A search engine which operates globally- Google has made its first direct investment in an Indian startup, Dunzo. Dunzo is based in Bengaluru- An IT hub of India.
Kabeer Biswas who is the CEO of Dunzo confirmed the deal but declined to disclose the transaction details.
Sahil Kini of Aspada told that they were just users when it was just Kabeer and they had a scooter and a Whatsapp group. Even then the user experience was so delightful that they decided to take a bet on dunzo before they even had an app. He said that it was really gratifying to see that belief validated by an international major like Google.
Danzo intends and strives to expand to other cities across India. "We want to expand to top 5-6 cities by end of 2018 and scale up from 1 lakh transactions a month right now to 1 lakh transactions a day," Kabeer said. Dunzo users in Bengaluru use their mobile app for an assortment of errands such as delivering food from a restaurant or grocery from stores, to picking up your mobile charger or laptop that you forgot at a friend’s place. Dunzo, initially launched on WhatsApp in 2015, is currently handling 3,500-4,000 tasks a day.
Dunzo has been one of the few hyper-local startups to stand high in a sector where several have failed. It had also drawn the attention of food delivery firm Swiggy besides cab hailing player Ola as well.
It has over 1350 riders active for their tasks. It has also started a serious monetization push over the last couple of quarters, tying up with merchants selling electronics, medicines, and groceries and charging a commission.
This on-demand service concept has proved to be tricky. Yet an Indian Startup made itself sparkle in the eyes of Google. This clearly displays the potentials which Indian Startups hold that can lead to Global success gradually.
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