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Can MapmyIndia hold its sway in an increasingly competitive geospatial market?

Vishal Koul

During our conversation about Indian navigation pioneer MapmyIndia, Sid Talwar, a venture capitalist who had bet big on it almost a decade ago, sounds a little too enthusiastic about the company’s prospects. His fund Lightbox backs a whole gamut of tech start-ups — Cleartrip, Greendust, InMobi, ZoomIn, Kotak Urja and Info Edge, among others. And yet, the one company in whose business Talwar sees a distinct edge is MapmyIndia.