‘There is no age bar for dreams’ – 60 quotes from Indian startup journeys

6th Feb 2018
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From dreams to dedication, 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 60 gems and insights from the week of January 29 – February 4 with your colleagues and networks, and check back to the original articles for more insights.

Make passion your paycheck. - Vishal Bali, Medwell Ventures

Success is achieved twice. Once in the mind and the second time in the real world. - Azim Premji, Wipro

Most companies have been built by solving a problem that they know will stay a problem for at least the next 10 years or longer. - Neil Joglekar, BrowserStack

There is no recipe for success in business, but there are best practices. - Tren Griffin, 'A Dozen Lessons for Entrepreneurs'

Getting that mix right—thinking strategically and staying close to execution—is the essence of the CEO’s job. - Chanda Kochhar, ICICI Bank

An empathetic leader needs to be out in the world, meeting people where they live and seeing how the technology we create affects their daily activities. – Satya Nadella, Microsoft

Obsess about the problem, not the solution. You need to be able to understand the customer’s problem so well that the solution becomes blindingly obvious! - Richard Banfield, ‘Product Leadership’

Self-service tools are just tools. Using them effectively depends greatly on the person who's using it. - Robyn Rap, Indeed.com

Having a designer approach can set you apart from the competition. It provides you a completely different space to thrive in. – Amit Dua, ValueAppz

I don’t pay good wages because I have a lot of money; I have a lot of money because I pay good wages. - Robert Bosch

Too much money has been lost chasing short-term returns/performance. - Vipin Khandelwal, Unovest

There are many benefits of being more observant or mindful, a prime one being that you can see more opportunities in life. - Lynn Wood, Idea Spies

Vehicles are becoming more complex - both mechanically and electronically. This rise in complexity creates a strain on testing processes. - Greta Cutulenco, Acerta

Seize the day and give your hobby wings. - Shenaz Bapooji, Shopmatic

Art can uplift a country and make it stand tall and proud in the world. - Sonu Mulchandani, Phoenix ArtSci Fest

There is no age bar for dreams. - Sajna Ali, Appooppanthaadi

To have a “public” blockchain without cryptocurrencies is like having a car without gasoline. - Vani Kola, Kalaari Capital

Policymakers need to make clear what they think about money supply when it comes to cryptocurrencies. - Rohan Juneja, Nebula Exchange

I believe the government is failing to understand that cryptocurrencies are not about speculation and trading; there's much more to them. - Kumar Gaurav, Cashaa

The interest towards cryptocurrencies remains, and the fresh number of account opening applications continue to grow. - Ajeet Khurana, Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Commitee of India

It's a very good move to introduce AI as a national agenda, especially since it is impacting all consumer-related technologies. - Venu Kondur, Lobb

At its purest and highest abstraction, Blockchain has the potential to eliminate corruption in governance! - Jaspreet Bindra, Mahindra Group

It is a wise move by the government to incentivise digital payments to encourage consumers to shift to “cashless” - Kumar Srinivasan, Matchmove

Material interests are not the only guiding light. – Kalpana Chawla

With chatbots adapting to the customer’s mood, revenues are bound to increase. - Amit Dua, ValueAppz

Companies need to reinvent themselves as frugal enterprises that integrate digitally empowered consumers. - Shalini Prakash, 500 Startups

Making a team of talented and passionate dreamers who want to make it big in the digital space is hard to find. - Shradha Agarwal, Grapes Digital

If you’re deeply concerned about your organisation’s lack of leadership capability, you are in the clear majority. - Evan Sinar, GLF

The key to a thriving company is to ensure that you understand your receivables, payables, and the net position at all times. - Raunak Oberoi, Amaara Herbs

What you want in a mentor is someone who truly cares about you and who will look after your interests and not just their own. - Vivek Wadhwa, Duke University

A neat, professional design inspires confidence and builds trust in the minds of customers. - Kaartik Iyer, Infigic Technologies

Comics visually display narration and create more impact on young minds, and remain etched in one's memory for a longer time. – Geeta Bora, Spherule Foundation

It’s not a profession, it’s a way of life... Why else would the surgeon live, if not to work? - Alla Ilyinichna Levushkina

Employees perform best when put on a level footing and valued equally. - Abdul Jaleel, Adobe India

The top 200 universities should be given full autonomy - academic, financial, and administrative. – Mohandas Pai, Aarin Capital

It's very possible to fail but that's not the reason not to try. - Bretwood Higman

In this era of Instagram and instant flow of information, fashion consumers are same across the world and trends reach the consumers in the blink of an eye. - Manjula Tiwari, Cover Story

In all the madness of TRP hunger and news organisations, a lot of subtle points get missed. - Meghnad S, Consti-tuition

Immersive computing will remove more of the abstractions between us and our computers. It’s the inevitable next step in the arc of computing interfaces. - Sai Krishna VK, Scapic

Don't say what badminton can give you, instead ask what you can do for badminton. – Prakash Padukone

We have forgotten the value of simplicity; that’s why there is so much unrest in society today. - Anil Trivedi

There is a science and an art to carving out ‘your’ well-being. - Sharoon Sunny, MEnD

You stand to lose always, if you get into price wars. - Vikram Upadhyaya, GHV Accelerator

Cloud is proven to be most cost-effective IT infrastructure. - Chris Tung, AliBaba

The budget has given a strong push to our economy in the right direction of technology adoption. - Kunal Varma, MoneyTap

This budget will help small business by making it easier for them to adopt financial technology solutions. - Nikhil Rungta, Intuit India

The Angel Tax must go, or should only be applicable to startups over a certain valuation (say $10 million). - Ishan Singh, RevStart

The Consumer Protection Act has made celebrities more accountable for the products they endorse over the last few years. – Prabhakar Mundkur, HGS Interactive

India is likely to have more than 17.3 lakh new cases of cancer and over 8.8 lakh deaths due to the disease by 2020. - Indian Council for Medical Research

More than 50 percent of India's population is below the age of 25, and over 65 percent below 35. This gives India a phenomenal advantage. - Alok Patnia, TaxMantra

Most Indian SMBs need a fair bit of hand holding to begin their digital journey and DIY may not be suitable for the vast majority. - Liz Gabriel, Tarjima

The government speaks about rural livelihood, but they should first merge digitisation with livelihood. Let’s go beyond access when it comes to digitisation now. - Jasminder Gulati, NowFloats

If we get retailers to move beyond digital wallets and straightaway promote UPI, India can beat several global economies in digital payments. - Mukul Bafana, Arvind Internet

Truecaller SDK is now used world over. But the trigger was from India and was born out of use cases from India. - Priyam Bose, Truecaller

The multi-billion-dollar Indian wedding industry has incredible potential, but must be tackled keeping in mind its complexities. - Sanna Vohra, The Wedding Brigade

India's young consumers are experimenting and discovering more entertainment options on mobile. - Vijay Shekhar Sharma, Paytm

It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. – Warren Buffet

Investors expect you to know your field from inside out. And competition analysis is a huge part of that knowledge. - Jaydip Parikh Tej SolPro

Money is the greatest story ever told. - Michael Casey, MIT Media Lab

Valuation is an art, not a science. - Aravind S, The Filings.in

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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