SG Digest: ComfortDelGro launches ride-hailing beta; Razer to hire 1,000

Yellow CityCab Pte taxis, managed by ComfortDelGro Corp., sit at a traffic light in the central business district in Singapore, on Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014. Easy Taxi offers a taxi booking mobile application that connects taxi drivers and passengers. Photographer: Nicky Loh/Bloomberg

ComfortDelGro Taxi will launch a beta trial of its new ride-hailing service while Razer plans to hire around 1,000 employees in Singapore.

ComfortDelGro launches ride-hailing service

Singapore’s ComfortDelGro Taxi will launch a beta trial of its new ride-hailing service on February 3, 2021, according to a press statement. The service will support its 10,000-strong taxi fleet and a small number of private hire cars (PHCs) available only on the ComfortRIDE booking option.

The company is working closely with the National Taxi Association (NTA) and the National Private Hire Vehicle Association (NPHVA) to roll out the beta version of the new ride-hailing service with a very small number of PHCs, said CEO Ang Wei Neng.

ComfortDelGro currently has a total fleet size of over 41,000 buses, taxis and rental vehicles. The company also runs 83km of light and heavy rail networks in Singapore. Besides Singapore, ComfortDelGro has global operations in countries such as Australia, China, the UK, Ireland, Vietnam and Malaysia.

Razer to hire 1,000 employees

Razer, the Hong Kong-listed gaming technology company, plans to ramp up its headcount by hiring around 1,000 employees in its new Southeast Asia headquarters in Singapore, according to a LinkedIn post of CEO Tan Ming Liang.

Razer is dual-headquartered in Singapore and California, USA.

Razer was founded in 2005 and now has 17 offices worldwide. The Hong Kong-listed company first announced plans for its regional headquarters in December 2018.

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.