‘Entrepreneurs are like the trunk of a tree’ – 45 quotes from Indian startup journeys

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

29th 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 45 gems and insights from the week of April 22-28 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

If we don’t have a vision that’s big, and tackles a real problem with a unique solution, people will not care. - Kevin Nguyen, Uiza

Just because something works doesn’t mean it cannot be improved. – Shuri

Investors are always looking for great founders and startups no matter where they are from. - Alok Goyal, Stellaris Venture Partners

India needs as many intrapreneurs as entrepreneurs. - Anil Rao, WeSchool

Startup trajectories can lead to wild success or failures, but for the vast majority, the future lies in the uninteresting middle. - Shripati Acharya, Prime Venture Partners

Think big. Start small. Relentlessly seek impact. – Ann Mei Chang, ‘Lean Impact’

The quicker you can illustrate how your pitch stands to be a win-win deal for your prospect, the better. - Ryan Robinson

Entrepreneurs are like the trunk of a tree, which gives fruits to those who want, shade to the passers by, and holds the branches and leaves together so that the tree can thrive and grow. - Bhavin Turakhia, Flock

With the future heading towards more eco-friendly modes of transport, cycle and EV logistics will be the next game changer in foodtech. - Srivats TS, Swiggy

Over the next decade, as the presence of solar electricity increases, every house can become a charging station. - Maxson Lewis, Magenta Power

Corporates are quickly adopting renewables sourcing at scale to achieve the twin benefits of profit improvement and carbon footprint reduction. - Kuldeep Jain, CleanMax Solar

A new ethical mode of morality will be required over the next 10 years. Look at connected cars; they will require new laws. - Atul Jalan, Manthan

As more data is unearthed, interpretations change. Thus our knowledge expands and we make our journey towards infinite knowledge. - Devdutt Pattanaik

A company is much more than a set of features or products, it is a way of building and solving problems. - Farid Ahshan, ShareChat

As fonts also speak for your brand, typography is an element that needs your attention as well. - Harnish Shah, 3 minds digital

A brand should never sell its products on discount. - Kewalchand Jain, KKCL

As soon as you have a fixed business model, you are destined for death. – Vijay Shekhar Sharma, Paytm

When it comes to money, it isn’t enough just to have it. Being able to access it, manage it smartly, and spend it wisely are equally important. -

Adhil Shetty, BankBazaar.com

Traffic sense is one of the topics which should be taught very early on in one’s life. - Rishab Anand, Rise Up

The best way to establish better partnerships between government, industry, and universities is to define and organise common challenges in competitions. - Thorsten Rudolph, AZO

India is among the 'first world' as far as investment in startups is concerned. - Vijay Shekhar Sharma, Paytm

The standard of life is rising everywhere in India, so why not for students? They are ready to pay if there is value for money. - Yogesh Mehra, TribeStays

The future of retail is entertainment. The experience economy we see today is the start of that era. - Ashwini Asokan, Vue.ai

Yet another major problem solved by collaborative consumption is the consumers’ access to certain goods or services, which were otherwise unaffordable. - Sudeep Singh, GoWork

In the digitalised world, cybercrime and digital threats are unfortunately an increasing challenge for many organisations and individuals. - Mats Boström, Zacco Group

Today, the security of IoT applications is one of the issues causing most concern and is one of the biggest barriers to IoT adoption. - Alistair Elliott, Pod Solutions

People are vulnerable and we have seen that a third of the people on social media believe bot-infused information. - Rohit Maheshwari, Subex

Skill-based competitive casual games are highly engaging social experiences. - Miten Sampat, Times Internet

Customers have to wait until a launch vehicle is going where they want to go. There are no dedicated launch vehicles for these small satellites. - Srinath Ravichandran, Agnikul Cosmos

Startups doing door-delivery of services, be it an online restaurant or a ecommerce store, could actually apply clustering algorithms to bring in efficiency into their delivery process. – Vinodh Kumar, Belong.co

According to two different studies, doubt clearance and homework help are the biggest student needs and 62 percent of Indian parents spend 12 hours per week on that. - Tanushree Nagori, DoubtNut

Digital affordability solutions are witnessing unprecedented growth in India. - Lizzie Chapman, ZestMoney

Our sameness must lie in our common humanity and our ability to have a joyful acceptance of each other’s differences. - Devika Malik, Wheeling Happiness Foundation

India requires to build its own kind of NASDAQ. - Siddarth Pai, 3one4 Capital

MSMEs play a crucial role in the economic and social development of the country. - Amit Mande, RattanIndia Finance

Many fintech companies are now offering innovative solutions which tap into cash flow data of a firm for making credit extension decisions. - Arun Singh, Dun & Bradstreet India

People want to take a break from their busy hectic city lives and relax amid nature along with proper village stay experience in traditional tribal houses. - Prakash Gupta, Harisal Tourism

If we continue to poison our air, sky, land, and water - we will become sicker and die younger. - Prakash Belawadi, Avani

We cannot speak a transactional business language when it comes to mental health, because if we do, we are not addressing the true purpose of helping people. - Kanika Agarwal, Passion Peers

It is in the journeys between the famous destinations that we find the true culture of the country and are able to immerse ourselves in it. - Amol Parashar

The community you design with are the experts, they can tell you more about the problem (as well as the solution) better than anyone else. - Ishita Jain, Autodesk Foundation

It is okay to go to Ladakh hoping to photograph a snow leopard, but there is beauty also in the ant or squirrel. – Giridhar Khasnis

The basic difference between male and female comedians is that women are far more personal with their comedy. - Anuradha Menon

If you have imagination, give it wings. - Asish Kumar Das, bronze sculptor

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).

Also read: The Top 10 Books of 2018 for Entrepreneurs

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