Google, Temasek Coming in as New Investors in Go-Jek: Sources
The funding by prominent investors including Google gives Go-Jek greater firepower to tackle competition at home from Grab and Uber Technologies, which are viewing Indonesia, Southeast Asia’s most populous country, as a large potential market.
“As a strategic investor, Google can add a lot to Go-Jek’s business,” said one source.
It was not immediately clear how much the investors are pumping in individually.
Google, KKR, Warburg and Temasek declined to comment. Meituan-Dianping and Go-Jek did not immediately respond to requests for comment. The people declined to be identified as they were not authorized to speak to the media.
Go-Jek, which began as a ride-hailing app for motorcycle taxis, operates mainly in Indonesia but is developing a food delivery business. Its mobile payment business, Go-Pay, is also growing rapidly.
Reuters reported last year that JD.com was investing about $100 million in Go-Jek. This followed an investment by Chinese social media and online entertainment firm Tencent Holdings, which is also an investor in JD.com.
Additional reporting by Julie Zhu in Hong Kong