Google has announced an investment in Go-Jek, an Indonesian ride-hailing app, saying it’s the next step in the company’s support of growth in the region. Go-Jek began life as a motorbike taxi app, but has since expanded to deliver everything from food to hairdressers to places across Jakarta.
“Go-Jek is led by a strong Indonesian management team and has a proven track record of using technology to make life more convenient for Indonesians across the country. This investment lets us partner with a great local champion in Indonesia’s flourishing startup ecosystem, while also deepening our commitment to Indonesia’s internet economy.”
While Google hasn’t revealed the amount of investment it has made in Go-Jek, sources speaking to Reuters say it’s around $100m. Other Go-Jek investors include Tencent and JD.com.
Indonesia is home to 133 million internet users, and Google wants to make sure they’re all aware of its services. Aside from apparently training 60,000 mobile app developers there, it has released a series of apps aimed at growing internet economies like Indonesia. These include Google Go, Google Station, and YouTube Go.