‘Women need more sponsorship, not just mentorship’: 20 quotes of the week about leaders and entrepreneurs

Released in 2014, storybites is a weekly feature of YourStory, featuring notable quotable quotes from our articles from the past week (see previous issue here). Share these 20 gems and insights from the week of June 27-July 3 with your colleagues and networks, and check back to the original articles for more.

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As an entrepreneur, we have almost seven voices in our head talking to each other at the same time. – Sinjini Sengupta, Lighthouse

Find and focus on solving genuine real world problems – the bells and whistles can wait. – Prabhash Nirbhay, Angels of Jharkhand

You can have the best idea in the world, but you may never get off the ground without a good team. – Ankur Bansal, Black Land

As an organization grows, roles become more specialized, compared to an initial stage where an individual has a broad-based role, sometimes spanning multiple functions. – Saahil Goel, Rocket

You cannot have indefinite periods of non-profitability. There has to be some roadmap to achieve profitability. – Harsh Mariwala, Marico

The accelerator model is a good way to test, experiment and explore the talent bed of a new geographic location at high speed, without being forced to incur huge up-front real estate investment costs etc. – Amita Goyal, Zinnov

Small businesses are often looking insurance solutions that fit your unique needs to be affordable yet superior offerings. -Manish Daswani, Visa

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Eyeglasses generate an incredible return on social investment, unlocking more than $43 in potential family income for every $1 of philanthropy. -Ella Gudwin, VisionSpring

Address pollution due to single use plastic items it has become a major environmental challenge faced by all countries. – Central Ministry of Environment, India

Trying something new will only increase the self-confidence of an individual. – Kamlesh Bhai, Flipkart Online Seller

Telling stories is a great skill to have. People will listen to concepts and frameworks, but stories they have an undeniable power to bring everything to life. – Janelle Estes, Test User

We prefer to invest in companies that have the right mix of generalists and specialists. – Padmaja Ruparel, network of Indian angels

With the right kind of support and determination, you can easily learn to wear all hats with great poise. – Sanjeeta KK, GMO Foods

As a business grows from agility to stability, companies start by hiring multitaskers and then look for domain experts. – Jinesh Shah, Omnivore

Young men who are going to be fathers need counseling in terms of parenting skills and the challenges that the birth of a child brings. – Ritesh Gupta, CDOC Fortis Hospital

Today, the definition of professionalism has grown to include self-expression and the need to bring your authentic self to work. -Ashish Chopra, BeUnic

Encourage LGBTQ role models, mentorship, and reverse mentorship initiatives. But beware of tokenism. -Lucie Fonseca, Giesecke + Devrient

Women should not be told that some jobs can only be done by men. Who says we can’t climb power poles and do maintenance work? -Roshni, Tata Power

Women need more sponsorship, not just mentoring. – Janelle Estes, Test User

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Edited by Teja Lele Desai
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