‘To not delegate is a sure-shot formula for burnout’ – 40 quotes from Indian startup journeys

8th Jan 2018
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From management 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 40 gems and insights from the week of January 1-7 with your colleagues and networks, and check back to the original articles for more insights.

If you are starting out, have a co-founder with a complimentary skill. - Ranjeet Deshmukh, RoadBounce

The ultimate timeless skill is the ability to build trust and lead people; that can never be automated away. – Ravi Venkatesan, Social Ventures Partner India

Artificial Intelligence represents one of technology's most important priorities and healthcare is perhaps AI's most urgent application. - Peter Lee, Microsoft

Machine learning and artificial intelligence are here to stay. Customer service is heading that way. - Shanmugam Nagarajan, [24]7.ai

Blockchain is truly Internet 2.0. - Adam Syed, Rupee Coin

Investors need to have complete knowledge on the legal and security aspects as well as the volatile nature of the bitcoins. - Rajendra K Sinha, IFIM Business School

Only a woman can prevent a tech-dominated world from becoming robot-like. - Pria Randolph, Bitgram

2018 will witness the biggest technology movement, using Data Analytics, converging the two most important worlds, reality and virtual. – Anjli Jain, EVC Ventures

Data is the only driver that can redefine the way builders can discover buyers. - Sohel I S, HDFC Red

SaaS will actually meet burgeoning customer expectations in India as well as globally. - Prasad Rai, Oracle

With the data revolution coming where India already has talent in the field of analytics and healthcare, we are poised to become a leader in healthcare tech products and services. - Abhijeet Katte, Datum Media

We need home-grown brands in the electronics segment; products that are designed in India and whose IP remains in India. - Mahesh Lingareddy, Smartron

It is a reality that those from the lower strata of Indian society might find an online portal intimidating, and may need to take the help of someone else in order to use the portal. – Smita Kapoor, KelpHR

UCBrowser has transformed from being the largest mobile browser to a leading content distribution platform in India. - Kenny Ye, Alibaba Mobile Business Group

To enforce contracts, India is ranked a poor 164, as compared with five for China, two for Singapore, and 16 for the US. – Alok Patnia, TaxMantra

Karnataka is taking the lead in supporting agri-startups and it is setting a precedent for other states to follow. - Mohandas Pai, Aarin Capital

We now have an opportunity to bring the Indian system of medicine in the mainstream. - Suresh Prabhu, Minister of Commerce and Industry

To take up more than one can chew, to not delegate, is a sure-shot formula for burnout. - Neeru Sharma, Infibeam

Whatever we see as visual imagery in public is the sign of what people think is important in within a society. - Sarah Hoilund, ‘Photographing the Female’

Our children should not be dying from preventable diseases. We must strive to provide them a healthy and nutritious start to life. - Komal Ganotra, CRY

When you grow your own food, you savour it more. You eat even the vegetables you never used to touch earlier. - Gitanjali Rajamani, Farmizen

Startups that work in areas such as healthcare, transport, education, and e-commerce must be aware that their regulatory arbitrage is reducing. – V. Sridhar, IIIT-B

Children learn through their hands and touch and feel. - Mridula Shridhar, Skola Toys

There are no boring brands; there are only tired brand managers. - Lucas Watson, Intuit

Energy is a catalyst for all other kinds of development. - Priya Naik, Samhita

A tastefully curated art installation can speak volumes about a brand’s corporate philosophy. - Shakti Swarup Sahu, Floating Canvas

Don’t follow your passion, follow your talent. – Scott Galloway, ‘The Four’

Humankind has never been wealthier, yet most people, places, and even industries feel entirely left out. - Ross Baird, ‘The Innovation Blind Spot’

There is no way of knowing what will work and what won’t, but every failed experiment will teach you something new. – Rod Judkins, ‘The Art of Creative Thinking’

Dreams do come true if you believe in them and go all out to pursue them. – Durgesh Khandelwal, Wassup Flea

Great people working together can achieve great things. - Ambareesh Murty, PepperFry

If used sensibly and cautiously, retail loans can have huge positive impacts on the economy. – Rachit Chawla, Finway Capital

The strength of any law is in its enforcement. – Ashwini Vittalachar, Samvad Partners

Never get stuck in a hole where everyone else wants you to be something. – James Altucher

At times, nurses are seen as maids which is very derogatory to our profession. – Ruksana, nursing superintendent

Every day starts with a new challenge. Every sunset gives new achievement. - Ranjana Bansal, Ashok Auto

Agriculture is a key area globally, due to issues such as overpopulation, pollution and deforestation. - Paolo Iasevoli, Evja

Equality is not a concept. It’s a necessity. Equality is like gravity. - Joss Whedon, director

Once there is great product market fit, discounts become secondary. - Veena Ashiya, Monrow

You can’t have a Steve Jobs without a Steve Wozniak! – Neil Joglekar, BrowserStack

Hiring interns is a tried and tested way to scale. - Sarvesh Agrawal, Internshala

If you look at debt and equity, they both have their roles to play in the building of a company. - Rahul Khanna, Trifecta

Being self motivated to help a fellow human is the true nature of humanity. - Karthik Naralasetty, Socialblood

What we need is a fresh pair of eyes to look for the answers already in front of us. - Anshu Gupta, Goonj

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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