‘A better life begins the moment you find the power to surpass roadblocks’ – 30 quotes of the week from Indian startup journeys

From setbacks to success, witness the memorable journey of Indian entrepreneurship in these quotes, excerpts and stories!
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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 30 gems and insights from the week of April 19-25 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.

We just have to look around us for everyday people who show us the way to a better world. - Anand Mahindra, Mahindra Group

Do things that you enjoy the most, and then you will see your business scale up. - Sunil Bharti Mittal, Bharti Enterprises

Make the world a better place to live in. - Anuj Ruia, Beco

Asking questions is a corollary to explaining things simply. - Amit Somani, Prime Venture Partners

Companies need to have a performance-driven culture. - Avnish Bajaj, Matrix Partners India

ESOPs should be given on the basis of the performance of an individual, and not considered a guaranteed perk or an add-on to the salary. - Rohit Thakur, Paytm

Perseverance trumps all. - Mayank Goyal, moneyHop

The most important thing to succeed is determination and a strong will, in addition to enthusiasm. It gives preparation to face the ups and downs of a career in art. - Fery Eka Chandra, MayinArt

Music is the universal language...it brings people closer together. - Ella Fitzgerald

Equip yourselves with reference works from various media for learning and development in the creative process. - Husin, MayinArt

The lack of female mentors at the workplace and the difficulty in finding support for this role-balancing only add to the woes of women professionals. - Shylaja Krishnakurup, Verizon Business Group

It doesn’t matter, if as a woman, you are juggling different things. It’s important to create a support system around you. It may be difficult, but it’s not impossible. - Rama NS, ELCITA

A number of companies start with a diverse employee base at the entry level, but it reduces significantly over time, and at senior levels. - Deepinder Goyal, Zomato

Most SMEs are less efficient than large firms in screening the regulatory environment and dealing with norms. - Nagaraj Krishnan, Aparajitha Corporate Services

Given the ground reality in India, private organisations need to step up to create skills. Such investments have a huge pay-off. - Sridhar Vembu, Zoho

The market for luxury dining and drinking products in India has a lot of white space that discerning brands with innovative products can capture. - Anuj Golecha, 9Unicorns

Good rains mean bumper harvests, and mills will hum with activity, thus generating demand for rice milling equipment. - Narender Kumar, Sona Machinery

India has about 300 million urban households, and 10 percent of urban Indians have pets. Ganesh Ramani, Petcare

Today, the plant-based revolution is just beginning in India. - Shraddha Bhansali, Evo Foods

Today, the single biggest roadblock Indian parents face is financing their child’s higher education. Indian children don’t lack aptitude. Rather, they lack financing resources. - Eela Dubey, EduFund

Indigenous early-stage startups can tap wide-ranging global opportunities if they are given the right platform. - Ninad Karpe, 100X.VC

India will see many more large VC firms being built over the next decade. - Yash Jain, Sparrow Capital

Access to funding has been a challenge for spacetech startups because it is a high risk business. - Ramesh Kumar V, Grahaa Space

With changing time and technology, parents have become more conscious about their child’s well-being. - Sanidhya Pareek, Mtoto

Customers are increasingly seeking healthier options and have a lack of clarity on the same. - Snigdha Kumar, Cora Health

The social cooperation and social capital a consumer holds in their network is a key factor in their ability to access informal credit. - Sriram Shankar, Findeed

Electric motors in use today are based on the scientific breakthroughs of the 1800s, with incremental advancements post that. There is an opportunity to build a tech-enabled, next-gen electric motor. - Ravinder Singh, Kalaari Capital

People don’t understand the idea of pre-loved fashion. There are cultural, religious, and spiritual reasons for that. - Bhumi Pednekar

Signing and sharing petitions is a simple but powerful way to contribute to the environmental movement. - Jacob Cherian, Jhatkaa.org

There is nothing better than giving the next generation a better chance, especially those who work hard at making ends meet. - Aakanksha Bhargava, PM Relocations

A better life begins the moment you find the power to surpass roadblocks. - Geeta Tandon

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 Kanishk Singh

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