‘Goa now stands for Golden Opportunity Available’ – 35 quotes from Indian startup journeys


From large metros to smaller cities, 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 April 23-29 with your colleagues and networks, and check back to the original articles for more insights.

Volunteering is one of the strongest expressions of a true shared economy. - Abhishek Humbad, Goodera

Nothing can give you a better night’s sleep than knowing you have been part of an initiative that not only saved lives, but also funded the education of underprivileged kids. - Shazmeen Kara, YouWeCan

Great organisations are the ones that bring the extraordinary out of ordinary people. - Pavan Soni

Access to the right type of patient financing is always a challenge – whether it is equity, debt or grant funding. – Suresh Krishna, YSB Fund

The validation stage – stage where companies typically need $500,000 to $1 million is empty. This area needs more development. - Mahesh Yagnaraman, Acumen

Indian professionals still value cash and cheques than value in the form of ESOPs. - Harminder Sahni, Wazir Advisors

Much of the confidence, or lack thereof, in evaluating a company's prowess comes from in-person meetings between investors and founders. - Devang Mehta, Anthill Ventures

Encryption needs to be omnipotent and is relevant across all “points of residence” and “points of transit” of data. – Sachin Shenoy, Healthifyme

Security has to be looked at not just in securing devices. It has to be looked at how data is being used as a whole. - Mahesh Lingareddy, Smartron

Security providers in future would be measured on the time they take between an attack detection and its remediation. - Jayachandran Vishak Raman, Cisco

Social media has become really creepy - they are tracking your clicks, they are even tracking how many times a day you call your mom. - Orkut Büyükkökten, Hello

Data lets you drive better marketing and increase sales spends. It took the industry 10 years to prepare for this insight-based approach. - Partha DeSarkar, HGS

Very few companies are asking themselves whether they are handling customer information in a morally and legally sound way. It’s time they did. - Mark Thompson, KPMG

You can make the mistake of thinking everything in every country is the same as your home country – it isn’t. - Marcia Deutsch, YO Home Sperm Test

The Flipkart-Walmart deal just validates the potential we have been talking of all this while. - Vinod Murali, Alteria Capital

In the agriculture sector, there is a huge diversity in terms of farming practices, crop types, weather conditions, and - most importantly - the unsaid policies of the region. - Anant Raheja, FIB-SOL Life Technologies

The government should support by setting up women vegetable growers’ society. - Dinesh Kumar Rai, Mohammadpur panchayat

We should create awareness about the goodness of neera and palmyra gur or jaggery through our school curriculum, documentary films and also by roping in stars. - Dhandapani, Nagapadi

This new breed of millennial startups is now shifting towards a meaningful purpose. - Ravi Sreedharan, ISDM

Life is about more than your career, it's about you and how you grow and that will have an effect on the people around you. Create your legacy. - Jamie Graham, Who Knows Wins

It’s all about the people you meet in life – they can either motivate you or break you. You need to keep going in the right direction and meet people who are good for you. - Rashael Kanwal, skiing champion

The more you know, the more you know you don’t know. - Tom Goodwin, Zenith Media

You don't have to love everybody but you don't have to hate everybody too. - Sriram Aiyar, Nalandaway

The right treatment plan is as important as the treatment itself. - Amit Jotwani, Onco.com

A logical and well-thought argument, backed by solid facts, are the primary requirements under the Constitution to put a stop to any business in India. - Rashmi Deshpande, Khaitan & Co.

If we are successful in 10 large cities in India, that itself would be the size of Western Europe. - Joel Jerome, Somey’s Kitchen

In the case of depreciation of the rupee, for foreign investors buying permanent Indian assets, it becomes cheaper because you are getting more rupees per dollar. - Madan Sabnavis, CARE Ratings

Though sponsored content has become fairly common in online English world, advertisers are just warming up to the format in non-English languages. - Mustafa Kassim, RoarMedia

India accounts for 12.5 percent of global road accidents, with 55 accidents and 17 deaths occurring every hour. - Uber

Students in India come from unimaginably diverse backgrounds. They have their own unique learning curves and different starting points. - Atul Kulshrestha, Extramarks

The moment a taste factor comes in, the MNCs aren't very successful because they don't customise. They only commoditise. But the market changes every 50-100 miles in India. - Vishal Chordia, Pravin Masalewale

Indian cities have lot more to offer yet, and there will be a lot of support from the government for these cities to realise their true potential. - Varun Manian, Radiance Realty

Goa now stands for Golden Opportunity Available. - Rohan Khaunte, Minister of Revenue, IT, Labour and Employment, Government of Goa

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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