‘Once the elephant walks on a path, that road will be changed forever’ – 50 quotes from Indian startup journeys

‘Once the elephant walks on a path, that road will be changed forever’ – 50 quotes from Indian startup journeys

Monday July 16, 2018,

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From digitisation to disruption, 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 50 gems and insights from the week of July 9-15 with your colleagues and networks, and check back to the original articles for more insights.

If you think big, stay prepared for the risks that come along too! - Shrenik Gandhi, White Rivers Media

There are two parts to building a culture: About 80 percent is your product; the rest is what you do everyday. - Subrata Mitra, Accel Partners

Challenges are part and parcel of the journey. - Mandeep Manocha, Cashify

A startup is not a great place to work just because of the cool swag and lazy couches, but rather, due to the collective ownership of an idea which has the potential to disrupt a category. - Sreeraman Thiagarajan, Agrahyah Technologies

Players win by providing the best overall customer and supplier experience at the best price. - Simon Smith, Ola Australia

If the business is durable with strong moats guarded by crocodiles and ramparts, you definitely do not need to worry about the transient hiccups in the stock market. - Manish Goel, Research and Ranking

If 20 years ago, housewives were selling products by doing exhibitions within their community, today they are doing it on WhatsApp groups. - Rahul Chowdhri, SVP

India and China are rising and creating ripples, and we are in the midst of this transition. By 2031 this transition will be complete. - Mohandas Pai, Aarin Capital

Today, India’s healthcare is in a crisis. India ranks a dismal 154 out of 198 countries on the healthcare index. - Vani Kola, Kalaari Capital

People are more curious today and consuming not just food, but the stories around food. The Indian consumer is not just consuming a product, they are consuming an experience. - Ranveer Brar, chef

With fantasy sports steadily gaining ground in India, it’s always game on! - Piyush Kumar, Rooter

India’s organized furniture industry is expected to grow at 20 percent per annum over the next few years and is projected to cross US$ 32 billion by 2019. - Prasad Bollineni, Homlot

In India, breast cancer results in a death every seven minutes. What’s shocking is screening is rare and only one percent of women have had a breast exam. - Carman Kobza, MyCliniCare

There are less than a handful of board-certified child and adolescent psychiatrists in the Indian sub-continent, and hardly any organised community infrastructure for children and young people's mental health. - Ramya Mohan, CAPE

With 40 percent of startups in the B2B segment, the B2B’s share in the overall tech startup funding is over 30 percent. - Nasscom-Zinnov report

Modern HR systems are a perfect combo of SMAC (Social, Mobile, Analytics, and Cloud) to get maximum returns on marketing investments. - Abhishek Agarwal, Judge Group India

Inventory management systems and real-time data creation and analysis solutions are the most efficient way in which e-commerce businesses can optimise workflows. - Anubha Verma, RentSher

Analyzing employee concerns is difficult – almost impossible – by sifting through hundreds and thousands of emails. Service tickets are far more effective. - Limesh Parekh, Enjay IT Solutions

The Gartner hype-cycle 2017 states 'virtual reality' as a technology has moved to the phase called "slope of enlightenment" implying more acceptable use cases of VR. - Sunil Goyal, YourNest Venture Capital

Any change to the status quo has its fair share of detractors – at least in the beginning – and AI is no exception. - Tina Garg, Pink Lemonade

Regulations are a threat to any new technology. It is a complete turn-off for investors too. - Rahat Kulshreshtha, Quidich Innovation Labs

There are major changes in aviation. Digitisation is changing business models. Disruption is happening from startups and technologies that are coming from outside. - Francois Auque, Airbus Ventures

We are very proud of the jugaad system, where we are available 24/7 to our customers. This works at a small scale; once you get bigger, this breaks. - Raghav Nagarajan, Matrix Partners India

MSPs, due to their predictable expense and gamut of services, are a boon to organizations looking to implement cutting-edge business practices to enhance revenues. - Prateek Garg, Progressive Infotech

Big data and analytics are all good things in an existing market. If it is new and emerging market, it does not do any good. - David Fradin, ‘Building Insanely Great Products’

With data sets that are relatively large in size, deep learning algorithms will be nothing short of the jackpot for pathologists. - Ashissh Raichura, Scanbo

While brands and companies spend on performance marketing for immediate results, a portion of the overall marketing budget should be spent on brand building for the long term. - K Ganesh, GrowthStory

As the lines between tech giants and fintechs blur, accessibility, convenience, and personalization hold the key to success. - Manav Jeet, Rubique

In the time of the internet and social media, consumer complaints and feedback have more power than ever. - Stuti Galiya, Khaitan & Co.

As per research by leading travel platforms, millennial employees of today are increasingly combining business with leisure, namely ‘bleisure’. - Neeraj Dotel, SAP Concur

Future technologies will be about visualisation and how they can provide experiences to consumers. - Rajiv Srivatsa, Urban Ladder

While online learning is bringing quality education to students, it is also making the entire learning experience ‘fun’. - Sarvesh Agrawal, Internshala

Apart from good food and service, music plays an equally important part to complement the vibe and energy of a place. - Udit Bagga and Udit Bhasin, Cafe Out of the Box

The challenge of end-of-life of plastic is of global concern. They do not degrade or compost for hundreds of years. - R Sampath Raj, Mayor of Bengaluru

It is critical that farmers get equipped with knowledge to be able to adapt to climate change. - Anne Sophie, FAO

Farm tourism is gradually flourishing in the district and the art form will help farmers get a share of the tourism industry’s profits. - Praseedkumar

Extreme competition exists among tech companies as constant innovations are necessary to avoid becoming obsolete. - Sourabh Raghuvanshi, Lava International

In personal branding it is not about yelling “I” or “Me” – it is all about how much and in what manner you contribute to the community. - Praveen Sharma, CAclubindia.com

The answer to becoming a more inclusive society starts with the actual ‘do-ing’, which requires more than awareness. Empathy must be turned into accountability. - Zafer Elcik, Otsimo

Storytelling and creativity are required in building a business that can transform lives and change the world. - Kunal Kapoor

The future which we haven’t seen as yet will just blow our mind, and being prepared for it is the least any serious professional can do. - Ambarish Datta, BFSI Sector Skill Council of India

The biggest mistake that organizations make in the quest to be agile is to jump to ‘doing’ before ‘thinking’. - Yamini Maheshwari Sapra, Aon India

To scale the very same creation, passion could be severely blinding, and a more dispassionate approach might be useful. - Pavan Soni, Inflexion Point

Your hope and help from the near ones give you enough courage to face adversity in its face. - Yuvraj Singh, YouWeCan Foundation

The self-promotional aspect is hard for a lot of people, but it’s really, really important. - Saagar Panchal, Hireavilla Hospitality

We are living in a very interesting part of history. We are changing everything – from the way we think, communicate or consume to the way we produce. - Shri Rohan Khaunte, Goa’s Minister for Information Technology, Revenue, Labour and Employment

A strong woman will not only build her family but also build a nation, provided she is supported and praised. - Hansa Sinha, Genesys Consulting

Dream big. Because only a few are blessed with God-given talent. - Nipon Das

This journey of looking inward and connecting with yourself is a never ending one. - Vishal Jacob, ‘Connecting with Yourself’

Be yourself, stay constant with your creativity and your style, and don’t deviate from it because of the trends going on. Remain true to yourself. - Amel Chamandy, Galerie NuEdge

Once the elephant walks on a path, that road will be changed forever. - Sathya Raghu, Kheyti

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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