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‘Be the change the world needs’ – 50 quotes from Indian startup journeys

From passion to purpose, witness the memorable journey of Indian entrepreneurship in these quotes, excerpts and stories!

Madanmohan Rao
1st Apr 2019
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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 March 25-31 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.


Storybites - quotes compilation

Money matters, but in the end, what we regret the most is the time we waste. - Vijay Shekhar Sharma, Paytm


There is no formula for success. You are the master of your own journey, and everyone's journey will be different from the others. - Pallavi Singh, 'Haircut Museum'


Everyone has their own timeline, with some taking longer than others, and that’s okay. - Shivangi Lahoty, Inaaya & Co.


The biggest challenge while starting up is to find like-minded people who believe in the vision, share it and make it their own. - Yashwanth Madhusudan, Fyle


This decade will be shaped by companies who can transform business processes with new technology and provide a differentiated experience. - Scott Shleifer, Tiger Global Management


Crowd-based startups are now challenging many successful incumbent companies at their activities. - Andrew McAfee and Erik Brynjolfsson, 'Machine, Platform, Crowd'


The first major advantage of OTT platforms is that your work reaches a wide audience. Secondly, such platforms are an advantage for writers more than for actors. - Arjun Mathur, 'Made In Heaven'


The idea of science and engineering is to help mankind. - Vimal Govind MK, Genrobotics


Accessing the gig economy facilitates better management to solve issues related to unexpected turnover and no shows. - Anju Kanodia, Wakency


The employment market is in a jam because of the lack of ability to take a quick decision. - Deepak Agrawal, TurboHire


Research shows that 80 percent of the people dump their activity trackers within a few weeks of use. - Aayushi Jagasia, Boltt Coin


Growing audience autonomy begs the question whether exposure is the correct measure or other dimensions such as engagement or purchase consideration should be accounted for. - Partho Dasgupta, BARC India


The opportunity for software to disrupt the IoT industry in real estate and building management is just about beginning to be a global opportunity. - Prabhu Ramachandran, Facilio


Ideally, individuals should not rely on passwords to secure their accounts, as they can easily be hacked and fall into the wrong hands. - Robin Tombs, Yoti


The co-living market in India currently stands at $93 billion. And millennials, comprising 30 percent of the country’s population, are driving this change. Co-living is the future. - Viral Chhajer, StayAbode


Student accommodation in India is a challenge. Currently, most follow a PG format or are available on campus. - Annu Talreja, OxfordCaps


Indian fintech offers a lot of opportunity in every vertical. - Rohit Garg, SmartCoin


The total number of bank accounts in India has reached about 1.57 billion; about 80 percent of the population has bank accounts. - Gayathri Parthasarthy, KPMG


Only software and aggregation of farms can make Indian agriculture efficient again. - Ben Raja, FarmAgain


Given India's huge population and the nearly 20 million additional people who will have access to fundamental healthcare as part of the Ayushman Bharat Yojana, startups have to leverage the power of technology to scale up. - Apoorv Ranjan Sharma, Venture Catalysts


Close to 40 percent of the world’s population suffers from one or more chronic illnesses. One in every five Indian is at risk. - Aadil Shah, AADAR


The men’s innerwear industry in India has not seen any innovation in the past many years. - Yogesh Kabra, XYXX


IIT Hyderabad's decision to start a BTech programme in AI is a step in the direction to address the urgent needs of the country in this space. - Sumohana S. Channappayya, IIT Hyderabad


Women are the primary purchase decision makers in most Indian households. - Gaurav Aggarwal, Healofy


Vernacular content is the future. - Hitarth Sheth, Gujju Student


Voice-based technology has become a game-changer. - Preksha Kaparwan, Alphaa.ai


With every wildlife rescue, we step an inch closer towards its conservation. As humans, when our instincts to kill an animal in fear changes to saving the animal in distress, we learn how to coexist. - Pawan Sharma, RAWW


Today, even farmers search for solar water pumps online. - Srinivas Potukuchi, Glowship


Art is something with which you can interact and engage. It can completely change the way you react to things. - Devanshi Rungta, Art Rickshaw


If you can maintain your artistic fidelity and rigour, your work will be recognised despite the ebbs and flows of fickle trends. - Shubigi Rao


Under all circumstances and in all weather, originality needs to be accentuated. - Ravi Kumar, AdLift


When it comes to our financial goals, do we spare even a weekend thinking about what we want to achieve, when we want to achieve it, and how do we plan to go about it? - Ashwini Patil, Customer Success


Investors like frugal founders and capital-efficient businesses, but love founders who know where to spend the money. - Sanjay Swamy, Prime Venture Partners


It is important to bring in localisation and differentiation. What is important is to look at each market differently. - Ritesh Agarwal, OYO


Business acumen is irreplaceable when it comes to understanding the client’s mindset, which if done properly, makes the process of preparing a pitch much easier. - Heeta Parikh, Silver Spun Brand Solutions


The biggest struggle up and coming brands have is not collecting payments - it's being discovered and finding new customers. - Suchita Salwan, Little Black Book


People often isolate themselves and the loneliness makes their condition worse. - Neerja Birla, Mpower


We are running a rat race to the future without being mindful. - Dr Nappinai Seran


As long as you follow your passion, recognise your niche, take criticism constructively, and connect with your viewers, you're set. - Kabita Singh, Kabita’s Kitchen


Smart people can live happy, but wise people can live longer because they know what to give up. - Jack Ma, Alibaba


Once you know what is priority and what matters it should have all your attention and energy. - Geetha Panda, DXC Technology


It’s a whole gamut of things that we need to rectify - from people making snide remarks at trans people to people assaulting them. - Anirudh, Solidarity Foundation


Martial arts, especially taekwondo, can boost energy levels and build self-esteem. These traits are very significant for children who grow up in slums since they are shackled by both people and resources. - Jaydeep Kadam


Grading should not be about problem solving and mugging up for exams. Emphasis should be on understanding concepts, not full attendance in course work. - Gurneet Kaur, Virgin Hyperloop One


Disruption in the SMB space will be massive over the next one to two decades. - Alok Goyal, Stellaris Venture Partners


It takes 10 times the resources of land to create one kg of meat vs one kg of grain that can directly feed a human. - Nithya Ramakrishnan, Whitefield Rising


In the sleep industry, an overnight sale is not possible, all those who want to enter into this market must remember that it takes years to build a brand. - Nipun Gupta, Springfit


Change before customers start expecting a change is a challenge. - Aditya Mehta, White Castle Company


Be the change the world needs. - Rashi Agarwal, Pita Pit


Success and failure are just relative terms. Take failures in the same spirit as success. It is a part and parcel of growing every day, for every day is a challenge. - Shikha Suman, Medimojo


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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