrong. There are people who are quite willing to provide resources without commercial considerations. - Dinesh Kumar Gautam, Drishti Foundation

There are many toilet locator apps, but none actually provide real-time information. - Komal Goyal, Wowlet

Testing a piece of code is more challenging than writing it. - Milind Borate, Druva

Authenticity is paramount when brands communicate with their consumers. - Namrata Parekh, Meraki Sport and Entertainment

It has emerged that the blind are ideally suited for certain tasks — accessibility testing of websites and software; further, they have the ability to communicate effectively. - Usha Mishra, Nabet India

Leaders often forget that getting the deal is not the same as winning the hearts. We end up with enemies within. - Devdutt Pattanaik

Age is not a factor one should be judged on. - Akshay Gupta, Pet Fed

The greatest inventions lead us to invent even more. - Monika Bielskyte, All Future Everything

Being self-sufficient teaches you to not depend on anyone and tackle any challenges that come your way. - Sudha Murty, Infosys Foundation

There are no handouts. You will have to stand your ground. - Neha Kant, Clovia

For ‘pregpreneurs’ time management is a must. - Aakritti Sehgal, Oh My Game

It is about ‘when’, not ‘if.’ - Mir Musharraf, Happy Choice

I am a dangerous optimist about India. We won’t get submerged under the next big wave, we will ride it. - R. A. Mashelkar, Reliance Innovation Council

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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