Launched in 2014, StoryBites is a weekly feature from YourStory, featuring notable quotable quotes in our recent articles. Share these gems and insights from the TechSparks speakers with your colleagues and networks, and check back to the original articles for more insights.

In Part IV of our special collection of quotes from YourStory’s TechSparks 2020 coverage, we present insights on the roles and responsibilities of founders (see Part II and Part III) as well). Check out our earlier quotes compilations from conference editions in 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, and 2014.

See also our compilation of quotes from the top Tech30 startup founders of 2020, and profiles of the Tech30 startups over the years: 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, and 2011.

When you become the first to break the code, you also become the reference. – Chef Vikas Khanna

When you’re category-defining, you’ve to see if you’re helping shape an ecosystem. – Shailendra Singh, Sequoia Capital

We have to develop knowledge, and humility is absolutely essential for that. – Sridhar Vembu, Zoho

Clarity of thought is as important or even more important than performance today – and it has to be well articulated too. – Anu Hariharan, Y Combinator

A lot of tech entrepreneurs get so involved in algorithms and science…it is all very important, but we need to focus on what you present to the world. – Rajashree R, TCS

The narrative strikes a chord on the other side. It has to come from the heart and has to mix with the substance of your business plan effortlessly – so that it becomes a part of you. – Anup Jain, Orios Venture Partners

Good startup founders are good storytellers. Unless you have a good story, you won’t be able to pique any interests. – Saurabh Jain, Paytm

If you look at companies with the best culture in the world, they have a history of treating their employees the same way as their customers. – Anoop Suresh, Springworks

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Although the number of women-founded and co-founded startups are on the increase, investors are still sceptical about investing in women tech entrepreneurs. – Nikhil Rungta, Verizon Media

Success is common, but enduring success that can last for decades is rare. – Shailendra Singh, Sequoia Capital

Brand strategy IS business strategy because it involves purpose, company culture, brand behaviour, and experience design. – Mohit Jayal, Motherland Joint Ventures

You will doubt yourself, you will doubt your abilities, and you will doubt your decisions and actions. But it's important to persevere and not lose sight of your dreams. – Sonu Sood, actor and humanitarian

Be very brave. Do not compromise on vision. – PB Venugopal, Lexus India

You go through a lot of ups and downs and you really need someone who can be a friend, not just a business partner. – Vibhore Goyal, CoCubes

The more you chase a money goal, the more the goal post keeps shifting. You are always in an unsatisfied zone. – Nithin Kamath, Zerodha

Founders need to keep the board and investors aligned, and then be honest with themselves as this requires both short term and long term goals. – Shweta Bhatia, Eight Roads Ventures India

Be in the driver seat of your own life and not let anyone else drive the direction of your life. – Aaksha Meghawat, Apple

The last-mile human touch always helps. People giving their time, knowledge, and energy…passion matters. – Suniel Shetty

You can’t have strategy doing the work all the time. You've to let the odds and serendipity take over sometimes. – Shailendra Singh, Sequoia Capital

COVID-19 has been the mother of all wake-up calls. – Sarbvir Singh, PolicyBazaar

We are all not in the same boat, but we’re all in the same storm. – Suniel Shetty

The post-pandemic business environment will be one represented by growing geopolitical complexity, a more polarised society, and the chance for backlash if the popular sentiment is hurt. – Madan Bahal, Adfactors PR

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The most enduring companies gain dominance because of their unique understanding of market asymmetry or inflection point. – Pieter Kemps, Sequoia Capital India

High winds doesn’t make great sailors, light wind sailing makes great sailors…they equalise everything. – Ashish Hemrajani, BookMyShow

We need to slowly start changing complainers to entrepreneurs…because complainers will have problems and can be problem solvers. – Gururaj ‘Desh’ Deshpande

The best time to do something new is today. – FM Nirmala Sitharaman

The system makes it extremely hard for young entrepreneurs to succeed. If, as a country, we keep ridiculing risk-takers, we will always be a nation of job seekers. – Kunal Shah, CRED

The day you think there is no scope for improvement, the game is over. – Byju Raveendran

India has a valuable talent pool, and this is a very powerful mechanism to create opportunities within India and develop products of value for the world. – Karan Bajaj, WhiteHat Jr.

