MapMyIndia: The OG of Indian digital mapping

"Our idea was clear: we are building a digital map product, and won’t give the IP to anybody. But, we can provide it as a service," said Rakesh Verma, Chairman of C.E. Info Systems.
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Digital mapping company CE Info Systems — better known as MapmyIndia — saw a strong response as the quota of shares for retail investors was oversubscribed by 3.28 times at market close on the first day of the issue. The Rs 1,039.61 crore initial public offering (IPO) on Thursday at a price band of Rs 1,000 to Rs 1,033 per share.

The issue size of a little over one crore equity shares is entirely an offer-for-sale by the shareholders of the company. Ahead of the opening for public subscription, MapmyIndia raised Rs 311.88 crore from 24 marquee investors in its anchor book on Wednesday.

In meeting after meeting ahead of the subscription, Rakesh Kumar Verma, Chairman and Managing Director of C.E. Info Systems, heard a key question that he and wife, Rashmi, had discussed at length first in in 1995 when MapmyIndia launched — three years before Google was born.

Most investors are curious to understand: How will MapmyIndia make money off digital maps? The answer has its roots in a conversation between Rakesh and Rashmi in 1994.

YourStory unpacks the journey of MapMyIndia. Read More


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Before you go, stay inspired with… 

Manoj Kohli, Country Head, Softbank

India has a good run on digital transformation and this sets the foundation for the next phase of deep tech where the opportunity is fantastic. 

- Manoj Kohli, Country Head, Softbank India


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