- Tencent has invested around US$100 million to US$150 million in Indonesian ride-hailing startup Go-Jek, sources have told Reuters.
- In May, TechCrunch reported that Go-Jek had closed a massive US$1.2 billion round, supposedly led by the Chinese internet giant.
- Neither Tencent nor Go-Jek have confirmed the sources’ claims.
Why it matters:
- If Go-Jek is indeed raising a total of US$1.2 billion in this round, this means many other investors are participating alongside Tencent. One of those might be Warburg, which already participated in Go-Jek’s US$550 million round last August, according to Reuter‘s sources.
- China’s tech companies are looking to be part of Southeast Asia’s growth opportunities. Tencent has previously invested in Singapore-based gaming and ecommerce startup Sea, formerly known as Garena, in 2013.
- Another Chinese behemoth, Alibaba, just increased its ownership of ecommerce firm Lazada to 83 percent, spending US$1 billion. Lazada is also based in Singapore and operates in the region.
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