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

Launched in 2014, StoryBites is a weekly feature from YourStory, featuring notable quotable quotes in our articles of this past week. This special series of compilations focuses on India’s COVID-19 struggle (see last week’s post here). Share these quotes and excerpts with your networks, and check back to the original articles for more insights.

Food safety issues and the enhancement of health security are of growing national and international concern. – FSSAI report

COVID-19 transformed the fish and meat purchasing behaviour of consumers dramatically. Due to safety concerns, consumers made the habit-forming shift to ecommerce. – Shan Kadavil, FreshToHome

Health is no more about medicines; it is now a way of life. – Sanjaya Mariwala, OmniActive Health Technologies

The COVID-19 pandemic has severely impacted the lives of people with disabilities. Visually impaired persons cannot avoid touch and cannot maintain physical distancing in their true sense. – Prashant Ranjan Verma, NAB

The lockdown period has drastically changed individual behaviours and highlighted the need for safety and comfort. – Paul Abraham, Hinduja Foundation

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The pandemic brought enormous human suffering, but the quarantine and economic fallout brought the cash flow crisis. – Patrick Schwerdtfeger, 'Pandemic, Inc.'

It’s competitive to raise funding in any environment and even more so during a crisis of such a magnitude. If you are in a sector that’s in favour right now, do raise a bit more than required to have some buffer. – Jatin Desai, Inflexor Ventures

Any and every profession involves some risk, whether it is delivering food, working on a desk, or running a company. – Raghav Joshi, Rebel Foods

Leading global bodies project that there will be a contraction in global energy demand over the next few years also. – PM Narendra Modi

The coronavirus pandemic has set women professionals back by more than a decade, further disbalancing gender parity at work. – Anuranjita Kumar, WiT India

The pandemic has given rise to unpaid care work that women provide and there has been a reduction in external investment towards women-led enterprises as businesses continue to be affected due to disruption. – Naghma Mulla, EdelGive Foundation

Being used to the traditional office culture, many people don’t have the right frame of mind to work remotely. It takes time, discipline, and dedication to develop that. – Zahara Kanchwalla Zahara, Rite KnowledgeLabs

Corporate campuses are now allowing extended lunch hours to help mitigate the risk by limiting the number of people who can be present in the cafeteria at a time. – Sandipan Mitra, HungerBox

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COVID-19 has accelerated India's digital transformation and a workforce that is equipped with future-ready skills will be the key to unlocking the country's next phase of growth. – Anant Maheshwari, Microsoft India

As consumers have shifted online, more companies are looking at how they can take advantage of this digital shift and the vast economic opportunities that come with it. – Bhavik Vasa, GetVantage

The blue-collar ecosystem is undergoing massive digital transformation and the ongoing pandemic has accelerated this adoption. – Pravin Agarwala, Betterplace

As the city builds back from COVID-19, there is a demanding need for an accessible, affordable, and safe everyday commute option. – Aravind Sanka, Rapido

During COVID-19 pandemic, consumers began demanding social change in the fashion industry by seeking more sustainable brands. – Rina Dhaka, RE.purposed

Comfort is the priority for most men now especially since most of them are working from home these days. – Prince Kumar, Cantabil Retail

Change and evolution is part and parcel of life – but the beauty of theatre and art is that while nothing stays constant, everything stays the same. – Arundhati Nag, Ranga Shankara

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).

Original Source: yourstory.com

Launched in 2014, StoryBites is a weekly feature from YourStory, featuring notable quotable quotes in our articles of this past week. This special series of compilations focuses on India’s COVID-19 struggle (see last week’s post here). Share these quotes and excerpts with your networks, and check back to the original articles for more insights.

