Gojek founder to join Indonesia cabinet

Source: World Economic Forum

From founding a startup to being part of the Indonesia cabinet, 35-year-old Nadiem Makarim has certainly come a long way. The Founder and CEO of ride-hailing and e-payment giant Gojek has announced his resignation from the company his started to join newly re-elected President Joko Widodo’s team.While his role would only be announced by the president later this week, local media are speculating that Makarim could be heading to the new digital economy or education ministry.

Singapore-born Makarim co-founded online fashion store Zalora before joining payment service provider Kartuku as Chief Innovation Officer. In 2010, he founded Gojek, which has become a super app valued at more than US$10 billion.

While renowned for ride-hailing, Gojek also offers more than 20 services ranging from food delivery and groceries to house cleaning and massage. It also has a cashless digital payment platform called GoPay.