GO-JEK, one of Southeast Asia’s leading start-ups from Indonesia, has announced the opening of its engineering facility in India that will also serve as its headquarters in the country. Situated in the heart of Bengaluru city, this facility will also become the training centre for hundreds of GO-JEK engineers both from Indonesia and India, to support GO-JEK in building on its initial success as the largest on-demand application of choice for all Indonesians.
Speaking on the occasion of the office opening, Nadiem Makarim, Founder and CEO, GO-JEK said, “We are pleased to announce the opening of this new engineering facility in Bengaluru as it will continue to drive our culture of collaboration and passion for innovation as we look to grow from strength to strength in every vertical that we operate in Indonesia. This will help us to continue and improve the daily lives of more than 250,000 motorcycle and car driver partners, more than 35,000 GO-FOOD merchants whose businesses we helped grow and more than 3,000 service providers on our other on-demand services.”
Based on the recent announcement from Indonesia’s Central Bureau of Statistics, online bike-taxi service has helped lower down the number of unemployment in many cities in Indonesia. As the only start-up offering online bike-taxi service in 15 cities in Indonesia, it is undeniable that GO-JEK has contributed on creating new jobs for Indonesian. Beside the bike-taxi service, the start-up has diversified into food delivery service, courier and logistic service, grocery delivery service, cleaning service, massage service, beauty and lifestyle service, automotive service, and pharmaceutical delivery service on its platform.
As engineering facility, the India headquarters will also serve as a training center for GO-JEK engineers both from Indonesia and India. “We have been seeing how collaboration and knowledge-sharing between our engineers in Indonesia and India has helped accelerating our product innovation, mining data and crafting consumer experiences for GO-JEK. We are excited to see how our engineers will continue to help GO-JEK to create larger impacts for people,” said Nadiem.
GO-JEK recently made its fourth Indian acquisition when it bought Leftshift, a Pune-based mobile app developer that specialized in designing and engineering mobile applications for popular start-ups such as BookMyShow and Walnut.
Founded in 2010, GO-JEK is currently the fastest growing start-up in Southeast Asia and the largest in Indonesia in terms of valuation, funding raised and number of transactions. In August 2016, GO-JEK had raised over $550 million in a new round of funding led by KKR and Warburg Pincus LLC, the largest ever for an Indonesian technology start-up.
With over 25 million app downloads, GO-JEK’s platform powers the Indonesian equivalents of Ola, Paytm, Swiggy, Grofers, Zomato, Dunzo and UrbanClap at a comparable scale. Its GO-FOOD business alone does more daily orders than all Indian food tech start-ups combined.
The office inauguration ceremony was presided over by Nadiem Makarim, Founder and CEO, GO-JEK and attended by business partners, GO-JEK senior management and employees.