Indonesia’s ride-hailing app safety a growing concern

Mobile ride-hailing applications are modernising and enhancing urban transportation systems in Southeast Asia. In Indonesia, 250 million people have embraced the use of apps such as Grab, Go-Jek and Uber, according to a 2018 ecommerceIQ (eIQ) - a market research brand dedicated to ecommerce - report.

16 February 2018

Southeast Asian tech sector bursting past expectations

Southeast Asian giants Grab and Go-Jek certainly have taken the a large share of recent headlines. Thanks to their dominant position in both local and international markets, the ridesharing giants have set tongues wagging not just within the ASEAN region, but also around the world thanks to the billions they’ve raised.

17 December 2017

ASEAN Roundup: November 13 - November 19, 2017

Much ado about the 31st ASEAN SummitThe highlight for this week was the conclusion of the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit and Related Meetings which began last week.

19 November 2017

Can Go-Jek challenge Grab and Uber?

The two titans of ride-sharing, home-grown Grab and American import Uber, have been doing battle for a few years. They have become fierce rivals and though Grab has taken a lead in Southeast Asia, Uber will likely not go down without a fight.There’s a good reason to stay and fight. The ride-sharing market in Southeast Asia is projected to be worth 13.1 billion dollars by 2025.

18 November 2017

Startup funding exploding in Southeast Asia

It’s no secret that Southeast Asia has become a hotbed for tech startups. Since 2012, there have been a number of tech companies that have become household names and changed the lives of people in Southeast Asia.

31 October 2017

Can Southeast Asians survive without mobile apps?

Apps. They’re everywhere.They’ve permeated so many facets of our lives that we probably don’t even realise how dependent we’ve become on the dozens (or hundreds) of little icons littered across our phones and tablets.This explosion of app-dependence isn’t surprising, by any means. The Southeast Asian region is home to some of the most tech-savvy people in the world. Over half of the region’s population, 339.2 million people to be exact, are connected to the internet.

22 October 2017

Go-Jek to expand beyond Indonesia

Go-Jek, Indonesia’s first billion-dollar startup, is looking to expand its ride-hailing services to three to four countries in Southeast Asia, escalating its rivalry with Grab and Uber Technologies.Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer Nadiem Makarim didn’t specify the countries or services that Go-Jek will target, but said in an interview they will be places with a large population and where cash rules, hinting that Go-Jek’s digital payment service will be a key part of its push into new ma

2 October 2017

Uber reviews Asia dealings amid US criminal probe

Uber Technologies, facing a federal probe into whether it broke laws against overseas bribery, has embarked on a review of its Asia operations and notified US officials about payments made by staff in Indonesia, people with knowledge of the matter said.As the Justice Department looks into a possible criminal case, Uber is working with law firm O’Melveny & Myers to examine records of foreign payments and interview employees, raising questions about why some potentially problematic busi

20 September 2017

Southeast Asian unicorns continue to sweep the region

When it comes to ride-hailing applications in Southeast Asia, Uber and Grab are just as well-known as SVoD (Subscription Video on Demand) service providers like Netflix and iflix. Apart from being at the top of their industry within the region, both sets of rivals share another thing in common, where one is a homegrown business while the other came from the US. There are many challenges faced by Uber in sustaining its application in Southeast Asia.

12 September 2017

Asia's taxi companies give banks real competition

In Southeast Asia, mobile banking is taking on a whole new meaning. Last week, Grab, one of the region's top ride-hailing companies, announced that users of its mobile application can start sending credits – used to pay for rides – to each other. By the end of the year, they'll be able to use those credits at more than one thousand restaurants and retailers.

5 September 2017