‘Irrespective of one’s age, the learning must never stop’ – 40 quotes from Indian startup journeys

17th Sep 2018
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From learning to leadership, 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 September 10-16 with your colleagues and networks, and check back to the original articles for more insights.

No one can guarantee that every single innovation is going to be successful. - Daniel Zhang, AliBaba

A thriving supportive community is essential to startup growth. - Achal Agrawal, SmileBots

Money does not solve all your problems. With raising money comes responsibility. - Vivek Prabhakar, Chumbak

Tell your story truly. Be truthful to not only your partners, but to everyone who is associated with your business. - Ameet Chaudhary, eLaundry

There is nothing linear about innovation. It can happen anytime, anywhere. It happens when people explore and experiment with new concepts in their free time. - Himanshu Varshney, HashedIn Technologies

Take a chance with organizations which offer you a great learning experience, rather than merely the highest salary. - Tarun Pasricha, SPJSGM

The work-from-home trend is in full swing today, and if it continues (without online scams), the welfare of our country, the world, and the environment at large is certain. - Safaque Kagdi Afzal, Pressmate PR

More than ever, company culture matters to attract, retain, and develop talent. Unfortunately, many of India’s largest homegrown companies lack a positive culture. - Stefanie Bauer, ANDE India

With the meteoric rise in the number of startups vying for investment today, authenticity has become a key consideration point for investors. - Limesh Parekh, Enjay IT Solutions

The ability to allocate and reallocate workloads is the key for every business. - Manish Gupta, Dell EMC

The explorers are looking at creating experiences, while the watchers are looking at digital transformation from an efficiency bucket. - UB Pravin Rao, Infosys

Besides building a team, startups also need to have a board of advisors to have that traction in the market. - Samir Kumar, Inventus (India) Advisors

Leaders should own the evolution process, ensuring the entire organization falls in line to manufacture a singular product – customer experience. - Aveejeet Palit, Moonraft Innovations Lab

A third-party and independent review of the cyber risks that focuses on five essential aspects of assessment, prevention, preparation, response/mitigation, and remediation holds the key to how resilient a firm is. - Anup Dhingra, FINPRO

Frontier technologies like AR and VR have created extensive gaming communities that are able to connect our digital and human worlds. - Utsav Somani, AngelList

The use of insects as platforms for small robots has an incredible number of useful applications - from search and rescue to national defence. - Abhishek Dutta, University of Connecticut

AI can augment human intelligence to create an efficient and better world. - Vihan Sanyal, Mind Factory

Every business should have AI-first vision. - Mohit Kumar, Flipkart

The challenge today is that the Blockchain world is divided into sceptics and fanatics. It would help if both sides listen to each other a little bit more carefully. - Praphul Chandra, KoineArth

Indians are among the top mobile downloaders in the world for Netflix content. - Michael Spiegelman, Netflix

Taking a loan remains a deeply undemocratic experience in India. - Ranvir Singh, Kissht

Almost everyone lives to take care of themselves and their families. What happens to those who cannot take care of themselves and have no one to turn to for help? - Subhash Kadam

China has emerged as an important market and a major box office earner for Indian films in recent years. - Rishika Lulla Singh, Eros Digital

The RBI’s decision to recognise and regulate the P2P lending industry has given a much-needed push to the cause of financial inclusion in the Indian economy. - Surendra Kumar Jalan, OHMY Technologies

Giving loans only to large companies can be detrimental for a lender’s loan book as it concentrates the risk. - Ashok Mittal, Prest Loans

E-commerce companies should not be required to register at multiple locations only to fulfil the condition of collecting tax at source and depositing with government. - Anita Rastogi, PwC

People have no one-point contact to find information about job availability in rural India. - Vinod Padney, Rozgar Dhaba

Consumption maps are becoming important because of a significant shift in consumer diet over the last couple of decades. - Hemendra Mathur, Bharat Innovation Fund

Adopting rooftop solar technology is about more than just savings. The fact that it helps in reducing the carbon footprint is something that is truly motivating as a cause. - Nemish Shah, Arihant Darshan Society

With crop diversification farmers not only reduce their chances of losses due to climatic aberrations, but also increase their profit margin. - Pallab Kumar Sarma, AICRPDA

The youth should be motivated to use technology to make agri-business grow. There is lack of knowledge sharing here. - KS Ashok Kumar, Maa Integrators

The transition to a new, clean energy world will be enabled through digital technologies. - Girish Nadkarni, Total Energy Ventures

Employees become more productive, more creative thinking because of the diversity. - Sridhar Varadharaj, Zago

Working professionals often cannot avail of courses at top educational institutes as they have busy schedules. - Mohan Lakhamraju, Great Learning

Kids are naturally curious, giving them a little encouragement and structured mentoring along with a toolkit can open up their creative freedom and confidence to innovate. - Sandeep Senan, BiBox

Online course providers need to make it easy to create buy-in from the family for the student to invest in the online course. - Priyanka Agarwal, Connect2Teach.com

Tech-enabled analysis of students’ learning graphs with a blend of teaching assistance can do wonders in uplifting the student success outcomes. - Anjli Jain, EVC Ventures

A simple question you can ask yourself every morning when you get out of bed is what your attitude will be on that day. - Adam Gilchrist

Try and make at least one person happy every day. - Subodh Sankar, Atta Galatta

Success comes from creativity and finding the right vibes. - Mayur Shah, Focus Art Gallery

Collaboration is a way of learning new things, and making new friends. - Mahesh Raghvan

Irrespective of one’s age, the learning must never stop. - Sharanbasvaraj Bisarahalli

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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