Despite being a company focused largely on South-east Asian markets, GoJek’s India push has been pretty significant. That significance has now become more prominent, as the company announces acquisition of AirCTO. AirCTO helps companies hire top talents from across India, using a mix of AI and humans.
As part of the deal, the AirCTO team will be joining GOJEK with immediate effect and will be looking into building products that accelerate the recruitment of talent for GOJEK. The company already has significant R&D presence in India through previous acquisitions in the space. This acquisition aligns with GOJEK’s focus on hiring premium talent to support the development of its ‘Super App’.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
The company also announced the opening of a new office in Gurgaon, for which GOJEK plans to hire 100 employees aiming to reach a total headcount of 500 in India by the year-end. As part of its expansion plans, the company is also considering further acquisitions in India.
Prior to AirCTO, data from Crunchbase suggests 3 other acquisitions for GoJEK in India. These were largely done to form an offshored R&D division. In addition, the company’s group CTO is Ajey Gore, an Indian hire working primarily from company’s Bangalore R&D office.
In a blog for the AirCTO announcement, GoJEK also mentioned that the company is “actively interested in companies with complementary expertise in engineering, design and product management”, signalling possibly more acquisitions in the country going forward.