With this investment, Carmudi aims to become the market leader in Bangladesh, Indonesia, Myanmar, Pakistan, the Philippines and Vietnam
Last Monday, Rocket Internet-backed real estate listings platform Lamudi announced that it has raised US$7 million to boost operations in Asia. The funds, which were reported to have come from Tengelmann Ventures, the investment arm of German retailer Tengelmann Group, would be used to help Lamudi become the market leader in Pakistan, the Philippines, Indonesia, Myanmar and Bangladesh.
Just last night, another Rocket Internet company, online car classifieds startup,Carmudi, announced that it has secured around US$10 million from a range of investors, including Tengelmann Ventures, which will be used to “become the number one online vehicle marketplace in Asia”. Its markets in Asia are Bangladesh, Indonesia, Myanmar, Pakistan, the Philippines, and Vietnam.
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Stefan Haubold, Co-founder and Global Managing Director, Carmudi said, “Eventually, I envision Carmudi to be a one-stop shop for all car-related topics — be it car reviews, news, tips or simple advice.” He launched the company in 2013, and has seen it grow to reach 100,000 listings globally.
This could be seen as a positive effect of many Rocket Internet-backed companies bearing fruit from operations in the emerging markets of Asia — ones where there aren’t clear leaders in various industries like online classifieds. However, is this a good thing? Wouldn’t the large investments mean nipping competition in the bud? Should entrepreneurs stay away from these lush green fields just because Rocket Internet-backed startups have a tonne of resources?
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