Mr. Mani thought of the idea while working for yellow pages company called United Database India (UDI) in 1987.
He felt that the information could prove to be much more useful if it could be provided over the phone.
The company could not be started for almost a year because Mr. Mani could not afford a telephone connection which used to cost Rs. 15,000. In the beginning, Mr. Mani started the company with a few pieces of borrowed furniture, rented computers.
The Company finally started providing local search services over the phone in 1996 under the Just Dial brand and launched their Internet and mobile Internet services in 2007. Justdial has a database of approximately 11.8million listings and approximately 262,150 paid campaigns.
Currently, VSS Mani has a networth of around Rs 2,200 crore.