‘Taking support is not a sign of failure’ – 65 quotes from Indian startup journeys

From support to success, witness the memorable journey of Indian entrepreneurship in these quotes, excerpts, and stories.

13th May 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 65 gems and insights from the week of May 6-12 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.


Storytelling adds value to the user experience and involves both visual storytelling, verbal, and written narratives. - Ishita Jain, Autodesk Foundation


Getting early customer insights is non-negotiable. - Nirupa Rao, Villgro


Ask any growing brand, and they will agree that a great word-of-mouth recommendation is invaluable, which cannot be possibly matched by any amount of marketing and advertising. - Pallavi Utagi, Superbottoms


The consumer can ask a founder and the business to delete all the data. If not, there can be legal recourse taken. - Sharda Balaji, Novojuris Legal


The underlying story for success is the clear identification of the pain point or need, and the convergence of all stakeholders in curating the solution. - V Ramanathan, mentor


Public relations is one of the most potent tools that can help businesses organically garner market credibility and increase consumer mindshare. - Aakriti Bhargava, Wizikey


To be successful, every idea needed the right product, and the right marketing and after-sales service. - Atish Laddad, Docterz


Users are now looking for a more interactive, social, and instant form of engagement on their mobile phones. - Abhinay Jain, Bakbuck


A gender diverse board better represents the company and helps bring in a diverse range of opinions. - Antony Alex, Rainmaker


Technology acts as the bridge to get out of the “motherhood bubble." - Shravani Prakash, elleNomics


Being meek and soft-spoken is no indicator of lack of talent and skill. - Apurva Purohit, Jagran Group


Motherhood has a very humanising effect. Everything gets reduced to essentials. - Meryl Streep


Together we win: chin up princess or else the crown falls. - Mother of Himani Mishra, Brand Radiator


The road to motherhood need not be paved with penalties. - Sonica Aron, Marching

Sheep


Taking support is not a sign of failure. - Tejas Parulekar, SaffronStays


Leveraging the fast-evolving trade, infrastructure, technology, and human resources can make warehousing the backbone of logistics and modern trade in India. - Aditya Vazirani, Robinson Global Logistics Solutions


In personal mobility, there is a shift from ownership. That will not move towards the taxi industry but more towards self-drive or rental. - Greg Moran, ZoomCar


eSports is becoming a mass market phenomenon in India. - Mukta Apahale, Crevise Technologies


Guided counselling services is scarce in India and only two to three percent students have access to this data currently. - Amit Jain, Founder GirnarSoft


India does not have a mainstream education product solving the employability problem. - Ashish Munjal, Sunstone Eduversity


The wave of internet penetration and smartphone access has opened up opportunities for tutor-led, tech-enabled learning and the market is ready to be disrupted by data-driven remediation. - Mukul Rustagi, Classplus


India imports 80 percent of its oil needs and aims to bring it down to 67 percent by 2022 by replacing it with local exploration, renewable energy, and alternative forms of fuel. - Shiva Vig, BioD Energy


While there are many brands catering to adults, there are very limited choices for baby and child mattresses. - Shruti Malani, Beddy


India is changing and it’s changing so rapidly. The internet, although in its infancy here, is taking away barriers between us all and making us equal. - Puneet Kumar, Nexus Venture Partners


Neighbourhood grocery stores are at the centre of India’s retail story and represent a vast market. - Rakesh Singh, HDFC Bank


India is at this very interesting crossroads where fashion consumption with ecommerce has skyrocketed and the consumption appetite has increased voraciously. - Nancy Bhasin, This For That


Fortune favours the bold. But, India favours the patient. - Bert Mueller, California Burrito


UPI has now made its way to steal the market share from net banking from being just a wallet killer. - Harshil Mathur, Razorpay


A dysfunctional credit market means SMEs are borrowing informally at 30 percent interest. This represents an unparalleled opportunity for financial institutions to lend to them far more competitively. - Nadia Sood, CreditEnable


Only few products make it to the masses and many good products are restricted to the elite with more money and access to better advice. - Mukesh Kalra, Moneysights


