“Problem solving comes before problem solving” – 40 quotes a week from Indian start-ups

Launched in 2014, StoryBites is a weekly feature from YourStory, with remarkable quotes in our articles over the past week (see previous post here). Share these 40 gems and insights from the week of February 22-28 with your colleagues and networks, and look back at the original articles for more insight. See also our special compilation of quotes related to India coronavirus response here.

To get into the customer’s shoes, you must take off your own shoes first. – Deepa Bachu, Pensaar

Customer empathy is as important as salt to your business. – Nitin Sethi, IndiGo

Beyond a certain point in life, while a certain threshold in skill is important, the right attitude is everything. – Ishendra Agarwal, GIVA

Do not worry about whether it has been done before or not – as long as you think about it, you will succeed, despite the challenges on your way. – Sania Mirza

The best publicity is oral, and if the product is good, the review travels on its own. – Suhail Dhaul, dmodot

Millennials are more experimental with new brands. People want a space to create meaningful social contacts. – Samrat Reddy, Drunken Monkey

Learning is a way of life and never leaves us. – Dinesh Bbhasin, ‘bread n butter’

Education can be a driving force for social change and can help young children realize their true potential. – Manish Bhatnagar, SKF India


Companies must go beyond the interests of their companies to the communities they serve. – Ratan Tata

Many people are turning away from charity work now and saying that in their youth it is time to make money. – Mital Khetani, Shree Karuna Foundation Trust

For many, even today, sustainability is considered a game that is only elite. – Kaustubh Padakannaya, Pyse

Innovation for the betterment of mankind is the most important driving force of this century. – Sidharth Bagadia, JITO Angel Network

We must understand our collective responsibility towards water protection. – Prime Minister Narendra Modi

In the future, we must grow more food with less water, soil and labor. So all of these are only possible through innovation and technology and government policy intervention – Sarada Annasamudram, Corteva Agriscience

Imagine that if a billion people have a thought about production that does not care, we can leave a mess. – Sandeep Murthy, Lightbox Ventures

There is a strong business case for MSMEs to install sunroofs on the roof and achieve significant savings to achieve cost competition. – Union Minister Nitin Gadkari

The biggest weight loss mistake you can make is not focusing on your hormones. – Deepa Kannan, PFNR

Having a clear orphan drug policy helps companies get some form of tacit licensing or the required rules that make it easier for them to bring it to market.

Dr. Meenakshi Bhat, Center for Human Genetics

The pain of running relieves the pain of living. – Jacqueline Simon Gunn

Almost all patients with rare diseases in rural areas have to travel 200-300 km for basic treatment. – Dipanjana Datta, ORDI

Productivity cannot cost discomfort. – Ravi Khushwani, Green Soul Ergonomics


As more people migrate to cities due to urbanization and nuclear power plants, the affordable housing segment will remain strong. – Manoj Viswanathan, Home First

In toys, India has tradition and technology, India has concepts and skills. We can take the world back to environmentally friendly toys. – Prime Minister Narendra Modi

The toy industry globally has a market of $ 90 billion and the Indian market is about $ 1.7 billion. – Aravind Melligeri, Aequs Private Limited

The income of e-rickshaw drivers is limited because they use lead batteries that need 10 hours of charging time and have a limited battery life of six months. – Pulkit Khurana, battery smart

India’s healthcare sector is currently starved of a sufficiently skilled workforce and an adequate number of allied healthcare workers. – Anita Rajan, Tata STRIVE

The coffee segment is approximately worth around SEK 250, where instant coffee offers the largest pie on the market. – Puneet Das, TCP

Almost 99 percent of the fish market in India is disorganized. – Dippankar S Halder, Jalongi

India is very rich culturally and this really speaks through art. – Poornima Dayal, Art Meet

Art in any form is best appreciated when it becomes a nation culture. – Anita Hasurkar, Chitra Santhe

An ordinary man can not visit sophisticated art galleries in large hotels or exhibition centers. – Srinivas Padakandla, Acharya Nagarjuna University

Each painting becomes a micro-story that evokes different emotions. – Anusha Adabala, Chitra Santhe

Art creates positive energy, elevates the space where it is displayed and often becomes the highlight of your house. – Avik Bandyopadhyay, MayinArt

The more time we spend on activities that make sense to us, the happier we are and the joy is translated into all aspects of life. – Devika Vinodh, Chitra Santhe

It takes years to make a movie, and only a second to release a spoiler. – Parineeti Chopra, ‘The Girl on the Train’


The great restoration of thinking caused by the pandemic has changed the perception of investing in start-ups. – Nemesis Ujjain, The Circle.Work

Local culture must be supportive in terms of risk tolerance, appreciation of failure as a fountain of success, support for innovation, creativity, drive and hunger for achievement, respect for risk-taking and wealth creation – MH Bala Subrahmanya, “Entrepreneurial ecosystems for technology start-ups in India”

It is excessive to talk about profit pools when you do not even know about the fit of the product market. – Rajinder Balaraman, Matrix Partners India

Problem solving comes before problem solving. – Itu Chaudhuri and Lisa Rath, ICD

YourStory has also published the paperback book ‘Proverbs and quotes for entrepreneurs: A world of inspiration for start-ups’ as a creative and motivating guide for innovators (downloadable as apps here: Apple, Android).