‘A creative becomes the most successful when it’s associated with a strategy’ – 45 quotes from Indian startup journeys

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

16th Sep 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 September 9-15 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.


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Even before starting up, one needs to have conversations in the market. - Amit Sharma, Narvar


One has to very pragmatic, not just an optimist. - Sanjeev Aggarwal, Fundamentum Partnership


It’s impossible to foresee everything at the beginning, but once you’re on the way, you see lots of opportunities that you didn’t see before. - Melanie Kovacs, Master21


Don’t lose trust in yourself. Keep going, and keep working hard. You’ll only struggle for some time, and then you will find success. - Chandana Rao, Heartists


Solid businesses are not built overnight. You have to keep trying new things, learn from mistakes and experiments, and move forward. - Varun Backliwal, Artisera


Entrepreneurs don’t retire. They have too much fun doing what they do to give up. - Alok Kejriwal, Games2Win


Eventually, the biggest disappointment might be not living up to your own potential. - Deep Malhotra, BeckFriends


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Large enterprises and financial institutions are under pressure from new-age business models, but they cannot do much because it is challenging to alter their core technology systems. - V Balakrishnan, Exfinity Venture Partners


Digital transformation has accelerated across industries and technology continues to spawn new businesses. - James LEE, Vertex Growth Fund


The exponential growth in IoT devices will mean that the traditional methods of managing networks are no longer going to scale. - Sanjeev Tyagi,  Ericsson R&D Bengaluru


OTT players are reaching new users by offering bundled services through telcos. - Uday Sodhi, SPN India


The power of the mobile handset and the connected ecosystem has enabled the creation of new tools to deliver value beyond the realm of only transactions. - Karthik Raghupathy,

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The global telco and digital media industry is changing rapidly and offers a significant growth opportunity. - Udai Dhawan, Affirma Capital


If we can ensure the reach of the internet to each and every person and make them digitally literate and empowered, then it will open a whole new world of opportunities for them. - Shubham Gupta, SBI Youth for India fellow


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If you have the business acumen for finance and app development, then fintech investment is the way forward. - Ritesh Jain, FlexiLoans


Everyone wants to reinvent themselves into providing mobility-as-a-service, which means a completely new business model. - Chetan Maini, Sun Mobility


Fashion trends, ideas, and inspirations are often derived from people rather than brands. - Ayush Shukla, Marsplay


Now, more than ever before, we need to be mindful of how we represent ourselves online. - Venkat Krishnapur, McAfee India


India is likely to evolve slower than what some investors, who believe India will go the China way, currently believe. - Jerry Li and Amit Sharma, eWTP


There are some business models that are not feasible in Korea but possible in India. - Minjung Kim, Smilegate


The business ecosystem in the Northeastern states is developing rapidly. - Parash Pratim Borthakur, OLatus


The economic slowdown will have a trickle down impact on startups. - Rutvik Doshi, Inventus (India) Advisors


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The continued strong growth of ecommerce has generated significant opportunities in India’s express logistics space for long-term investors. - Deborah Orida, Active Equities


After digital payments, the next big revolution in kirana is going to be ushered in conjunction with e-commerce. - Kalyan Krishnamurthy, Flipkart


It is important to note that most parking areas available in major metro cities are not public. - Ashwarya Pratap Singh, Drivezy


The experiential tourism industry is growing more than 100 percent year on year. Electric vehicles are the future of mobility. - T Venkat Vardhan, DNA Networks


There is a gap in demand for sports facilities among people of all age groups and supply of good quality facilities. - Shweta Singh, SRI Capital


The whole mechanism of searching and finalisation of apartments is very complex, disorganised, and tedious. - Deepanshu Sachdeva, Relocatte


The basic problem majority of parents struggle with is the lack of motivation and interest in kids towards studying. - Persainjit Singh, Extraclass


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By 2050, we will need 50 percent more crops to feed 10 billion people. - Ibrahim Thiaw, UNCCD


Water is a precious resource without which we cannot survive. Coming up with innovative alternatives to all water-based industrial processes should be a top priority of our age. - Harshit Rathore, Nocca Robotics


Autism is spreading like an epidemic, but the solution infrastructure is very weak. - Pratiksha Gupta, 1SpecialPlace


The most important part of planning your personal finances is to figure out your own goals and where you see yourself in the near and distant future. - Preetha Wali, Pay It Forward


The only easy day was yesterday. - Rachit Jain, Youth4Work


Inadaptability can prove to be fatal for survival. - Gagan Singla, AngelBroking


It is a belief in what you’re building that keeps you going. - Praneet Khare, AvidSecure


There is more to life than the market. – SA Vimalanathan, artist


Don't forget to smile and be good to others. - Katya Tosheva


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Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius, and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring. - Marilyn Monroe


Creating content does not always require you to spend a lot of money. It completely depends on how wisely you’re spending on every shoot! - Jannat Khan, @wishyouwerefashion


In a competitive scenario where leading brands capture most of the market size, one has to remain relevant. - Parimal Shah, MK Jokai Agri Plantations


What one needs to realise is that a brand must not only be built for the consumers, but also for the trade, for the retailers, for the vendors, and all stakeholders associated with it. - Vishal Shah, Storia


The link between books and creativity is implicit in the fact that while every reader may not be a leader, every leader is a reader. - Kavita Gupta Sabharwal, Neev Academy


A creative becomes the most successful when it’s associated with a strategy. - Smaranika Jena, Mindbound Creatives


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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