On-demand service provider of transport and multiple services Go-Jek, has acquired AirCTO, a Bengaluru- based AI recruitment platform, along with opening a second engineering and product development centre in Gurugram.
Sidu Ponnappa, MD India at Go-Jek stated, “I’m super thrilled to have AirCTO’s talented team join us. The team will use technology to help us scale up our hiring processes. Finding quality talent is always a challenge, and Atif Haider and team are here to find technology-based solutions that will help us to overcome this challenge.”
As part of the deal, the AirCTO team will be joining Go-Jek with immediate effect. The terms of the deal were not disclosed.
The acquisition aligns with Go-Jek's focus on hiring premium talent to support the development of its Super App. This year, Go-Jek plans to hire 100 engineers for its new Gurugram office to reach a total headcount of 500 in India by the year-end.
Sidu added that the firm’s investment in Gurugram underlines its commitment to growing the GOJEK India story. He added that its hyper-growth journey demands talent who are willing to take risks, fail, learn and continue to scale a company that aims to solve everyday problems for Southeast Asia. With operations underway in Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam, the firm will now consider whether further acquisitions are needed as we seek to bring in entrepreneurial teams who can help us develop the multi-service business model that makes Go-Jek a leader in Southeast Asia.
Atif Haider, Founder, AirCTO, stated, “At AirCTO, we’ve focused on the pain points technology firms experience as they seek to find talent that fits their requirements. We believe that recruiting as an industry needs a major upheaval, and we started AirCTO with this in mind. Over the past three years, we’ve helped a range of startups and corporates source qualified candidates for critical technology roles. We were in talks with a number of other tech giants, but we found Go-Jek to be the best fit, as we share similar DNA - something that’s really important for us. We intend to use our prowess in recruitment to contribute to the hyper-growth Go-Jek is currently experiencing across Southeast Asia.”
The Indonesian-headquartered company is actively interested in companies with complementary expertise in engineering, design and product management. The team is looking to set up product divisions of Go-Food, Go-Jek's largest India-based product team, at the Gurugram office.