Indonesia Digest: Golden Gate backs Sampingan; Alibaba opens data centre

Sampingan co-founders Margana Mohamad (left) and Wisnu Nugrahadi

Singapore-based VC firm Golden Gate Ventures has invested $500,000 in Sampingan, a platform that offers on-demand workforce, while Alibaba Cloud, the cloud computing arm of Alibaba Group, has launched a second data centre in Indonesia.

Sampingan secures $500,000 seed funding from Golden Gate Ventures

Sampingan, a platform that connects businesses with freelancers, has raised $500,000 from Golden Gate Ventures to scale up operations and expand its agent network across Indonesia.

The funding comes after it secured a pre-seed round of $100,000 from startup generator Antler in September, it said in a statement.

Sampingan, which means ‘side-job’, connects businesses with selected and trained freelance agents for easily doable task-based jobs. These task-based jobs range from partner and SME acquisitions and real-time data collection to simple commission-based sales jobs.

In four months, the startup claims to have onboarded more than 1,500 agents across 25 cities in Indonesia, who it says have collectively completed over 30,000 different tasks.

The company says it will use the funds to hire key talent, increase its agent network, and develop new features on the app.

Alibaba Cloud opens second data centre

Alibaba Cloud, the cloud computing arm of Alibaba Group, has launched a second data centre in Indonesia to double its local capacity.

The launch of the second data centre comes ten months after the first.

The two centres will provide high availability and strengthen disaster recovery capabilities, the firm said.

Alibaba Cloud, which claims to be the only global public cloud platform with local data centres in Indonesia, now has 55 availability zones across 19 regions worldwide. In addition to Indonesia, Alibaba Cloud has data centres in Singapore and Malaysia.

The company has also announced the Internet Champion Global Accelerator Program to empower local enterprises and talents, contributing to Indonesia’s 2020 Go Digital Vision.

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