Cloud is not a destination; it’s an operating model. - Jeff Clarke, Dell


Organisations across the globe are increasingly adopting IoT and Machine Learning solutions to improve their supply chains and operations. - Adarsh Kumar, CEO of TagBox


IoT is not about one huge monolith; it’s about getting the whole ecosystem going. It is not possible for any one company to deliver everything end-to-end. - VS Sridhar, Tata Communications


Though still a work-in-progress, AI is helping weed out fake from real news and customise newsfeeds. - Umang Bedi, Dailyhunt


The only way to survive in a world of Machine Learning is good old “human learning”. - Vinodh Kumar, Belong.co


AI is at a nascent stage when it comes to the value it can have for the social impact sector. - Jacquelline Fuller, Google.org


The Fourth Industrial Revolution has the unique characteristic of blurring the lines between humans and machines, with technology working side by side, and in many cases becoming embedded within societies and the human body. - Sumeet Swarup, NASSCOM


Scaling up education only happens digitally. - Raghav Gupta, Coursera


Data generation has been modernised, but data analysis is lagging. - Abhishek Jha, Polly


As computing becomes embedded in every aspect of our lives, the choices developers make will define the world we live in. - Satya Nadella, Microsoft


Blockchain offers considerable opportunities to automate and incentivise a trust-based supply chain financing and could go a long way in radicalising the way supply chains function. - Prashant Shah, Vegavid Technology


Retailers want technology to tell them what they need to stock up on, and not what they don’t have to stock up on. - Amit Sharma, ShopX


We’ve reached the era of services and content, and moved far away from utility-based apps leading the market. - Paul Barnes, App Annie


IPR cements the integrity of brands and is at the heart of a modern economy. - Dinesh Jotwani, Supreme Court Advocate


To the families using the internet through a shared device, privacy might mean privacy from one another. - Sundar Pichai, Google


Tools are no use if you don't use them. - UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres


In the Gulf, fintech startups are expected to attract $2 billion in private funding over the next 10 years. - Khalid Al Rumaihi, Bahrain Economic Development Board


Startups that graduate from accelerator programmes increase their chances of funding by 3x. - Ajeya Motaganahalli, Senior Director and Leader, NetApp


Investors don’t drive the market. They invest based on where the market is and how the market acts. - Manish Singhal, Pi Ventures


It is time for a better kind of capitalism. - Andrew Kuper, LeapFrog Investments


There has been an increasing demand for industrial water but there has always been a lack of finding innovative methods of recharging the used water. - Ankit Magan,

Retas


The blind deserve the same quality of life as that of a sighted person and have the right to participate equally in the society. - RN Mohanty, Sightsavers India


We do not need sympathy, but empathy. The narrative of disability needs to be changed, the language needs to be changed. - Divyanshu Ganatra, India's first blind solo paraglider


Performance of healthcare organisations across functional areas is a concern and is limiting their growth and service delivery. - Vikram Anand, CapBuild


Consumers want to know how many artificial ingredients products contain, and what is the contribution of various ingredients towards their daily nutritional requirements. - Dipti Motiani, Second Nature


In order to create a corpus of wealth that will actually give you inflation-beating returns, taking some risk is inevitable. - Hena Mehta, Basis


Misery is just a state of mind. - Beas Dev Ralhan, Next Education India


Excitement is the bottom line, first and foremost. - Vinay Pathak


Making a connection between patterns and finishing a work of art is itself an act of success. - Satish Pujari, Technicolor


Fashion is not what you wear, fashion is how you wear what you wear. - Neeraj Gaba, Next Top Model


We have many folk art traditions going back to over a thousand years, and constitute our precious heritage. We have to show that we value our culture and our roots. - Vinay Prashant, Tamaala Gallery


When nature touches us, we enter the world of peace even though we found ourselves surrounded by challenges and worries. - Sampa Das


Everyone wants to do something rewarding. But when it comes to execution; 80 percent quit and out of the 20 percent who try, around 18 percent fail. - Rama Pandey, Infinite Mobility


If you’ve been blessed, be a blessing. - Bill Campbell, coach


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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