'The harder you work, the luckier you get' - 45 quotes from Indian startup journeys


From passion to perseverance, 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 45 gems and insights from the week of October 8-14 with your colleagues and networks, and check back to the original articles for more insights. See also our compilation of quotes from India’s No.1 startup conference TechSparks 2018 here.

Grow real, grow slow. - Chamath Palihapitiya, Social Capital

You will get business because of a good product, and for the product to get inroads to customers, you also need a solid sales team. - Ketan Kapoor, Mettl

Happy customers stay loyal to you and talk about you to their peers. This word of mouth is the most effective (and monetarily the cheapest) marketing tool. - Limesh Parekh, Enjay IT Solutions

Persona creation is the crucial part and has to be done carefully; it is the base of your marketing efforts. - Pavan Belagatti

Group culture is one of the most powerful forces on the planet. - Daniel Coyle, 'The Culture Code'

Technology knows no boundary. - Mihir Mohan, PitStop

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

Any repeatable internal company process can be taken over by a chatbot, and allow leaders, managers, and employees to build an organisation that is future-ready. - Adit Jain, Leena.ai

AI is transformational. Instead of just saving costs, it can transform it from media to intelligent media. - Anup Gosavi, Spext

We need to consider AI not as machines, but as colleagues. - Sameer Dhanrajani, 'AI and Analytics'

The AI revolution is bringing better decisions in every industry, be it self-driving cars, ecommerce, music or watching videos online. - Pawan Gupta, Betterhalf.ai

A word is worth a thousand clicks. - Kumar Rangarajan, Slang Labs

The online business market is so huge that anyone can make a good living with the focused work. - Pardeep Goyal, StartupKarma

Managing digital business is easier than managing physical retail shops. However, if we start using technology in offline stores, both will be equally fun. - Sanjeev Bhatia, Bhatia’s Mobile

India’s financial data should also be classified as “Critical Personal Data” and must be brought under the scope of data localisation. - Paytm

Fintech is an area of immense potential for the UK and India. - Charles Bowman, Mayor of London

Unlike startups in other domain, Edtech is not an easy entry-exit model. - Ashwin Ajila, iNurture

The role of the modern teacher encompasses that of the mentor. - Neerja Birla, Aditya Birla Education Academy

Co-working space is an exciting segment to be in. - Mitesh Shah, Credence Family Office

Betting is the action of gambling money on the outcome of a race, game, or other unpredictable events and does not involve any skill or research, which is the primary premise of a fantasy sports game. - Harsh Jain, Dream11

Podcasts are set to penetrate more and more households, setting a new benchmark for India’s audio streaming industry. - Gautam Raj Anand, HubHopper

This past Sunday, we crossed over a million orders — our greatest delivery milestone so far. - Deepinder Goyal, Zomato

It is important to understand the medical field is advancing daily and the products that are in demand now will become obsolete in five to 10 years. - Ajit Rai Sabharwal, SML

People should understand that it is not the business of the Army to clean the garbage. - Madras Sappers (MEG)

The Gujarat State Government currently supports 184 startups and we aim to support up to 2,000 start-ups at the cost of 7,000 crore rupees by the year 2021. - Vijay Rupani, Gujarat Chief Minister

The power tools market, estimated at Rs 4,000 crore, is growing at seven percent and is projected to grow at a steady pace over the next 10 years - Dattaraya Joshi, Hitachi Koki India

As a country we need to learn to appreciate our regional cuisine more. We have a great history of food; we need to learn that history and pass it to our next generation. - Arun Tyagi, Trial Box

India's innovative spirit must fly, and young startups must drive innovation. - Amitabh Kant, NITI Aayog

The Indian ecosystem is fast evolving. India is reinventing itself at every level. - Sudhir Sethi, Chiratae Ventures

We must work together to put an end to genocide, hold accountable those who commit these crimes and achieve justice for the victims. - Nadia Murad, Nobel Peace Prize winner

The Asia-Pacific region alone has more than 70 million couples going through the challenges of infertility. This number is only expected to increase. - Ranjith Menon, Chiratae Ventures

Durga Puja is about social mingling and celebrations by all, including sex workers. - Debarjoon Kar, Ahiritola Jubakbrinda

Today, more than 98 million adolescent girls around the world are not in school. That’s a lot of empty desks - and a lot of dreams that are being cut short. - Obama Foundation

85 per cent of rural and 59 per cent of urban women workers are illiterate or literate only up to primary level. - ILO report

While pursuing higher studies was still encouraged, the idea of ‘working women’ was quite alien to my culture when I started off. - Anuradha Agarwal, Multibhashi

Employers are also recognising that productivity and engagement at work thrive when employees are mentally well. - Amit Malik, InnerHour

Mental health and wellbeing are by far one of the most neglected areas in our country. - Vihan Sanyal, Mind Factory

Healthy habits can be formed with the nudge, but the problem is the supply. – Ankit Nagori, Cure.Fit

It is so important to take a few days off from running the business on a micro-level and look at things from a wider perspective. - Amtosh Singh, PropShop24

Doodling enhances your communication skills. - Piyuesh Modi, PagePotato

Art is more than an artefact. It is culture, it is society, it is you and me. - Gurupada Chitrakar

Focus on progress but don’t forget preservation. - Ajaysingh Bhadoriya, ceramic artist

Being authentic is being vulnerable. - Sudhakar Reddy, Nirvedha Executive Coaching Solutions

The best of intentions at the end of a successful event are no match for the inertia that the participants face on Monday morning. - Brandon Klein and Dan Newman, 'Facilitating Collaboration'

As you step out of a comfort zone into new discomfort and get used to it, that discomfort becomes your new comfort zone. Keep testing your boundaries and you’ll find yourself getting closer and closer to your goals. - Marcus Ranney

The harder you work, the luckier you get. - AD Singh, Olive restaurants

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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