Go-Jek's Singapore office to focus on data science for now

Indonesian ride-hailing firm Go-Jek will use the Singapore office to focus on data science for the moment. The local office began operations in January and is located at AXA Tower in Shenton Way.

According to the Straits Times, Singapore was chosen to accommodate Go-Jek's data science operations due to its huge pool of talent and technological infrastructure. It has 20 employees in the local office, with 16 of them being data scientists.

Besides having the intention to hire more data scientists and engineers in the future, Go-Jek also aims to make use of the large amount of data it has to build intelligent systems, as reported by the Straits Times. The company's VP of data science, Misrab Faizullah-Khan, said the intelligent systems are used to oversee issues such as surge pricing and more accurate allocation of commuters to riders and vice-versa. Faizullah-Khan leads the Singapore office.

Marketing has reached out to Go-Jek for comment.

Having derived its name from ojek, the Indonesian term for motorcycle taxis, Go-Jek operates in over 25 cities in Indonesia with more than 250,000 riders. The firm also intends to provide concierge services in Indonesia such as food deliveries and cleaning services, reported the Straits Times.

Last month, it raised SG$1.7 billion in its latest round of funding led by Chinese internet giant Tencent. In 2016, Go-Jek secured US$550 million in new funding from investors including KKR, Warburg Pincus, Farallon Capital, existing shareholders and other international investors.

It also acquired Bengaluru based Pianta, which specialised in home service, marking the company's first foray into the health care sector. Additionally, Go-Jek widened its range of offerings in Jakarta last year with the inclusion of Go-Med, an online medical service.