Throwback: Zomato’s 13-year-old journey to IPO

The much-talked-about initial public offering (IPO) of foodtech unicorn Zomato is set to launch today.
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The much-talked-about initial public offering (IPO) of foodtech unicorn Zomato is set to launch today. 

Zomato, which was founded in 2008 as a food listing platform named Foodiebay, has come a long way since Deepinder Goyal and Pankaj Chhadah began working on this idea in 2008 while they were at Bain Consulting.

By 2011, just three years after it was founded, Zomato became the go-to place for restaurant search and discovery. 

In the years since, it has been extensively expanding its operations, foraying into new categories, markets, and launching new services and offerings to emerge as one of the category leaders in the space. 

Now, the company — which is eyeing a post-issue valuation of Rs 64,365 crore at the upper-end of its issue price range of Rs 72-76 a share — is expected to soon launch online grocery services on its app, as it continues with its experiments in the grocery space. 

Ahead of Zomato’s Rs 9,375 crore IPO, we take a walk down memory lane to highlight some key milestones in the company’s journey so far. Read more.

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Before you go, stay inspired with… 

Deepinder Goyal, co-founder and CEO, Zomato

“We saw that if we wanted to touch broader horizons then the name Foodiebay wouldn’t be the best choice as it constrains our perception to one of a food website... So, we decided to keep the idea of food at the centre but choose a name that is timeless and encompassing – Zomato.” 

Deepinder Goyal, Founder and CEO, Zomato


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