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Global Players: JustDial, Zomato & Greendust
August 04,2014
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Just Dial will launch in United Kingdom next month and then by October in the United Arab Emirates, after which it will look to expand into South East Asia. Just Dial is looking to expand internationally even as the local search firm goes deeper into the Indian market with its "Search Plus" services. Just Dial will launch in the UK next month and then by October in the UAE, after which it will look to expand into South-East Asia. "As expansion in the international market will be through mobile app only, we believe Just Dial will not spend significant cash in the initial years," noted Motilal Oswal analysts Niket Shah and Atul Mehra. Mani believes that Indian consumer internet ventures should not underestimate their capabilities. "If you look at the roaring companies that are doing exceedingly well, including the most valued Indian company TCS, their markets are abroad and the talent is here," he said. Sandeep Murthy, partner at venture capital firm Lightbox, said Just Dial's plans to go international seems like a logical step and good use of operational learnings that they have from India. Other Indian consumer internet startups, like restaurant booking app Zomato, have already started expansion to other emerging markets. Refurbished products e-tailer Greendust is also looking at international markets. But even as it is expanding overseas, Just Dial is going deeper into the Indian market with its `Search Plus' where one can book a restaurant table, doc tors appointment, get groceries delivered, book bus tickets or even call a taxi all through its application. Read more

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