‘You should try and fail, but not fail to try’ – 40 quotes of the week from Indian startup journeys


From passion to perseverance, 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 22-28 with your colleagues and networks, and check back to the original articles for more insights.

Millennials are attracted towards the startup-like culture that provides an abundance of autonomy, purpose, and mastery. - Nandini Piramal, Piramal Enterprises

One needs to have a thick skin to be a leader. Quick decision makers make for good leaders in a startup. - Prashant Parashar, Zomato

You have got to want to be the best before you can even begin to reach that goal. - Billie Jean King

If a person wants to be successful, they should have a high EQ. If you don’t want to lose quickly, you should have a high IQ. – Jack Ma, Alibaba

Be daring, and don’t think twice about pursuing your interests. Keep the passion alive. - Gomathi Suresh, Gallery Manora

Success is happiness and contentment. - Savi Sharma, ‘Everyone Has a Story’

You should try and fail, but not fail to try. - Vinod Khosla, Khosla Ventures

You have to have a greater commitment to justice than a fear of the law. - Edward Snowden

We need to be more accommodative of the others around us, be it of other religions, castes, or cultures. - Shilpi Batra Adwani, ‘Sheenkhalai’

The biggest challenge is the pricing. Certified organic products come at a premium, and generally people are used to buying cheaper products. - Sapna Venkat, Embar

The road ahead for healthcare and pharmaceutical industries is paved with questions around privacy and innovations that are likely to push the boundaries. - Keshav Murugesh, WNS

It’s time to plug the holes with new-age models and solutions that bring quality and affordable healthcare to the forefront. - Vinod Kumar Reddy, Zoylo DigiHealth

It’s still a Westphalian world out there; Google and Apple can buy a lot of things, but not national sovereignty. - Ispirt

The need for identity verification is more important than ever in today’s shared economy. - Bob Geiman, Confirm

Broadband and digital services will no longer be a luxury item – a scarce commodity – to be rationed amongst the privileged few. – Mukesh Ambani

The client is not always right - Enzo Ferrari

Real innovations don’t come in a glossy brochure: they shape our world whether we buy them or not. - Tim Harford, ‘Fifty Things that Made the Modern Economy’

Getting the perfect-looking vada at home is really tedious and messy. Hence making vadas at home had slowly started disappearing. - Musthafa PC, iD Fresh Foods

Startup accelerators can play an important role in integrating with and growing existing business. - Manish Choudhary, Pitney Bowes India

ANALYZE the value (and pain) of everything you do to know what to double-down on and what to eliminate. – James Altucher

Lock up your libraries if you like; but there is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind. - Virginia Woolf

India contributes around 20 percent to the world population, but DNA sequences of Indians make up only 0.2 percent of genetic databases worldwide. - Saleem Mohammed, XCode

For the Indian healthcare ecosystem to truly evolve and grow, it would be great if there is not just tax relief but benefits as well. - Shashank ND, Practo

We’ll be moving forward this year with legislation to ensure equal pay for work of equal value at the federal level. - Justin Trudeau, PM, Canada

Crowdfunding is ideal for early-stage companies that need a smaller pool of funding. It’s also good for your enterprise to test the messaging, product offerings and brand. - Chaarvi Badani, Villgro

Knowing that your product will have a social impact instills a satisfaction that the business model will positively impact lives. - Viswanadh Malladi, FGI

Music can change your personality, increase your creativity, and when you start listening to music from other cultures, you begin to become sympathetic towards them. - Dr L Subramaniam

We must give our students inconvenient truths rather than reassuring lies about the future. - Geetha Narayanan, Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology

The best talent isn’t out looking for job opportunities - so don’t just rely on inbound resumes. - Kanika Jain, Squad

The best project you will ever work on is YOU! - Dipika Trehan, HOW Forum

You need to hustle every day of your life. You aren't half the person you can be if you aren’t doing five things. – Neha Dhupia

Sales and marketing are witnessing a massive digital transformation to enable businesses create an engaging buying experience. - Lakshmi Narayanan, Cognizant

The government needs to make their stand clear on cryptocurrency regulations. - Hesham Rehman, Bitxoxo

We need a soft touch regulatory regime, combined with certainty in taxes following the global principles of taxation for startup companies to flourish and thrive. - V Balakrishnan, Exfinity

We have identified our priorities as the three Es - enriching farmers, empowering rural youth, and exciting urban customers. - Selvakumar Varadharajan, VilFresh

To get crafts acknowledged and make them a part of our daily lives, it is important to see them beyond objects/souvenirs. - Srishti Verma, Dehaati

This is a golden period for Dalits. Because of the new market economy, material markers are replacing social markers. - Chandra Bhan Prasad

Automation and artificial intelligence are helping financial institutions reduce costs, optimise their processes, and reach more markets. - Yamini Bhat, Vymo

We need to continually evolve to stay ahead in the global AI revolution or risk losing out here as well. - Nishith Rastogi, Locus

India is both massively underinsured and also one of the world’s youngest countries with 45 percent of the population under the age of 24. - Rohan Kumar, Toffee

With changing lifestyles and increasing labour costs, the retail market for frozen foods in India is expected to see rapid growth. - Mohammed A Selia, Balwa Group

The billionaire boom is not a sign of a thriving economy, but a symptom of a failing economic system. - Nisha Agrawal, Oxfam India

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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