Indonesia-based bike taxi service Go-Jek has acquired Pianta, a Bangalore-based home healthcare services marketplace for an undisclosed amount, the company said on Tuesday.
The acquisition will help fast track the development of GO-JEK’s logistics and transportation platforms to support its fast-growing Indonesia operations.
GO-JEK is moving to launch an on-demand healthcare product which might have on demand delivery and logistics’ issues.
“Post the acquisition, Pianta’s eight member team will merge with GO-JEK’s engineering centre in Bangalore. The total strength of the engineering team will be sixty people who will assist with the Asian operations of GO-JEK,” Swaminathan Seetharaman, CEO & Co-founder, Pianta said.
This is not the first time that Go-Jek has acquired an Indian company. Earlier in February, the company had bought two Indian startups–— Bangalore-based software engineering company C42 Engineering and Delhi-based CodeIgnition, with the aim of setting up a development centre in the country.
Founded in 2015 by ex-Ola executives Swaminathan Seetharaman and Ganesh Subramanian; and ex-Flipkart employee Nitin Agarwal, Pianta is run by SLX Logistics Pvt. Ltd and is backed by Freecharge founders Kunal Shah and Sandeep Tandon. It helps discover and book appointments with healthcare providers who provide home visits for physiotherapy, nursing and lab sample collection.
Sequoia Capital India and DST Global-backed Go-Jek has over two lakh motorbike taxis, known as “ojeks” in its fleet. Go-Jek started off as a a bike-taxi business, and has diversified into food delivery, one-hour courier delivery, grocery delivery and even has aggregated trucks on its platform. It has partnered with 2,00,000 motorcycle drivers and 5,000 trucks across Indonesia.
“India has a great pool of technology and product development minds. The Bangalore office plays a strategic role in accessing talent for us across all spheres of product delivery, development, architecture and user experience, quality control,” said Ponnappa.