Go-Jek co-founder Michelangelo Moran leaves the company

Go-Jek personnel (Image courtesy: Tech in Asia)
One of Go-Jek’s original co-founders, Michelangelo Moran, has left the start-up.

He announced his decision in a Facebook post today. An excerpt:

of its type in Indonesia with a billion dollar valuation, an achievement some can only dream about.

Go-Jek is certainly Indonesia’s most talked-about start-up to date. It’s the only local start-up with a confirmed valuation above $1 billion – Indonesia’s first unicorn.

It started in 2010 as simple website that lets you order a motorcycle taxi by phone. Since then it has quickly evolved into an on-demand empire that spans services as diverse as transportation, food delivery, cleaning, massages, and many more.

With its fast growth came problems. Go-Jek has had to deal with hackers and backlash from traditional motorcycle taxi drivers. It’s even had to face criticism from its own partners.

Michelangelo is not the only core team member to leave. Alamanda Shantika, who joined Go-Jek in 2014 to lead the engineering team, announced her departure a few weeks ago.

Go-Jek’s spokesperson could not be reached for comment.

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