Go-Jek to launch beta version of app in Singapore in December

Go-Jek Indonesia office. Photo: Go-Jek

Indonesia’s ride-hailing and payments unicorn Go-Jek will launch the beta version of its app in Singapore before Christmas.

Go-Jek president Andre Soelistyo confirmed the beta launch at the Singapore Fintech Festival last week. The beta launch will allow Go-Jek to capture user feedback and finetune its eventual launch.

Soelistyo also admitted to being ‘a little scared’ about the pent-up demand in the city-state after the exit of Uber.

Singapore-headquartered Grab — also, Go-Jek’s nemesis — had in March announced the acquisition of Uber’s Southeast Asia operations, which marked the US ride-hailing giant’s exit from several markets in the region. It also gave Grab a lion’s share of the ride-hailing market in Singapore, which earned it a $4.7-million wrap on the knuckles from the city-state’s competition watchdog in September.

Go-Jek, meanwhile, is preparing to take on Grab in the latter’s own backyard. In October, it announced the launch of a portal for drivers to pre-register in Singapore.

Last week, Go-Jek unveiled a strategic partnership with Singapore’s DBS Bank to collaborate on payment services in the region. DBS has one of the largest debit and credit card circulations in Singapore. It is also the largest lender in Southeast Asia.

Apart from Singapore, Go-Jek is also expanding into the Philippines and Thailand. The company recently ventured into Vietnam in September.

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In Singapore, we are looking to double our reporting team by this year-end to comprehensively cover the fast-moving world of funded startups and VC, PE & M&A deals. We want reporters who can tell our readers what is really happening in these sectors and why it matters to markets, companies and consumers. The ability to write precisely and urgently is crucial for these roles. Ideal candidates must have to ability to work in a collaborative, dynamic, and fast-changing environment. We want our new hires to be digitally savvy and ready to experiment with new forms of storytelling. Most importantly, we are looking for hard-hitting reporters who work well in a team. Collaboration and collegiality are a must.

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).

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  • A reporter to track companies/startups that have raised private capital, and have the potential to become unicorns. SEA currently has over 40 companies with a valuation of over $100 million and under $1 billion.
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