‘Dexterity is in your mind, not just in your fingers’ – 50 quotes from Indian startup journeys
From determination to dexterity, witness the memorable journey of Indian entrepreneurship in these quotes, excerpts and stories!
Launched in 2014, 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 January 14-20 with your colleagues and networks, and check back to the original articles for more insights. See also our compilation of Top 50 Quotes from 2018 here.
Your time is best spent and you have the biggest chance for success if you have just a few products or one product to concentrate on. – George Mathew, Seekdefo
A self-driven, talented, and focused team can be your best asset. - Manisha Raisinghani, LogiNext
As an entrepreneur, hiring, nurturing and retaining talent is as important as building a business. - Deepak Sahni, Healthians
As the organisation matures and the leadership team matures, culture not only defines vision but ensures that the vision itself is aligned to the org culture both in articulation and execution. - Nandini Vaidyanathan, 'Entrepedia'
We all have a sphere of influence. It can be large if one is a public figure, but its power cannot be underestimated even if it is small enough to impact a few. - Vidya Shah, EdelGive Foundation
Angel investors who support innovation by making risky investments are incentivised in many countries but here in India they feel harassed. - iSPIRT, LocalCircles
The requirement of an investor having a returned income of at least Rs 50 lakh or a net worth of at least Rs 2 crore may, in many cases, be too big an ask for the friends-and-family round of angel investment and for small-budget investors. - Alok Patnia, Taxmantra
The next wave of innovation for India is being driven by the tech intensity of companies - how you combine rapid adoption of cutting edge tech with your company's own distinctive tech and business capabilities. - Anant Maheshwari, Microsoft India
The Indian education system lacks the force to utilise talent for solving real world problems. - Parag Gore, Box of Science
Indian users are educated and use various apps to avail different services. However, awareness of financial products continues to be low. - Upasana Taku, MobiKwik
Patented medicines always have a demand in the market. - Arpan Debasis, Medicento
As we enter 2019, more and more Indians are expected to consider the option of giving their homes a smart twist by embracing modern technology. - Pulak Satish Kumar, Puresight Systems
Agriculture is evolving, with one boot firmly planted in the mud and one hand holding a mobile phone. The farmer is indeed at the epicentre of a digital agriculture revolution. - Manav Garg, Eka Software Solutions
The beer market in India is at a very nascent stage but has the potential to make it big. The craft beer market is going to grow bigger. - Prabhtej Singh Bhatia, Simba Brewery
The scale of digital transformation this country presents is tremendous and the Indian SME sector is well poised to take advantage of it. - S Balasubramanian, VMware India
Today, online jewellery sales are less than one percent of the total sales; in developed markets it is more than five percent. But that is changing now. - Rebekkah Kumar, FourSeven
Thanks to telcos, everybody understands the pre-paid concept now. - Lathika Regunathan, Mimo Technologies
The long-term solution is to ensure appropriate nutrition standards in the country through nutrition-rich food as well as the right interventions through education, sanitation, poverty alleviation, health. – T Madhusudhan Rao, Tata Trusts
Parents are not discerning. They look at schools in terms of infrastructure, computers and English speaking, not in terms of learning. - Ragini Bajaj Chaudhary, Gray Matters Capital
The year 2018 was the year of the Instagrammer and the Social media traveller. Everyone with an Instagram account and a reasonable phone was an ‘influencer’. - Rishabh Manot, Questerra
In a fast growing mobile-first world, travellers expect airlines to adopt new technology and consumer experiences across pre and post-booking. - Rajnish Kumar, ixigo
We are poised to grow from auto-rickshaws to air rickshaws. - Jayant Sinha, Minister of State for Civil Aviation
Unlike the western world, little focus is given towards a traveller’s experience at a heritage site in India. - Pankaj Manchanda, Augtraveler
Equipped with engaging content and seamless incorporation of advertisements, podcasts offer the nostalgia of radio with an enriched listening experience. - Gautam Raj Anand, Hubhopper
