‘The simpler the story, the better the impact’ – 35 quotes from Indian startup journeys


From sensemaking to storytelling, 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 July 16-22 with your colleagues and networks, and check back to the original articles for more insights.

To know what you need to do is good, to have a plan for it is great, but to apply it in daily, dedicated action – that is excellence! - Shikha Uberoi Bajpai, Indi.com

No work is lesser or greater, what matters is the way you do it. Everyone should simply work with their heart and soul; the results will follow. - Rohim Momin

There can be only one CEO, even if there are many founders. - Vineet K. Singh

A startup should always know where its significant costs lie, and where its revenue sources are. - Yatin Hans, Bigsmall.in

Conventional wisdom dictates that every customer is a good customer. But that’s not always the case. - Harsh Shah, Fynd

While hiring, it is critical that the team and every employee connect with the company’s vision. - Suchi Pandya, Pipa+Bella

Your first job is to keep experimenting and trying to see where your skills and ambitions fit. - Ram Charan

Success is continuing to raise the bar. - Pierre-Alain Benoit, Mural Festival

Cross-border technology startups used to be a rare exception. They are now a way of life and the principal source of innovation among VC-backed companies. - Eric Benhamou, BGV

Digital is our best bet for the journey ahead. - Pradeep Dadha, Netmeds.com

Offline travel companies still continue to cater to and retain clients with a human touch, and offering value-added travel services which online travel companies fail to offer. - Jay Kantawala, WIYO Travel

Entertainment platforms must make users hooked to the platform and not just the content on it. - Mayank Khanduja, SAIF Partners

Because of its higher recall value, it makes a lot of sense for brands to have a presence in the form of VR experiences. - Vaibhav Tyagi, ShipJewel

India still has a long way to go before every single individual and enterprise has access to finance in letter and spirit. - Kshama Fernandes, Northern Arc Capital

Lending is a must-have functionality for any leading end-to-end financial exchange. - Robin Raina, Ebix

The consumer lending market in India is ripe for disruption. - Prashanth Ranganathan, PaySense

India has already overtaken the US to become the second largest smartphone market. - Pradipto Ganguly, Britzo

India is already the seventh-largest data centre market in the world, according to Gartner. - Naveen Andrade, DatacenterDynamics India

Solar rooftop, IoT, and energy efficiency all individually have a huge opportunity in India. - Gaurav Gupta, Dalberg Consulting

Online sales account for less than 5 percent of the total retail sales in India. Retailers are realizing that “touch-and-feel” is an important component. - Tarun Pasricha, S.P. Jain School of Global Management

Omnichannel solutions need to be structured around a model that builds bridges to digital habits. - Amit Sharma, ShopX

Education needs a redo, and much more so medicinal services training. - Vipul Jain, Advancells

Biases creep into AI fast. It is something that startups and corporates should be cognisant of. - Nischith Rastogi, Locus

The stage is set for the co-working revolution 2.0, and its arena is Indian Tier-II cities. - Sudeep Singh, GoWork

We have to take a big leap in social innovation to make over 60 percent of India’s population living in rural areas a part of our growth story. - Amitabh Kant, Niti Aayog

Today, you don’t have to uproot yourself from your hometowns even if you have a dream of building a multi-crore business. - Chirayu Jain, Pragati Systems

Farmers need to be seen as more than a vote bank. Their upliftment needs to become a political agenda. - Soumitro Chakraborty, Fiinovation

India Inc. has a truly unique and real opportunity to chart a story of inclusive growth in the economy and dictate the global narrative on CSR by leading with example. - Ravi Sreedharan, ISDM

GST brought with it a plethora of challenges for various industries. At the same time, it has ushered in growth, simplicity, and transparency. - Abhishek Rastogi, Khaitan & Co.

Everyone is awaiting government regulations on crypto; this is what keeps Indian investors out. - Shashank Udupa, Enkidu

Most of the skill requirements in a decade will be for jobs which do not exist as of now. - Satya Ranjan Acharya, EDII

Being disciplined is of the utmost importance, but it’s not a sometimes-only thing. - Manish Sharma, Derivative Trading Academy

You have to love your work and put in the hours. And even after all that, there is no guarantee. - Anahita Dhondy

Investing in oneself is to nurture both your mind and body, and it allows you to have more ideas, more knowledge, more compassion, greater strength and mental endurance. - Shalini Prakash, 500 Startups

It’s wise to build parallel networks, one a more close-knit peer-driven, and another, a more open-group which you keep expanding by meeting industry leaders and domain experts. - Manisha Raisinghani, LogiNext

There can be no growth without uncertainty. - Hrithik Roshan

The simpler the story, the better the impact. - Anita Kotwani, Mindshare

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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