‘Working for oneself is never stressful’ – 35 quotes from Indian startup journeys


From attitude to ownership, 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 2-8 with your colleagues and networks, and check back to the original articles for more insights.

Managing your own business needs something extra. It needs above all courage and confidence. - Tanvi Goenka Sekhsaria, Mystere Paris

A creative career can be tough, but nothing can stop you if you have the passion. – Mallika Prakash, Moto-Art 2018

Working for oneself is never stressful, even if it means many hours in a stretch. There is so much scope for creativity and exploring always. - Sunil Koshy, From Mug to Mike

You can’t go out there expecting the big bucks to just start flowing in. You need to follow your passion with dedication and hard work. – Kamiya Jani, Curly Tales

Being an entrepreneur isn’t an easy task. You need to work every single day and minute, and it isn’t for everyone. - Mona Ataya, Mumzworld

Real creativity, excitement and humanity lie in the messy parts of life, not the tidy ones. – Tim Harford, ‘Messy’

Industry boundaries are not fixed. They are as fluid as your imagination. - W.Chan Kim and Renée Mauborgne, ‘Blue Ocean Shift’

A data localisation requirement will have significant implications for global payment system players, many of whom are have centralised offshore data storage systems. - Shilpa Mankar Ahluwalia, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas

Learning behaviour differs by age. By gender. By economic background. By mood. By language. Unless we adapt to that, we cannot help our users really learn. - Deepak Murugaian, Teach Edison

Voice opens up a raft of new use cases because, all of sudden, you no longer need to be looking at a screen or typing on a keyboard. - Alex Burke, Tigerspike

In blockchain, because of the use of cryptography, entire business models can be automated through the use of smart contacts. - Kamal Anandani, Union

Delivering a personalized experience to each and every customer at scale increasingly requires robust AI and machine learning technologies. - Hande Cilingir, Inside

IoT is a collaborative, multi-disciplinary effort that spans cloud development, machine learning, AI, security and privacy. - Julia White, Microsoft Azure

Financial independence is a huge enabler. - Laxmi Devi, Maa Danteshwari

Nothing ever happens in a straight line. - Daniel Ek, Spotify

Rapidly changing technology is rendering skills transient, triggering organisations to hire with short-term outlook rather than for the future. - Kamal Karanth, Xpheno

While solving puzzles, students are not concerned with the difficult science content, so they are able to reflect on problem-solving. - Supreeth Kittenkere, GyanPro

India is a warehouse of problems which need digital solutions. - Sarv Sarvanan, Dell-EMC

Most doctors want to be in metro cities or urban areas. That’s why we need to create the same kind of facilities for doctors in rural areas. - Ayyaj Tamboli, Bijapur District hospital

The desi heart craves a little nostalgia every now and then. - Ratnesh Jaiswal, Kautage

When it comes to lovemaking, ancient Indian gyaan has so much to offer. Kama Sutra positions take the experience to another level. - Gaurav Singh, LoveRollers

India has so many facilities that need intelligent software that gives a single view of all the systems. - Prabhu Ramachandran, Facilio

India with its 1.2 billion plus population is a huge market for the cleaning business. One thing that you have in abundance in India is dirt. - Anubhav Chopra, Thinking Deals

There are over two million NGOs in India, and many of them lack transparency. Lot of donations do not reach the desired location. - Anil Reddy, Donatekart

Indian online sellers and freelancers are expected to contribute as much as 40 percent towards future revenue generation and economic growth. - Narsi Subramanian, PayPal India

The aspirational value in India is increasing and the circular economy model compliments it really well. - Mahima Kaul, CoutLoot

The top companies in India are finding it easy to raise money. There is a sheer cliff after that. - Parag Dhol, Inventus Capital Partners

Startups are at the core of India’s transition journey towards becoming a leading innovation hub in the world. - Akhilesh Tuteja, KPMG India

Farmers should have the freedom to sell their produce anywhere he or she wants. The rights-based paradigm should be extended to farmers also. - Edvin Varghese, Mandi Trades

A drought-tolerant crop, custard apple can remain green and healthy even during protracted dry spells. - Rishi Vasudev, Flipkart

India is poised to increase its food processing capacities; however the condition being our products must become as competitive as it is in other export markets. - Balaji Balaraman, Agribolo

There is a lot of adulteration in spices, lentils, and rice. In some parts of the country, even plastic is added to the rice. - Arvind Mediratta, Metro Cash and Carry

SME credit is seriously constrained due to lack of reach and relevant data to assess credit worthiness of borrowers. - Anup Gupta, Nexus Venture Partners

Renewable energy is here to stay. More so solar energy, which we have in abundance, and policy is supporting the growth of solar. - Ashok Jhunjhunwala, IIT Madras

Photography is really important, yet, photographers and photos get treated as second-class citizens. - Ritesh Uttamchandani, ‘The Red Cat and Other Stories’

Africa represents a huge untapped ecommerce opportunity. Africa’s key megatrends bode well for the development of ecommerce. - Herman Singh, MTN

A resilient society lets you fail, and even lets the failure sting, but only for a moment. Then it helps you get back on track, and everyone reaps the benefit. - Megan McArdle, ‘The Up Side of Down’

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).