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‘While talent can win games, teamwork wins the championships’ – 50 quotes from Indian startup journeys

Madanmohan Rao
30th Jul 2018
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From technology to talent, 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 23-29 with your colleagues and networks, and check back to the original articles for more insights.

Sometimes, difficult times are actually a test of how strong you can hold to emerge successful. - Gautami Raiker, LawMate

You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. — Maya Angelou

Don’t expect life to be a bed of roses, there will be challenges along the way. - Ekta Bhyan, para-athlete

Overall, the first year of a startup is much like the first year of a restaurant. Potential disaster lurks at every turn. - Greg Moran, Zoomcar

Founders must realise it's not the big wins that matter. You have to constantly be out there in the market and proving that the product works. - Sridhar Vembu, Zoho

You can have all the money and technology in the world, but it will be no good if your team isn’t up to the task. - Manisha Ahlawat, Vivafit India

While talent can win games, teamwork wins the championships. - Swadha Ojha, Aon Hewitt

For the company’s best interest, discuss how you will resolve potential future clashes over titles, roles, and responsibilities. - Vani Kola, Kalaari Capital

It’s satisfying to see that you can build a fantastic product with a small, talented team from a rural base. - Sarah Hess, MageQuill

Innovation for the Indian aerospace ecosystem can create positive disruption that has the potential to permeate to other sectors. - Vaishali Neotia, Merxius

The rental and retail industry work in very different ways and the application of the same taxation regime on them doesn’t make sense. - Harsh Dhand, RENTSHER

With more than 40 OTT players in India, binge-watchers have unlimited choices of content offers. - Jason Wang, SHAREit India

There is a rising trend of exploring local and travel experiences among the 230 million urban millennials in India. - Prashant Sachan, Trell

India is currently the second most attractive renewable energy market in the world and fourth in terms of renewable energy investments. - Rana Kapoor, YES Bank

There are millions of GIF images shared in India, but there are no curated sites for GIFs with Indian themes. - Mahesh Gogineni, GIFSKEY

India is a large market and the language Internet users are underserved today. - Aprameya Radhakrishna, Vokal

A multilingual feature in your SMS marketing campaigns will not only boost your customer engagement but also help increase the customer base. - Rajdip Gupta, Route Mobile

Over the next decade, by using the best of automation and human capital, Indian industry may fulfil its true potential, something that has eluded it thus far. - Kavita Nigam, KARAM Industries

People have gone back to the basics and their roots and are actually relishing Indian produce, which are considered superfoods abroad, such as turmeric. - Chef Amrita Raichand

The microfinance sector has contributed significantly towards making Indian women more visible in the entrepreneurial landscape, aiding their ability to become producers and job creators. - Vivek Tiwari, Satya MicroCapital

The active rise in exposure to the internet has given a significant impetus to the growth of the mobile accessories market in India. - Sanjeev Bhatia, OnlyMobiles.com

Over the past couple of years, India has become a superpower driving innovation in the retail sector across the globe. - Rakesh Mishra, Target India

Slums are not transitory in nature, dispelling the myth that increasing slum populations are due to the recent boom in urban migration. - 'Studying the Real Slums' report

Waste plastic is a major environmental concern. It is better to put these bottles to good use by planting small shrubs in them. - Rohit Mehra, IRS

Dumping organic and inorganic matter together in landfills has increased the contamination of ground-water which impacts the health of people living in areas near such landfills. - Vishnu Priya

Increased life expectancy and change in lifestyle through better transport facilities and consumption of processed food are leading to various unheard of ailments. - Abhay Bang, Shodhgram

A huge advantage today’s SMEs have over those of 10-15 years ago is the easy availability and widespread consumption of digital brand messaging. - Rohan Ayyar, SEMrush

Netflix has set new standards for storytelling across the world. - Ashwin Suresh, Pocket Aces

Worldwide, logistics and supply chains are undergoing a transformation as more “artificial intelligence” is being employed to manage both domestic and international movement of goods. - Samir Lambay, Freightcrate Technologies

Today and in the future, every well-run logistics network will have to make optimal use of technology. - Praveen Vashistha, Gxpress

The two pillars of the education system, administration and learning environment, both are exploiting the benefits of AI and evolving at a fast pace. - Silky Jain, Tula’s Institute

With a majority of the customer base found online, social AI, the fusion of AI and social media, can be beneficial for companies who adopt it. - Sudeshna Datta, Absolutdata

Enterprises need a modern cloud-based identity platform that can be the foundation for digital transformation and provide peace of mind when it comes to security. - Rakesh Soni, LoginRadius

Soundwave readers are around 50 times cheaper than RFID and cost in the range of USD 10-25. - Himaghna Dey Sarkar, ToneTag

If one has to understand Blockchain, start with token economics and how it can be used by every stakeholder in the city. - Praphul Chandra, KoineArth

With the growing demand for co-working spaces, there is a focus on transforming under-utilised real estate assets and providing affordable workspaces for entrepreneurs. - Amit Ramani, Awfis

Most businesses lose clients because they forget to follow up for renewals. - Limesh Parekh, Enjay IT Solutions

To win in the omnichannel ecosystem, taking the long view is the best approach. - Siddharth Dabhade, Criteo

In a hyper-competitive market, knowing where your competitors are headed is an important strategic advantage. - Mohit Bhakuni, Contify

Companies should be considered not just as development contributors through CSR or philanthropy, but should be placed in the very center of the development space. - Akanksha Sharma

The real fun is not in creating a billion dollar company, but changing the way millions of students think and learn. - Byju Raveendran, Byjus

Programmes that require traveling to a distant place enable students to become more curious, active and dynamic. - Hitesh Gautam, FieldTripers

Chatbots and live chat have proved their worth – yet the industry still needs to dive deeper and include live chat in a more utilitarian way. - Vipul Garg, Morph.ai

Most tech founders don’t know where to stop. We always want to keep adding feature after feature; prioritising what is important and stopping is very difficult. - Chaitanya Peddi, Darwinbox

Taking a holiday is no longer just an option, it has become a requirement so as to not burn out. - Ruban Das, DoubleTree Suites

Being physically fit alone is not enough to ensure the health and productivity of employees. It is just as essential to improve their mental health. - Shivam Hingorani, Ace Blend

Art can be livelihood and also good for the soul and for mental health. - Sophie Ouellet, Cosner Gallery

We invest in the humanities not because of philanthropy, but because it is strategic, and it is what gives every last ounce of meaning to anything we ever build with our newest tools. - Scott Hartley, 'The Fuzzy and the Techie'

Everyone has the right to express any emotion they feel. - Jasjyot Singh Hans

Gaining knowledge through merely one domain is extremely hazardous not only for an individual’s career but also their life. - Pratish Nair, PKSBE

You can’t realize your potential if you keep believing that it’s not a possibility. - Apurva Purohit, Jagran Group

Retirement is a terrible word, a human being never retires. - Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus

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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