Bengaluru: The leading mobile app developer of Pune, Leftshift, gets acquired by GO-JEK, the fastest courier, transport, and shopping service of Indonesia. The acquisition intends to boost and scale the product development, design and engineering platforms to support Go-JEK’s burgeoning Indonesia operations. Following the acquisition, Leftshift will be operating completely under the Indian arm of Go-JEK. GO-JEK Engineering India, with its operations and 42 staff members are relocating from Pune to GO-JEK’s India headquarters in Bangalore.
As of now, Go-JEK has acquired four Indian startups. Earlier this year, it has acquired Bangalore-based Pianta, a start-up that specialized in on-demand home healthcare services. In August this year, it had also raised over $550 million in a new funding round led by KKR and Warburg Pincus LLC.
Speaking on the acquisition, Sidu Ponnappa, MD, GO-JEK Engineering India says, “Our partnership with Leftshift over the last one year has been an amazing experience - they are arguably among the best mobile app developers in the country. We look forward to their immensely capable team becoming a part of the GO-JEK family”.
Incorporated in 2007 by Sudhanshu Raheja, Leftshift worked with an aim to redefine the way mobile apps are made in India. Since its inception, this bootstrapped startup has quickly gone on to become a mobile development powerhouse by designing and engineering over 200 user-friendly apps for a number of well-known startups and large companies such as Craftsvilla, Practo, Byju's, NH7, CitrusPay, PepperTap, Airtel and Emerson, and has also bagged sophisticated clients such as Ubisoft, Automatic, 9Slides, Stepjockey, Metallica, Phish, BookMyShow and many more. Going forward, GO-JEK intends to continue shoring up its India operations as it eyes more talent for key processes like data science, mobile, security and DevOps.
Sudhanshu Raheja, Founder & CEO, Leftshift asserts, “The opportunities and challenges at GO-JEK are beyond thrilling. Being fully aware of its operations, we immediately knew that our resources and technology would certainly complement and accelerate product development at GO-JEK. Moreover, the fact that our work would help millions of GO-JEK mobile app users in Indonesia is something we are very excited about as well”.