2016 has been a roller coaster of a ride for entrepreneurs! While juggling with funding woes and industry impact of markdowns and mergers, entrepreneurs have learnt it the hard way that in the end, it's only the product that really matters.
Over the last 11 months, I've had the fortune of interviewing some of the finest entrepreneurs of India. Here are 20 best things these entrepreneurs have told Entrepreneur India this year.
It’s important to be flexible to changes quickly midway through your plan rather than having a fixed long-term plan - Byju Raveendran
Cash is very, very precious and I am super fussy about cash being spent - Supam Maheshwari, FirstCry
I always felt I was one step behind success and if I give it another try I should succeed - Thirukumaran Nagarajan, Ninjacart
We are not acquiring revenue, we are acquiring talented technology - Girish Mathrubootham, Freshdesk
Money always comes with strings attached. I’m a free thinker - Sridhar Vembu, Zoho
The first thing that happens when an acquisition happens is that both the teams have to work together. If the teams can work together, everything else can be figured out easily, one step at a time - Mohit Kumar, Roadrunnr
Asking what a bot can do is the same as asking what a website can do. The answer is almost anything - Beerud Sheth, Gupshup
One of the most important things that I learnt from Infosys was the importance of treating people as our most important asset - George Varghese, who has founded Extentor Solutions
It’s a generalisation that is happening where someone from an IIT is automatically granted a certain value without even examining him. But end of the day, the hunger to do more and achieve success is what matters - Sachin Shenoy, Lets Service
Chances of not meeting consumer expectations are the biggest challenge of e-commerce - Alok Duggal, Homestudio.com
I don’t over intellectualize things, so I just do things that come to me and at times the motivation is different - Chef Sanjeev Kapoor
There are certain basic things that I did right. My attitude changed and hence this helped me change my whole world - CK Ranganathan, CavinKare
Entrepreneurship is the commitment to turning an idea into a profitable business. It is about imagining new ways to solve problems and create value - Vidya Nataraj, Bluestone.com
I never give up, that’s one of the things about me - Arpita Ganesh, Buttercups
Having big global brands on-board as customers, act as a validation of one’s product - Abinash Tripathy, Helpshift
Right from the start we believe that for a startup, it is essential to fail fast, but fail small - Lovleen Bhatia, Edureka
The life of a startup founder is a constant battle of a house on fire, even though it may look calm and composed from the outside - Shiladitya Mukhopadhyay, Serial Entrepreneur
One needs to be upfront and transparent about their challenges and motive. The more honesty and vulnerability you show, the better it is - Archit Gupta, ClearTax
Having the right team, right direction and the right vision is what everyone looks for - Harshil Mathur, Razorpay
It's going to be a persisting journey, but hang in there and dots will connect - Tejbir Singh, Affordplan
Hope the flashback of articles rejuvenates the spirit of entrepreneurship in our readers. We wish you all a very happy 2017!