"Rules of Hiring #1: If there is doubt, there is no doubt. Rules of Hiring #2: Always hire people who are smarter than you."
-Sachin Bansal, Founder of Flipkart
"Never hire someone to do your initial sales. In fact you should acquire your first hundred customers yourself"
Quoted by- Sashank ND, Founder of Practo
"Raise money from investors who are more excited about the BUSINESS or MARKET than the TEAM. They can help discover amazing opportunities"
Quoted by- Abhishek Goyal, Founder of Traxcn
"I strongly believe all students should have a startup during college. Doesn't matter if successful or how big or small. Worst case scenario it will make them 10x better employee than someone with no exposure to how a business works"
"If you fully accept the worst that can ever happen in your journey, fear won’t ever be an obstacle in starting-up"
Quoted by- Kunal Shah, Founder of Freecharge
Kunal Shah is the founder of FreeCharge, which recently got acquired by Axis Bank for $60 million. Before that, Snapdeal had acquired FreeCharge in the year 2015 for about $400 million. He has done his MBA from Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies and studied at Wilson College, Mumbai.
"Building a company is similar to building a product. Culture is the UX for employees & Support is the UX for customers."
"Don’t be a jerk! Even if you are brilliant, don’t be a brilliant jerk."
Quoted by- Girish Mathorrobootha, Founder of Freshworks
Girish Mathrubootham is the founder of Freshworks which is a software-based service company. Prior to this, he was the VP of Product Management at ZOHO Corporation.
"There is no secret ingredient. To make something special you just have to believe it's special."
Quoted by- Rahul Yadav, Founder of Housing
"It's a long long road. Sometimes all you need are people who pat your back and say, carry on. Thank you to everyone who encourages."
Quoted by- Sharaddha Sharma, Founder of Yourstory
"Building predictability on top of market place economy is how new age businesses will get built. Super excited"
"It is extremely important to build something that a 100 people absolutely love using rather than making something that a 1000 people would just, kind of, like."
Quoted by- Ritesh Agarwal, Founder of OYO
Ritesh Agarwal is founder of OYO which is India’s largest marketplace for branded and budget hotels. OYO Rooms worth over $1 Billion. He began working on the project in 2012. Agarwal started his venture in Gurgoan and it is now spread in 230 cities in India and also in countries like UAE, Nepal, China and many others.
"Scale is important for a startup. Think big, but take one day at a time."
Quoted by- Kunal Bahl, Co-Founder of SnapDeal -
Co-founder of Snapdeal, Kunal Bahl, did his schooling from Delhi Public School, R.K. Puram and went to Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania. He and his friend Rohit Bansal launched this Indian startup in 2010. He worked with Microsoft at the beginning of his career. Today, his e-commerce platform is a huge success and is competing with Amazon and Flipkart.
"The fundamental model of our business is that in mature markets we should make profits and they shouldn’t need any more outside money to grow."
Quoted by- Deepinder Goyal, Founder Zomato
"If you want to walk fast, walk alone. But if you want to walk far, walk together."
"I don't believe in taking right decisions, I take decisions and make them right."
Quoted by- Ratan Tata, Chairman of Tata Group
"However big or small, make it a good business, make it a clean business, make it a business you are very proud of."
Quoted by- Deep Kalra, founder of MakeMyTrip
"Today I see a billion people as a billion potential consumers, an opportunity to generate value for them and to make a return for myself"
"It is important to achieve our goals, but not at any cost."
Quoted by- Mukesh Ambani, CEO & Chairman of Reliance
"If people are not laughing at your goals, your goals are too small"
"Leadership is the self-confidence of working with people smarter than you."
Quoted by- Azim Premji, Chairman of Wipro
"Whether ecommerce companies make money or not, these logistics companies make revenue which is guaranteed for them by ecommerce transactions."
Quoted by- Arvind Singhal, MD of Technopak
Arvind Singhal is graduate from IIT Roorkee and did his MBA from UCLA, USA. It is India’s leading Managing Consulting firm focusing on retail, consumer product, fashion-textiles and apparel and many more.
"The trade market is the place with the least scope for emotions, especially of fear and greed."
Quoted by- Rachit Chawla, Co-Founder of Finway Capital
Rachit Chawla from Aston Business School has done his Bachelor’s in Commerce. He is the co-founder of Finway Capital. Finway Capital talks about loan funding. It funds people and helps creating wealth and give personal loans and insurance.
"Entrepreneurship is akin to riding a dragon - there are more ups and downs than you can ever imagine. But every challenge on the way only makes you stronger, and every failure only bears new learnings."
Quoted by- Yatin Hans, Founder of Bigsmall
Yatin Hans, Bigsmall.in which promotes gifting culture in India. It gives unique and fun gifts to the Indian public. He has done his schooling from Heritage School and B.Com Honours from Delhi University. He later went to ESADE Business School to complete his Masters in Marketing.
"Human capital is the most precious of all forms of capital available"
Quoted by- Ajay Ramasubramaniam, Ryerson Futures Inc.
Ajay Ramasubramaniam, Director of Zone Startups, is promoting Indian operating system as well as initiatives including corporation innovation programs and thematic accelerators and has raised around Rs. 150 crores. He has done his MBA from Mumbai University in Finance and Marketing.
Subscribe to Startup Talky
Get the latest posts delivered to you right in your inbox