Established in 1996, Justdial was founded by the current Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the company, V.S.S. Mani N.B, M.B. He began the company with six employees, some of them rented computers and borrowed furniture in a rented garage space. The idea was conceptualized by Mr. Mani while working for United Database India (UDI), a yellow pages company, in the year 1987. The number 2888-8888 originally belonged to Kandivali Exchange based in Mumbai but it was later acquired by Mani. He launched this concept after understanding the benefit of presenting such information over a call instead of it being stored in a book. However, the official institution of the company was on standby as Mani was unable to make the investment of 15,000 rupees for a landline service. The company was later launched with a seed capital of 50,000. With the internet penetration in the country rising, Mani decided to go online with Justdial.com in 2007.
In December 2015 Justdial had 10,