‘Your size doesn’t matter but your confidence does’ – 35 quotes from Indian startup journeys


From creativity to confidence, 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 August 13-19 with your colleagues and networks, and check back to the original articles for more insights.

The most successful leaders are the ones who connect people to opportunities and thereby build their own network. - Deepti Atul Goswami, Dealsflow Ventures

Remember you can have it all, but not at the same time. - Barbara Novick, BlackRock

The human is more important than the technology. Make things more human. - Steve Wozniak

Business process automation is a journey in self-improvement for an organization. - Amit Dua, Signity Solutions

Effective and business-driven influencer marketing strategy can influence opinions, increase brand loyalty, and generate sales. - Sanjay Vasudeva, BuzzOne

Merchants – particularly small retailers – find it inconvenient to invest in complex payment systems, especially ones that require internet access and lack any tangible returns on investment. - Kumar Abhishek, ToneTag

As companies and content have gone online, more intelligence to investors is available to make informed investment decisions, and they are willing to pay for intelligence rather than transactions. - Manish Goel, Research and Ranking

With recent advances in deep learning and NLP, which will dramatically increase the productivity of agents, call centres are ready to become the first port of contact again for customer service. - Ram Gupta, Nexus Venture Partners

A sharply focused sales function is the backbone of revenue generation for any business. - Rachit Mathur, Avenue Growth

AR gives people the ability to look at objects in 3D. - Jai Ramamirtham, Point105.AR

For a B2B startup, getting the first client is always difficult. The bigger the client, the more challenging it is. - Ayush Jain, UtopiaTech

Ask not whether a choice exists between growth and processes, but instead “What processes in my early-stage company can help me grow faster?" - Vani Gupta, Hypersonic Advisors

If design doesn’t help you meet your business objectives, it has failed and that’s the only fair basis on which design can be measured. - Sharan Grandigae, Redd

Digital transformation requires a shift to event-driven architectures. - Arvind Khurana, Solace Corporation

Most high-street brands are only accessible to people with deep pockets. This is unfair to the maximum chunk of the population - the middle class. - Sulagna Kapoor, Pursu

CRM tools can make wealth management more scientific. Managers no longer need to rely on their ‘gut’ and be answerable for adverse outcomes. - Limesh Parekh, Enjay IT Solutions

The future of medtech is letting consumers be the focus as well as in charge of their own health. - Vipul Jain, Advancells

With varied affordable options available, co-living is a much more acceptable option than what it was a couple of years ago. - Nikhil Sikri, Zolo

The rise of Anti-microbial Resistance (AMR) is an urgent global issue that needs to be tackled on war footing. - Atsushi Usami, UTEC

Markets are not always efficient. But when they work, they can deliver public good like no other. - Shiv Kumar

It is extremely critical for us to imbibe environmental consciousness in people’s everyday activities and learn from the mistakes of the West. - Rishabh Khandelwal

Resources lost due to road congestion and improper planning of infrastructure cost India about $20 billion a year. - Pranav Jain, Automobile Consultant

Earlier, electric vehicles were expensive, but not anymore as Chinese manufacturers are looking keenly at Indian companies. - Jitender Sharma, ZipGo

This is a fantastic time to be an entrepreneur in India. - Ravi Gururaj, TiE Bangalore

Short haul and last mile commuting is an unsolved problem in mass transportation in India. - Ritesh Banglani, Stellaris Venture Partners

After bifurcation, Andhra Pradesh chose Amaravati to be the new capital. The state has to develop everything from scratch and itself is in startup mode. - Anudeep Chappa, TiE Amaravati

Karnataka has the highest allocation for the underprivileged. Every government department has to spend 24.1 percent of its allocated budget to help them. - Priyank Kharge, Minister for Social Welfare

Consumers like companies that make the world a better place. - Namrata Kothari, Upword Media

The most beautiful experience in life is when you see the lines of culture blur and get a peep into the human. - Nickhil Sharma, Melton fellow

Great photography is about depth of feeling, not depth of field. – Peter Adams

Focus on quality and develop your own voice, money will come later. - Abhinav Bansal, ICA Gallery

The plan is to win. There’s no substitute. - Mohammad Azharuddin

Your size doesn’t matter but your confidence does. - Rashi Menda, Zapyle

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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