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Stressed your cup is half-empty not full? Remember you always need to stay grateful. – Tahira Kashyap Khurrana, ‘The 12 Commandments of Being a Woman’

You deal with the world the way it is, not the way you wish it was. This is where you develop character. – John Chambers, JC2

We must ask ourselves, can we make a difference? Can we be innovative and creative and not just look at the money value of what we've done but the contribution it has made to our humanity and our human population in India? – Ratan Tata

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 Suman Singh

Original Source: yourstory.com

The beauty of Africa eventually captivates us all

Is Africa open for travel, especially now with Covid-19, and how safe is it really? These are question we get quite frequently and our answer is a resounding, YES! Africa is open for travel and YES it is an incredibly safe destination for someone looking to get away from crowded spaces and the stress of this Covid-19 pandemic. With Rhino Africa’s new Covid-19 related T&C’s as well as our partnership with the world’s best travel insurance company, not only is your safety guaranteed but your holiday investment is in very safe hands as well. 

Since August, East Africa has been open for travel and we have had numerous guests who have been astounded by the immense beauty of both Kenya and Tanzania. They have been amazed at how quiet it all is and how much they loved their “private safari experience”. One such client has just completed a magical trip to Tanzania and Zanzibar, this is what he had to say about it all.  

Couple enjoys colorful sunrise in Tanzania

A magical sunrise in Tanzania, Photo Credit: Natasha Alden

The Perfect Tanzania Safari

Our senior Travel Expert, Tara, put together this tailor-made itinerary for one of her clients which included Arusha, Tarangire National Park, Ngorongoro Crater & Serengeti National Park before winding down on the beaches of Zanzibar. This is what her client, Vijay thought about their East Africa adventure.

“The Rhino Africa team did an incredible job in looking after us.”

– Vijay

Tarangire National Park

2 nights – Olivers Camp

Utter peace at Oliver's Camp in the Serengeti

Indulgent Tranquility at Oliver’s Camp, Photo Credit: Olivers Camp

Oliver’s Camp in Tanzania’s Tarangire National Park embraces a back-to-basics safari experience in a remote corner of East Africa. While there is no shortage of comforts, the camp promises a refreshing wilderness experience that is lacking in the more well-known reserves to the north. 

“There were very few tourists and it felt like we were on a private safari! Overall, the trip was seamless and the timing was excellent.”

– Vijay

 

Ngorongoro Crater

2 nights – Highlands Safari Camp

The glorious views from Highlands Safari Lodge in Tanzania

The incredible views from Highlands Safari Lodge, Photo Credit: Highlands Safari Lodge

The Highlands Safari Camp is high-end leisure and low-impact luxury in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.  This impressive camp is surrounded by forrest offering both seclusion as well as a hub of ecological sustainability.

“Hi Tara, we just got picked up by Asilia tour guide and he seems to be great. Thanks a lot for checking in on us.”

– Vijay

 

Serengeti National Park 

4 nights – Sayari Camp

 

The romance of Sayari Camp in Tanzania

One of the most romantic settings – Tanzania’s Sayari Camp, Photo Credit: Sayari Camp

 

Resting against a hillside with panoramic views of the Serengeti plains and Mara River in the distance, Sayari Camp effortlessly combines luxurious living and the wonder of the African landscape at its most natural. 

“The flights, airport procedures, road transport and onsite protocols related to Covid were all very satisfactory.”

– Vijay

Zanzibar

4 nights – The Residence

Maximum luxury in this island paradise in Zanzibar

Maximum luxury in this island paradise, Photo Credit: The Residence

The Residence Zanzibar combines various influences of the island’s African, Omani and European heritage to create an ambience of rare splendour and enchanting elegance. 

“We got home safely. The trip was absolutely outstanding and is now our best vacation ever!”

– Vijay

Original Source: blog.rhinoafrica.com