Online classifieds business Quikr has launched Indic language support on its platform starting with Hindi, Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada, Marathi and Gujarati languages. Users can switch the language for browsing, searching, posting ads and interacting with buyers and sellers. On switching to a vernacular language, clicking on the search box pops up a vernacular language keyboard. This is immensely useful, as users can’t be expected to have physical Hindi/ other language keyboards.
Swedish investment firm Kinnevik has become the largest investor in Quikr, after it purchased 18% stake worth $20 million in the online classifieds company. Investors such as Matrix Partners India, Omidyar Network and Nokia Growth Partners have had partial exits. Quikr has raised $350M so far from a slew of investors. It claims to get 30 million unique users every month and with 250,000 listing coming on the platform every day.