‘Today’s outliers become tomorrow’s mean’ – 40 quotes of the week from Indian startup journeys

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‘Today’s outliers become tomorrow’s mean’ – 40 quotes of the week from Indian startup journeys

Tuesday February 09, 2021,

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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 40 gems and insights from the week of February 1-7 with your colleagues and networks, and check back to the original articles for more insights. See also our special compilation of quotes related to India’s coronavirus responses here.

India requires more job creators and for that we need to celebrate entrepreneurs. - Kunal Shah, CRED

A lot more needs to be done in the areas of funding startups, R&D centres for budding entrepreneurs in Tier II and Tier III cities too. - Ravi Narayan, T-Hub

A lot of venture funding is still concentrated in the metro cities such as Delhi-NCR, Bengaluru, and Mumbai, however, we have witnessed some very successful startups coming out of Tier-II cities and beyond. - Akshay Chhugani, Kisho Capital

India’s startup ecosystem looks promising, and is currently ripe with opportunities. - Hero Choudhary, BEENEXT

Indian startups have a great opportunity to innovate and help to sustain the economy. - Padmaja Ruparel, IAN Fund

A single point compliance ecosystem for startups is the need of the hour to simplify compliances. - Pankil Sanghvi, BDO India

[The] budget, while well received in general and by public markets, was silent on one of the startup ecosystem’s key expectations – i.e. securing access to permanent global capital via direct overseas listing (without need for a dual listing in India). - Rajinder Balaraman, Matrix Partners India

When going in for an IPO, the actual day when you ring the bell is the most glamourous part of the event. But the actual preparation, the journey, irrespective of whether you ring the bell or not, is actually deeply value-adding. - Anuj Khanna Sohum, Affle India

If you want to be innovative, you have to be willing to be misunderstood and criticised. - Jeff Bezos, Amazon


Tourism constitutes 10 percent ($275 billion) to India’s GDP. The tourism industry employs 75 million people directly or indirectly. - Tarun Gulati, Himalayan Hotels

The international market is technologically advanced whereas India dominates the world market in the hand-made carpets. - Radhe Rathi, Kaleen India

Attaining self-reliance in the manufacturing of defence equipment is a crucial factor for maintaining India’s strategic autonomy. - Defence Minister Rajnath Singh

Cannabis is not completely illegal in our country as it is often mistakenly interpreted. - Rohit Kamath, India Hemp Organics

Indian coffees can have a global impact. The idea is to be farmer-friendly and also not cause too much environmental damage. - Soomanna Mandepanda, Humblebean

It is not enough to just dissuade customers from buy imported hardware, it is equally important to build production capacity at home and promote Indian inverters and lanterns organically. - Manjesh Nayak, Oorjan Cleantech

The Budget did not have any mention of addressing water quality problems. With a large number of habitations affected by water quality, one cannot realise the mission of clean and safe drinking water for all. - Romit Sen, Institute for Sustainable Communities

The Budget has given many relaxations to the startup ecosystem; one such major relief is the extension of tax holidays for one more year till March 31, 2022. - Amit Kumar, OLX Autos India


In the chemical industry, there is no room for mistakes. Because of the volume and nature of chemicals involved, any leakage or imbalance can lead to bigger accidents. - Babubhai Rudani, Noble Polymers

The current battery landscape has technologies such as lithium ion, which is quite efficient but expensive, and lead acid, which is available at low cost but highly inefficient. Both options are ecologically unsustainable. - Tejas Kusurkar, ZinGel

Policymakers at the local level should implement policies for the treatment of wastewater and faecal sludge. - Paul Abraham, Hinduja Foundation

Back and joint pain is a large and growing problem around the world. - Ashutosh Mundhada, YourPhysio

Interest among consumers in eco-friendly products has increased after seeing the impact of climate change on glaciers, land, and sea. - Ruchi Jain, Paivi

Social security will solve one of the fundamental hindrances that makes many people not choose freelancing as a full-time career option. - Naman Sarawagi, Refrens.com

To grasp why people bury themselves in debt, you don’t need to study interest rates; you need to study the history of greed, insecurity, and optimism. - Morgan Housel, ‘The Psychology of Money’


The opportunity for providing financial and institutional support to women-led businesses, be it home-based, collectives, enterprises, startups was not looked into. - Deepthi Ravula, WE HUB

The more women enter the mainstream cinema, the more plurality we will see in terms of narratives, scripts, and storylines. - Deepshikha Deshmukh, 'Bellbottom'

It is crucial for a culture to admire its women and have many women role models of different kinds - especially women who go through difficulties and emerge stronger. - Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, 'The Last Queen'

Gender is not just binary. It is multiple and real. - Kalki Subramaniam, Sahodari Foundation

It is our duty to stand up for humanity. Step in and correct things that are wrong. - Leymah Gbowee

Dream and work meticulously towards achieving it because the view is best from the top of the north pole. - Captain Zoya Agarwal

Knowledge is available. Individuals just need to set a goal and have the hunger to achieve their goals. - Muhi S Majzoub, OpenText

It is the time to upskill; knowledge today is available today at practically no cost. - Kunal Shah, CRED

It’s very important that you continue to upgrade yourself to learn and be sincere in your approach and behaviour. - Ram Sewak Sharma, former TRAI Chairman

Every day is a challenge. Try to solve it and you will be a winner one day. - Aditya Vikram Gupta, BD Wire

It’s really hard to build a business that sustains for a long period of time and a successful one at that. To do it, you have to reinvent yourself and do it multiple times over. - Andy Jassy, Amazon

You are responsible for your team’s success first. Once they are successful, your own success follows. - Padmaja Kota, Salesforce


The satisfaction of having completed a piece of art successfully is a reward in itself. - Ashwini R, Chitra Santhe

Per aspera ad astra, which means Through the hardships to the stars. - Anna Krzemińska, Academy of Fine Arts, Warsaw

Time-saving has to be viewed from a greater perspective, where little hacks introduced can be made a big part of your life. - Deepa Kannan, PFNR

Don't follow or copy anyone, everyone has their own value. - Tarun Nanda, Nio United

Today’s outliers become tomorrow’s mean. - Pavan Soni, 'Design Your Thinking'

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).

Edited by Anju Narayanan