Quotes from Business Leaders on National Startup Day

Kausambi Manjita, CEO & Founder of Mason

Kausambi Manjita, CEO & Founder of Mason

Kausambi Manjita, Founder & CEO at Mason

“National Startup’s day is a great way to celebrate India’s success in building out globally relevant products and solutions. From the services win back in the 1990s to now becoming a hub for SaaS, it’s been an incredible journey. Just this year, we had 7 India-made products as finalists in the much-coveted Product Hunt Golden Kitty Awards, which celebrates globally loved software. Looks like we’re already making waves, but Indian women-led tech products is still a step behind – only 1/7 was a women-led company (that’s us!). Built-from-India for the world is now an everyday reality in technology. Hoping this yearly reminder opens up more diverse founders to come forward and build top-notch solutions for the world.”

Bhaskar Chatterjee, Head of Products & Marketing at Ezetap

“The startup ecosystem in India has always been vibrant, but the last two years have been phenomenal; what with the country having more than tripled the number of unicorns in the last two years. The latest announcement of January 16 to be celebrated as National Startup Day is definitely a welcome development. Innovation and risk-taking are often glorified with very little thought to the things entrepreneurs put on line, to actualize their startup dream. A day like this may help bring about stories of grit and hard work to the fore and encourage young and upcoming entrepreneurs.”

Rajul Jain, Co-Founder & CEO at Increff

“We have always been a nation of innovators and out-of-the-box thought leaders and I believe startups can bring back the past glory of India. The generalized perception of a foreign brand, technology, or product, being superior to its home-grown alternative is now broken and we have started valuing what is our own. It’s a proud moment for all Indian innovators and entrepreneurs who have been working hard to break the perception and bring India at par with the international brands. The launch of the National Startup Day celebrates the spirit of entrepreneurship which will encourage every individual, irrespective of their age, gender, educational background, to create an impact. The world is watching us and we have a long way to go. The future of technology and innovation is very bright, which will fuel the growth of the Indian economy.”

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