‘Startups are the truest passion projects’ – Top 50 quotes of 2018 from Indian entrepreneur journeys


From a wide range of entrepreneurship articles in YourStory, SocialStory, HerStory, SMBstory and YS Weekender, we present you 50 inspiring quotes of 2018.

From ideation to implementation, the changemakers in this compilation have memorable words for us all. In addition to inspiration and motivation, they provide hard-earned lessons about dealing with failure, forming teams, and scaling a company.

Share these quotes with your colleagues and networks, and check back to the original articles for more insights. We hope these quotes inspire you as well to do your bit (and more!) to make India and the world a better place.

See also our pick of the Top 10 Books of 2018 for Entrepreneurs, and our book review section with insights from 175 titles on innovation, creativity, entrepreneurship, leadership and digital transformation.

Make it a habit to check out our weekly feature StoryBites, featuring notable quotable quotes in our articles of each past week. 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).

YourStory wishes our readers all the very best for the holiday season, and a year of successes and progress ahead in 2019!

Startups are the truest passion projects. - Vinay Kanchan, ‘The Madness Starts at 9’

There is no age bar for dreams. - Sajna Ali, Appooppanthaadi

To make an impact, you must produce something that is compelling, unique and simple. - Murali Santhanam, Vismaya

Vision without action is a daydream. - Karthik Shankar, Sotally Tober

Great vision without great people is irrelevant. - Jaimin Shah, DEV IT

Everyone has ideas but only few can execute these ideas. - Rohan Khaunte, Goa Minister of IT

Don’t tell people your dreams, show them. - Vivek Prabhakar, Chumbak

A good idea must have legs. Else it remains an idea. - Georgina Fernandez, Five & Two Fine Foods

In the word entrepreneurship - E is for empathy. - Shikha Uberoi, Indi.com

You have to go out there, explore and find that something that gives you that spark. - Zuni Chopra

Making a start is the most vital part. - Amala Sengupta, Acanthus Design

Having a brilliant idea is different from making that idea a business success. - Sanjay Jangid, Open Innovations Lab

A creative career can be tough, but nothing can stop you if you have the passion. – Mallika Prakash, Moto-Art 2018

Never underestimate the power of creativity that people develop in scarcity. - Augusto Pellarini, Deutsche Telekom

Believe that you can do it, and you're 90 percent there. - S Ramya Arun, Spur One

The greatest asset is a strong mind. - PV Sindhu

If you love something, it can’t cause you stress. - Divyank Turakhia, Media.net

Entrepreneurship depends not just on your ability but also on your appetite. - Sahil Vaidya, The Minimalist

Entrepreneurship is akin to riding a dragon. - Yatin Hans, Bigsmall.in

Once the elephant walks on a path, that road will be changed forever. - Sathya Raghu, Kheyti

Look at the market opportunity before you dive in with your idea. - Manas Gupta, Grofers

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

Strike too early or too late, and you risk striking out. - Shalini Prakash, 500Startups

You should try and fail, but not fail to try. - Vinod Khosla, Khosla Ventures

Every failure pushes you to work harder towards success. - Priti Rathi Gupta, Ishka Films

Success is more fun after having failed before! - Harsha Kumar, Lightspeed India Partners Advisors

Love for scars and struggles is what ensures success. - Shipra Dawar, ePsyClinic

You have to become the jockey, not the horse. - Raghunandan G, TaxiForSure

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

When the right people come together at the right time for the right reason, amazing things happen. - Rishabh Kaul, Belong

To take up more than one can chew, to not delegate, is a sure-shot formula for burnout. - Neeru Sharma, Infibeam

In a great place to work, the culture becomes the CEO. - Prasenjit Bhattacharya, Great Place To Work India

Capital doesn’t give you an excuse to get away without having a model. - Vipul Parekh, BigBasket

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

Don't build features, go after big things. - Keerti Melkote, Aruba

Ambitions must be set higher after every level that is reached. - Mohandas Pai, Aarin Capital

Always strive to be the best version of yourself. - Rachel Goenka, Chocolate Spoon

Sometimes, it’s the pivoting that takes you closer to your purpose. - Marcus Ranney

Regrets are like a reverse gear in life! - Veena Ashiya, Monrow Shoes

Pain is temporary but pride is forever. - Lizzie Chapman, ZestMoney

India is one of the most attractive retail markets in the world, given its size and growth rate. - Doug McMillon, Walmart

We are not the back office for the world, dammit! We are THE office of the world. - Vijay Shekhar Sharma, Paytm

Biryani is the new pizza. - Vishal Jindal, Sky Gate Hospitality

Design enriches innovation and builds powerful brand experiences. - Kevin Gilboe, 3M Asia Pacific

The biggest impediment for a startup is to move from gut-based decision making to making decisions based on data. - Mukesh Sharma, Menterra Ventures

We are not humans anymore, we are cyborgs. - Raghava KK, artist

Geeks are taking over the world. If they haven’t already. - Priyanka Chopra

You need to innovate till you die or your company does. - Nandini Vaidyanathan, 'Entrepedia'

The entrepreneurial mindset is universal. - Dillon Dakota Carroll, Levate

Volunteering is one of the strongest expressions of a true shared economy. - Abhishek Humbad, Goodera

There is no better feeling than actually changing people's lives. - Kunal Chhajed, CM Fellow


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