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These are not headlines in Indian newspapers, but updates on Zomato founder and CEO Deepinder Goyal's Facebook page. Goyal not only uses it to share updates, but also to hunt for talent and share an opening.
The latest update is on Zomato's fourth acquisition overseas this year. The restaurant discovery service has acquired Gastronauci, Poland's leading restaurant search service, increasing its presence to 16 countries.
Backed by $37 million it raised from Sequioa Capital and Info-Edge (India) in 2013, Zomato has acquired four companies globally in three months.
These include New Zealand-based restaurant search service MenuMania in July 2014, Lunchtime.cz and Obedovat.sk, the popular restaurant guides in Czech Republic and Slovakia for a combined $3.25 million, in August, 2014.
These will help it make inroads in Central and Eastern Europe.
With these acquisitions, Zomato now provides information for over 260,000 restaurants across 16 countries. The markets it operates includes the UK, UAE, South Africa, New Zealand, the Philippines, Portugal, Brazil, Chile, Turkey, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, and Qatar, and 35 cities across India.
Text: Ranju Sarkar, Business Standard
Images courtesy: Zomato