Vietnam Digest: GoViet makes way for Gojek; Next100 backs Computer Vision

Ilustrasi Gojek/ GO-JEK. REUTERS/Beawiharta

Indonesia’s most valuable startup Gojek officially launched the Gojek app in Vietnam while Next100 has invested $500,000 in Computer Vision Vietnam.

Gojek launches its app, brand in Vietnam

Indonesia’s most valuable startup Gojek on Wednesday announced the official launch of the Gojek app in Vietnam.

The move follows GoViet’s recent announcement that it would unite its app and brand under Gojek as part of its long-term strategy in the market.

From now, customers in Vietnam can access services for motorbike ride-hailing (GoBike), logistics (GoSend) and food delivery (GoFood) via the Gojek app.

The new Gojek app will give consumers access to more than 150,000 drivers and 80,000 food merchants in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.

Gojek users can now also access the Gojek app in all countries where it operates including Vietnam, Indonesia and Singapore. The Gojek app will be available in Thailand in the coming weeks.

“Unifying our apps and brands across Southeast Asia is by far the biggest project we’ve undertaken at Gojek, involving a huge on the ground effort as well as a technically challenging overhaul of our platforms,” Gojek co-CEO Andre Soelistyo said in a LinkedIn post on Wednesday.

Next100 invests $500k in Computer Vision Vietnam

Next100, a $10-million early-stage-focused fund operated by Vietnam technology company NextTech Group of Technopreneurs, has invested $500,000 in Computer Vision Vietnam (CVS eKYC) that provides artificial intelligence solutions for fintech companies. 

Established early this year, CVS eKYC has offered AI to recognize face and characters; detecting invalid papers and faces to provide a fully automated eKYC solution.

The company said that it will use the funding to upgrade its products and develop new services for the field of fintech, digital transformation. 

Next100 recently invested $430,000 in recruitment platform TopCV and $500,000 in Chatbot Vietnam JSC, which owns Bot Ban Hang, a platform that connects advertisers and sellers.

 

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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.