‘To earn big, you'll have to think big’ – 35 quotes from Indian startup journeys

By Madanmohan Rao|1st Jan 2018
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From earnings to enterprise, 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 December 25-31 with your colleagues and networks, and check back to the original articles for more insights.

Entrepreneurs are different from “inventors” – dreaming is a necessary but not a sufficient virtue. – Sanjay Nath, Blume Ventures

There is never a right time, you have to create the right time. – Sheelika Ravishankar, Team Indus

Behavioural and social sciences play a vital role in making innovations happen. – Ravi Arora, Tata Sons

Risk-bearing is an essential requisite of a successful entrepreneur. - Ameera Shah, Metropolis Healthcare

Technology is a trigger of progress, trust is the actual enabler. - Philipp Kristian Diekhoner, ‘The Trust Economy’

Careers are like rockets, in that if yours starts off-target, your situation will only get worse. - Pamela Lenehan, Ridge Hill Consulting

To earn big, you'll have to think big! – Tejas Khoday, FYERS

Constraints, and our ability to transform them, sit right at the intersection between scarcity and abundance. - Adam Morgan and Mark Barden, ‘A Beautiful Constraint’

It can be fairly lonely being an entrepreneur, but it is the focus and grit that keeps you going. - Madhurima Agarwal, NetApp Excellerator

Don’t let the lack of money keep you from aiming high for your brand’s marketing goals. - Mathew J Maniyamkott, Fitversity

Video marketing has become the next big thing and will dominate the trends in 2018. – Vartika Kashyap, ProofHub

If you’re building solutions for India, you should ignore Indian languages at your own risk. – Arvind Pani, Reverie Language Technologies

Success seduces but failure reduces. - P.D. Jose, IIM Bangalore

India needs to secure its strategy for raw materials and systems for lithium-ion batteries. - Gopichand Katragadda, Tata Group

The smartphone has done more than put a shopping mall in every consumer’s pocket: it has also put a retail storefront in every entrepreneur’s pocket. – Porter Erisman, ‘Six Billion Shopppers’

There is a boom in creativity in India. - Durgesh Khandelwal, Wassup Flea Market

We need to find ways to renew ourselves if we are going to be creative leaders. - Arianna Huffington

It's very important for the first generation of Indian product startups to do well - this will pave the way for a new wave of value creation. - Tarun Davda, Matrix Partners

IoT intricacies and security will rise with time to enable full potential, taking a proactive approach to design security features. – Anjli Jain, EVC Ventures

79 percent of organisations in India rank cyber security among the top five business risks. - KPMG

AI could be the solution to improve the reach and profitability of insurance companies. – Sushant Reddy, AskArvi

Digital advertising could be one of the first major successful commercial applications of Ethereum-based smart contracts. – Rajiv Bhat, InMobi

Although the success of the bitcoin bubble is highly speculative, blockchain provides a sense of promise to its users. – Ashwarya Pratap Singh, Drivezy

In our country, we use a lot of open source projects but do not contribute back enough to the developer community. - Deepak Abbot, Paytm

Developers will now be able to deploy apps that support text prediction and image recognition – like SnapChat – without requiring any knowledge of machine learning. – Uday Keith, Byte Academy

Knowledge is power, but sometimes ignorance – or a fresh and open mind – is also power. – Navi Radjou, ‘Frugal Innovation’

The advantage that a mediator has over the negotiating parties is that she has no vested interest in the final terms of the negotiation. - Tara Ollapally & Annapurna Sreehari, CAMP

The millennial generation is in full gear right now. Being in the driving seat of action, they are taking the world by storm with their trailblazing achievements. – Abhik Shome, BrandBridge

Urban Indian millennials don’t want packaged tours as they lack personalisation. - Vandana Vijay, Offbeat Tracks

Cycles are the need of the hour to ensure cities can continue to grow without choking on infrastructure bottlenecks. - Greg Moran, Zoomcar

I believe our education startups will have been successful the day startup founders send their own children to public schools. – Prerna Mukharya, Outline India

People complicate agriculture. It just requires fresh thinking. Agriculture needs a revolution. - Ben Raja, Farm Again

People want to help, they just don’t know how. - Chhavi Khandelwal, Saturday Art Class

One-time skilling is not sufficient for a career in today’s dynamic landscape. An individual needs to stay vigilant and gain sustainability through lifelong learning. - Gayathri Vasudevan, LabourNet

One should always evolve, and people need to upskill for changing technologies. - Ishan Gupta, Udacity

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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