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‘There is no better feeling than actually changing people's lives’ – 40 quotes from Indian startup journeys

Madanmohan Rao
28th May 2018
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From innovation to impact, 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 May 21-27 with your colleagues and networks, and check back to the original articles for more insights.

Running a startup is an immensely satisfying job. But at the same time, it is also a humungous responsibility. - Devendra Fadnavis, Maharashtra Chief Minister

An informed user is more likely to be a good customer. - Madan Srinivasan, Creditas Solutions

There are four I’s that drive consumer behaviour – Interaction, Intelligence, Inclusiveness and Instant. - Kashyap Vadapalli, Pepperfry

Service is the key. It is what will set you apart from everyone else and be the foundation of a lifelong trust and relationship with your clients. - Jayaraj Kadam, Kotak Life

Consumers are happiest when they have choice. - Nadiem Makarim, Go-Jek

Good branding and campaign can only complement a great product, not be a substitute for one. - Nidhi Bhasin

Phone calls will always be the least common denominator when it comes to addressing interactions. - Shivakumar Ganesan, Exotel

GDPR is not a one-time policy, but a practice in perpetuity. - Hrishikesh Datar, Vakilsearch.com

The companies require a programmatic approach and defensible programme in order to comply with GDPR. - Rohan Mahajan, LawRato.com

The GDPR has forced business entities to sit up and take a serious look at the data that they have been amassing. - Supratim Chakraborty, Khaitan & Co.

The business of cloud is all about faster delivery of services to the end customer. - Amit Zavery, Oracle

Cars were initially built for drivers. But with ride-sharing, the control needs to be there for the passenger. - Bhavish Aggarwal, Ola

Although India is a texting market, opening it to speech will take it to a completely different level, and using AI on top of it will be interesting. - Madhivanan Balakrishnan, ICICI Bank

Food & Grocery is a $300-billion segment in India and is expected to grow to $1 trillion by 2030. - Vani Kola, Kalaari Capital

Inclusion is key to realising the true potential of the digital opportunity in India. - Farid Ahsan, Sharechat

Indian digital content industry is just getting started. Polyculture and multiple languages make content matching an incredibly hard problem. - Forrest Chen, NewsDog

India is the largest market for affordable housing and there is not a single developer who has scale. - Rajesh Krishnan, Brick Eagle

In a vast country like India, where the unorganised sector is predominant, entrepreneurship can be a key enabler in employment generation. - Rajesh Agrawal, MSDE

Healthcare crowdfunding is a highly scalable solution given the low insurance penetration in our country. - Apoorva Patni, Founder, Currae Healthtech Fund

Remember, it is a small world and if the recruiter cannot hire you today, she may want to recruit you for another role tomorrow. - Rashmi Shenoy, Cleartrip

Many things that we take for granted in Mumbai and Bengaluru, is not the case with smaller ecosystems. - Ajay Ramasubramaniam, Zone Startups

The process of making money in the stock market is similar to planting a tree. - Manish Goel, Research and Ranking

Coworking space and virtual office spaces are sure to continue growing as more workers aim for a work-life balance. - Vineet Taing, Vatika Business Centre

The plans can keep changing over time with more insights but once a great execution culture is built, the teams can deliver any agenda. - Deepak Garg, RIVIGO

Unless people are incentivised, it’s difficult to bring a change, and this is a common human tendency. - Prateek Mittal, RVM Recycle

A great purpose statement is one that is all about fulfilling customer needs, so the more clearly articulated that is the more it will help with boosting revenues and cashflow. - Kevin Murray, 'People with Purpose'

It is imperative to keep your revenue model strong, hustle every day, and be like water. Shape your business and product according to the changing market dynamics. - Vishal Jain, RoadCast

The belly of the beast is in affordability and durability. - Adarsh Menon, Flipkart Private Labels

I do not believe in 9 to 5 jobs especially in a creative field. - Masooma Rizvi

The arts, for me, is an important cultural ambassador. They translate similarities and differences between us, so we can learn from each other. - Shona Urvashi

Art is an expression of the soul. - Prashanti Goel, Aalankritha Art Gallery

I can shake off everything as I write; my sorrows disappear, my courage is reborn. – Anne Frank

From adversity comes success. When you are faced with insurmountable challenges, know that you are being honed for something great. - Sangita Desai, Raw Nature Company

If you’re changing the world, you’re working on important things. You’re excited to get up in the morning. - Larry Page, Google

Sustainability is the need of the hour. Brands as well as consumers today are becoming increasingly environmentally conscious and realising the importance of recycling. - Aamir Akhtar, Arvind

To ensure the relevance of open government data, mechanisms have to be put in place to take its benefits to ordinary people and to marginalised communities. - Centre for Internet and Society

By empowering communities to deal with the differently abled, we can create a society of tomorrow where we are respected for our differences and not judged on the same. - Ganga Changappa, The Coorg Foundation

The best way for social transformation is when people at the bottom of the pyramid can move up to the formal economy. - Will Poole, Unitus Ventures

There is no better feeling than actually changing people's lives. - Kunal Chhajed, CM Fellow

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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