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Zomato looks to bet big money on startups, especially ones with a quick commerce focus

Zomato has been on a clean-up drive over the past few months to focus on its core food-related businesses.

Zomato is planning to invest nearly $1 billion in startups in the next couple of years with a sizeable chunk reserved for quick commerce, its CEO Deepinder Goyal wrote in a blog post. Goyal also shed light on Zomato’s investments in four companies amounting to $275 million in the past six months.  Goyal’s post touched upon the company’s long-term strategy and its priorities such as the core business— food ordering and delivery, dining-out, and Hyperpure (B2B supplies for restaurants). We are currently in talks with various restaurant point-of-sale (POS) players, e-vehicle fleet operators, among others, to evaluate investments in these companies keeping the long term in mind — Goyal The post provides a glimpse of the inner workings* of Zomato and elaborates on how the company plans to use the capital at its disposal. Where is Zomato investing? Zomato has been busy in the recent months by trimming the fat from its books and picking up stakes in hyperlocal e-commerce companies such as: Curefit: The food delivery platform will be investing $100 million in fitness firm Curefit, picking up a stake of 6.4 percent. The plan is to sell Fitso, its subsidiary, for $50 million and the rest will be done in cash. With this investment, Curefit will become the 36th unicorn this year with a valuation of $1.5 billion, according to Livemint. Shiprocket: The company is also spending $75 million for an 8 percent stake in Bigfoot Retail Solutions Pvt Ltd, the company behind Shiprocket. Goyal describes Shiprocket as…

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