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"How you handle a crisis truly defines your brand and shapes how people perceive you." – Salonie Ganju, Matrix

"Hard times are only the other side of good times." – Chetana Ravi, 'Unbound'

"Catastrophes instigate people to look for ways to protect themselves in the event that another one occurs." – Gopal Balachandran, ICICI Lombard

"Our brain is not wired to see risk. The younger you are, the more you are wired not to see risk." – Tapan Singhel, Bajaj Allianz General Insurance

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"With COVID-19, we are seeing imagery demand shift even faster away from drones and airplanes to satellites." – Hemant Mohapatra, Lightspeed India

"The need of the hour for the furniture brands is to develop an active supply chain response plan to alleviate risk and mitigate the disruptions that the coronavirus outbreak has caused." – Sidhant Lamba, Fabrento

"Since people love to celebrate with full flair, it won’t take a lot of time for them to get back to the big fat Indian wedding." – Ankita Asthana, WeddingNama

"Unlike other businesses, there is a clear V-shaped recovery in the agriculture sector as farmers are being more open to adopting new-age technologies and practices to keep their farming cycle running." – Shivendra Singh, Barton Breeze

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"While the pandemic is a temporary scenario, it appears that hyperlocal delivery services are here to stay for a long time."" – Saahil Goel, Shiprocket

"The pandemic has moved logistics companies to get ready for a digitally connected and integrated supply chain." – Vishal Sharma, DB Schenker

"There is likely to be a strong preference for office spaces that undertake proper measures to contain the virus spread like screening, sanitation, air filtration, and social distancing." – Sahil Vachani, MaxVIL

"While the rules of quarantining will need to be adhered to, workplaces will benefit by developing various lines of defence against infection." – Sumit Nadgir, Hicare

"There has been development in how technology can help in space and facilities management." – Amrita Chowdhury, Gaia

"The current paradigm has extended many creative working professionals an opportunity to relocate to isolated regions of the country and beyond." – Narayan Mahadevan, BridgeLabz

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"UPI has garnered tremendous momentum especially during the pandemic – 149 crore transactions, a record-breaking number, was undertaken in the month of July alone." – Dilip Asbe, NPCI

"The entire lending and financial ecosystem need to support MSMEs with agile credit solutions for a macro-economic impact." – Prashanth Ranganathan, PayU Finance

"Farmers are essential service providers as they feed the nation. They are also very vulnerable during disruptive events, such as the ongoing pandemic." – Sendhil Kumar Natarajan, WayCool Foods

"During this period many countries, including the UK, Singapore, Italy, Malaysia, etc. have offered loan moratoriums of different kinds targeting specific borrowers." – Chaitra Bharadwaj, Merican Consultants

"Bootstrapping and being self-sustainable was always applicable to start in the pre-COVID-19 era, but it is even more relevant today." – Monica Mehta, Wadhwani Foundation

Dr Nimrat Kaur, COVID-19, Doctors without Borders

Image credits: Dr Nimrat Kaur

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"There will be an increasing need for companies to integrate customer journeys, tech, remote work, and gig models into their business process." – BV Naidu, StartupXseed Ventures

"Cross-functional training for all employees helps maximise collaboration and efficiency." – Amit Khetan, AfterFirst.com

"COVID-19 has replaced all travel-based distractions. It has suddenly enriched our lives with plenty of time. The change in behaviour [of consumers] is palpable and there is a clamour for the significant." – Sivakumar Sundaram, BCCL

"People should run their businesses with care whether times are good or bad by also being softer on the environment." – Jyoti Narula, Joe Shu

"Without sufficient attention, our fear is that this risk is creating a 'lockdown generation,' that could feel the weight of this crisis for many years to come." – Sara Elder, ILO

"Many are experiencing a lack of control, which further adds to their burden, often leading to burnout or experiencing mental fatigue." – Puroitree Majumdar, YourDOST

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"Co-morbidity causing lifestyle diseases and pandemics tell us to place more emphasis on disease prevention." – Sajeev Nair, Vieroots

"Maintain an inner strength and mental balance to take one step at a time and face each day with gratitude for what you have." – Geetika Dayal, TiE Delhi-NCR

"Take breaks from TV and social media and establish a mindfulness practice, like meditation." – Saurabh Mehta, TiE Ahmedabad

"If nothing else, this time has shown us that we can survive the very worst, but life is too short. The virus can strike any moment and take a loved one away." – ElsaMarie D’Silva, Safecity

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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