Mumbai-based online classifieds portal Quikr, has opened its application programming interfaces (APIs) publicly to support and inspire programmers to build applications on it. Currently, Quikr claims it has 30 Mn unique users per month and 250,000 listings on the platform every day.
Quikr Dvlpr – a messaging platform to connect buyers and sellers, it will allow developers to access the online classified majors buyer/seller flow, listings by categories and/or cities as well as replies to these listings. This will help developers to leverage messaging and search capabilities.
Recently, Quikr also launched an instant messenger named Quikr Nxt which enable seamless transactions between users by allowing instant chats. This IM takes user privacy to a next level by providing sellers the option of connecting with prospective buyers or sellers without providing their contact numbers or email ids.
On this development, Pranay Chulet, founder & CEO of Quikr said “While we are verticalizing our own business in the largest markets such as cars, jobs, real estate and services, this move provides us another very scalable way to continue to innovate for India. We have built our large platform on the foundation of robust technology, and firmly believe that we can further unlock the potential of our platform by partnering with India’s developers.”
Founded in 2008, Jiby Thomas and Pranay Chulet, Quikr is a community-focused, digital classifieds company that offers a convenient and easy-to-use way for people in the same city to meet, share ideas, trade, and help one another. Quikr enables users to transact in 12 categories and 140+ sub-categories, which includes mobile phones, real estate, cars, services, jobs, entertainment, furniture, electronics and many more.
Recently, Quikr raised $150 Mn in funding from its existing investors Tiger Global Management, Investment AB Kinnevik, and first time investor Hong Kong-based Steadview Capital, which gave it a post money valuation of $900 Mn.
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