If the last century was about democratisation of consumption, this century is going to be about democratisation of creation. - Surya Vanka, Pune Design Festival
From healthcare to real estate, public transport or F&B, not a single industry has been left untouched by the ecommerce magic wand. – Ankit Garg, Wakefit.co
Braille books come without diagrams, and everything is dependent on the effort of the teacher. - Piyush Channana, Raised Lines foundation
Voice recognition and IoT have altered business and buyer expectations. - Vikash Kumar, Tatvasoft.com
A voice-based bot powered by artificial intelligence could help facilitate access to government services, such as utility bill payments, provident fund balance and income tax filings. - Virender Jeet, Newgen Software
When chatbots first came, there was a lot of hype. Everyone thought they were building the next Jarvis and the world would be AI-powered. But that didn’t happen. - Aakrit Vaish, Haptik
Users want to have conversations even if it’s with the internet. And a conversation that happens in regular language instead of codified commands makes for a much better experience. - Mihir Mohan, Pitstop
Despite the fact that 95 percent of the workforce and 90 percent of construction costs reside on the project site, almost all existing enterprise applications for construction cater to the office environment. - Roby Kurien, QwikSpec
With the enactment of Biometrics technology, the digital financial transaction system can be cast to become more secure, trusted, user-friendly, affordable, stable and advanced. - Rutva Safi, Mantra Softech India
Online SaaS startups can market to, acquire, onboard, and service a larger number of customers with fewer resources than offline SaaS startups. This makes online SaaS a more scalable approach. - Adam Walker, Montane Ventures
The future of technology is not merely a matter of manipulating what is known in the world of science into new kinds of products. - David Hanson
There’s content out there with an intentionally wrong motive, technically labelled as disinformation as well as misinformation, which is just wrong content. - Vasudeva Varma, IIIT-Hyderabad
Design is niche, yet it is increasingly seen as a game changer. Design education, design-led creative manufacturing, and design-led startups are the top three opportunities for designers in India. - Ashish Deshpande, ADI
Design is a network builder, driver of collaborative creativity, and voice of the company to the customer. - Kevin Gilboe, 3M
Great UX can be that distinguishing factor that ensures that an organisation’s product or service isn’t lost to competition. - Sharan Grandigae, Redd Experience Design
The key is not just selling, but also delivering on exceptional customer experience. - Suresh Sambandam, KiSSFLOW
It’s not about solving problems anymore — it’s about delivering value. - Everett McKay, 'Intuitive Design'
In life, the only guarantees are death and taxes. For everything else, there’s indemnity. - Siddarth Pai, 3one4 Capital
People love to root for the underdog. - Ishan Goel
To bootstrap and build for the long term without any external funding requires a lot of patience and sacrifice in the early years. - Vijay Ram Kumar, Automatad
It very difficult to be disciplined when you are working on your own. - Rahul Dua
Explore your passion before you dive into it fulltime. – Ruby Jhunjhunwala, artist
Whether it is Kashmir or Kanyakumari, music is beyond language. - Yawar Abdal
Coworking spaces will incorporate more elements of nature to create a beautiful work haven. They will work towards helping workers relax to enhance productivity. - Neetish Sarda, Smartworks
We have to realise that we are interdependent and we are much more dependent upon the ecological balance that has given rise to the flourishing of civilisation. - Al Gore, 'An Inconvenient Truth'
We have to move towards greater global cooperation. International trade only brings countries closer. - Sudeep Malhotra, AIESEC
Life is all the about the choices you make when opportunities arise. - Vivek Mehta, MAS Brands
Happiness comes from a sense of fulfillment and authentic expression of yourself. Listen to your inner voice, it will open up a new world for you. - Anubha Jaswal, ceramic artist
Dexterity is in your mind, not just in your fingers. - Gautam Karajgi, Anandwan
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