Gojek CEO Nadiem Makarim chose a career in politics, leaving the ride-hailing company he built without its inspiring leader. Gojek claims its balanced power structure is unique, but its arch-rival Grab is always seeking weaknesses to exploit
Nadine Freischlad, Jon Russell
Makarim is the youngest Indonesian minister in history after being put in charge of education and culture
He took Gojek from call centre for motorbike taxi drivers to super app company approaching a $10-billion valuation with more than 3,000 employees
Gojek has scaled through smart acquisitions of partners that also brought entrepreneurial talent—their ability to operate autonomously will be tested by the CEO’s exit
Gojek vs Grab has always been intense—with the CEOs making the rivalry personal. These post-Makarim rumours of a merger would’ve been unthinkable not too long ago
If you thought the battle between Southeast Asia’s ride-hailing leader Grab and its Indonesia-headquartered foe Gojek couldn’t get any more intense, it has.
Gojek pushed its business across Southeast Asia last year, and Singapore-based Grab has spent the last two years trying to unseat its rival in its native Indonesia.
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