Now that Grab and Go-Jek are in a faceoff on a regional scale, here's a look at how Southeast Asia's two biggest unicorns – and their investors – could be shaping the local digital economies and startup ecosystems
When Uber decided to sell its Southeast Asia business to local rival Grab March this year, it left the region virtually facing a ride-hailing monopoly. Except in one market: Indonesia, where the home-grown Go-Jek has its grip firmly on the region’s largest and most populous country.
Indonesia’s first and most valuable unicorn, Go-Jek has since also begun expanding into other Southeast Asian markets. It's said to be valued up to US$10 billion in a coming round of funding, just below Grab’s US$11 billion tag. Both startups are backed by some of the world’s...
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