SEA Digest: Gojek launches GoTaxi in SG, Mitsubishi-Trendlines to back agri startups

Ilustrasi Gojek/ GO-JEK. REUTERS/Beawiharta

Indonesian ride-hailing decacorn Gojek has launched its GoTaxi service in Singapore, while Mitsubishi has partnered with Singapore-listed The Trendlines Group to back agri-food startups.

Gojek launches taxi-booking service GoTaxi in Singapore

Indonesian tech giant Gojek has launched GoTaxi, a taxi-booking feature on its app, in Singapore, the company said in a statement on Tuesday.

Customers will be able to select the ‘GoTaxi’ option when booking a ride within the Gojek app from next week. Rides booked through GoTaxi will be charged a metered (rather than fixed) fare, and riders will see an estimate of their fare at the time of booking, Gojek said in a statement on Tuesday.

GoTaxi will complement GoCar — Gojek’s existing ride-hailing service that matches customers to either private-hire vehicles or taxis — and bring additional benefits to both riders and drivers, the company said.

Gojek riders will enjoy greater ride availability and improved wait times on the Gojek platform. They will also get free accident coverage on all GoTaxi trips, an extension of the complimentary personal accident insurance they currently receive for all trips on GoCar.

Mitsubishi Corp partners with SGX-listed Trendlines

Trendlines Agrifood, an investment vehicle of the Israel- and Singapore-based The Trendlines Group, has entered into a partnership with Japan’s Mitsubishi Corp for the identification of emerging technologies and startups of interest to their global integrated business enterprise.

“Collaborating with Mitsubishi Corp is synergistic. We gain invaluable market and industry insights from a global leader in their field, and Mitsubishi Corp leverages on our experience in technology evaluation and development,” Trendlines Agrifood CEO Nitza Kardish said.

Trendlines Agrifood invests in agricultural and food technologies that help solve the global food crisis.

Singapore Reporter/s

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).

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

  • 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.
  • A reporter who can get behind the scenes and reveal how funding rounds are put together, or why they’ve failed to materialise. She/he in this role will largely focus on long-format stories. 
  • A journalist to track special situations funds, distressed debt and private credit (from the PE angle) across Asia.

Singapore Reporter/s

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).

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

  • 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.
  • A reporter who can get behind the scenes and reveal how funding rounds are put together, or why they’ve failed to materialise. She/he in this role will largely focus on long-format stories. 
  • A journalist to track special situations funds, distressed debt and private credit (from the PE angle) across Asia.