Admiring Go-Jek, Google's Founder wants to try GoMassage

Translated from “Kagumi Gojek, Pendiri Google Mau Coba Pesan GoMassage by Hani Nur Fajrina, CNN Indonesia, 28 December 2015


Google’s founder, Sergey Brin, who currently handles research and development projects at Google X said he was impressed by Nadiem Makarim’s Go-Jek application.

He admitted to know Go-Jek’s business model in Indonesia after the Minister of Communications and Information Rudiantara introduced a number of Indonesian startups and e-commerce enterprises to the tech community in Silicon Valley in October.

“Players like Go-Jek already play a major role in the ecosystem. Google is also very excited to do so,” said Brin after meeting Rudiantara in the Kemenkominfo building in Jakarta on Monday (28/12).

At the same time, MCIT Rudiantara said Indonesia will become the country with the largest digital ecosystem in Southeast Asia. This could be achieved because of the growing role of local players in the area of e-commerce, like Go-Jek, that improve quality of life by increasing efficiency and allowing people to buy daily necessities.

“Small things like buying food and sending packages can now be done through Go-Jek which makes us lazier to get out of the house. Additionally there is now also the GoMassage service,” said the minister who is often jokingly called Chief RA.

Hearing this, Brin immediately responded “Really, a massage? I have to install it right now!” He also expressed his admiration towards Go-Jek’s ability to predict future trends as more applications provide similar on-demand services.

“Next year, internet usage on smart phones in Indonesia will grow further as it is supported by the presence of useful applications such as Go-Jek,” said Brin.

Brin has been in Indonesia for a vacation in Raja Ampat, Papua, for the last few days. He made a visit to Jakarta to meet with Tourism Minister Arief Yahya. While meeting with Yahya, Brin admitted he was fascinated with the natural landscape of Raja Ampat.

With Rudiantara, Brin also discussed the testing of Project Loon, Google’s attempt to spread Internet access in eastern Indonesia. The technical tests will utilize the 900 MHz spectrum owned by mobile operators Telkomsel, Indosat, and XL Axiata.

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