USC Alumni-Co-Founded Go-Jek Continues its Success in Asia


Go-Jek raised just more than $1 billion with the first close of the Series F funding round.

Investors included tech giants Google and Tencent as well as Chinese e-commerce player and Japan’s Mitsubishi Corporation.

The company said the proceeds would be used to expand and deepen Go-Jek’s presence in its home market, Indonesia, as well as Singapore, Vietnam, and Thailand.

“We started out with ride-hailing but in a short space of time have become Indonesia’s industry leader across all key verticals including transport, food delivery, mobile payments, logistics, and merchant services,” Nadiem Makarim, CEO of Go-Jek Group, said in a statement.

“As we expand internationally, we are excited to extend our vision to more countries and at the same time put Indonesia on the map as a regional hub for tech innovation,” he said.

Go-Jek has a presence in 204 cities and regencies across five countries in Southeast Asia. It has more than 2 million drivers and about 400,000 merchants on its platform.

Last month, the company made its beta service available to all users in Singapore.

Go-Jek’s regional expansion puts it in direct competition with Grab, which announced a partnership with video streaming service Hooq earlier this week.

Grab has also raised funds north of $3 billion since last year as investors jump on board the potentially lucrative digital market in Southeast Asia.

The region’s internet economy is set to exceed $240 billion by 2025, according to a report from Google and Singapore’s Temasek Holdings.

Go-Jek said that after the close of the Series F fundraising, its founders would still maintain control over the decision-making process and direction of the company.

Credit – Saheli Roy Choudhury CNBC