Indonesia Digest: Ruangguru CEO quits govt role; Gojek partners Paxel

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Indonesia’s on-demand mobility startup Gojek has partnered with Paxel to provide inter-city delivery service, while edu-tech startup Ruangguru CEO Adamas Belva Syah Devara has resigned from its role as the government’s special staff.

Gojek partners logistics firm Paxel 

Indonesia’s on-demand mobility startup Gojek has launched a new inter-city delivery service in partnership with Jakarta-based logistic startup Paxel, the company said in a statement.

Through GoSend, the new service is designed to ship goods within Greater Jakarta area carrying a flat rate of Rp 20,000 ($1.3) with a maximum of 5 kg, covering Jakarta, Depok (West Java), Tangerang (Banten), Bekasi (West Java), and even to Bandung (West Java), which is 152 km from the capital city.

GoSend Intercity Delivery will also expand beyond the Greater Jakarta area in the near future.

“After almost three years of operations and more than 2 million of package shipments across Java, Bali, and Makassar, Paxel continues to expand its business, including collaborating with more partners to offer logistics and transportation solutions,” CEO Bryant Christanto said in a statement.

Ruangguru CEO steps down as Jokowi’s special staff

Edu-tech startup Ruangguru CEO Adamas Belva Syah Devara has stepped down from his role as special staff to state palace, following the controversy of the government’s programme that seemed to favour his company.

Through his Instagram post on Tuesday, Devara said that he submitted his resignation letter on April 15.

He has been receiving public backlash after Ruangguru was appointed as one of the partners to provide the government’s programme called PraKerja or pre-employment card, which aims at jobless or recently unemployed people to provide them for training and courses.

Critics have called out the conflict of interest in his holding a dual role – both as a government executive and startup CEO although the government has appointed executives from seven other firms, including Ruangguru (through Skill Academy), Bukalapak, Tokopedia, and Pintaria.

Devara denied the accusations on his Instagram post.

Devara was one of the seven millennials appointed as the expert special staff to the president in November. Aside from Devara, Amartha CEO Andi Taufan also joined the special staff.

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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.
  • 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.