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Bengaluru-based healthcare startup Pianta acquired by GO-JEK

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Indonesia’s startup GO-JEK has acquired Bengaluru-based Pianta, a marketplace for home healthcare services, for an undisclosed sum. GO-JEK, backed by Sequoia Capital and Yuri Milner-backed DST Global, also delivers food and grocery items.

The acquisition is expected to strengthen the presence of the Indonesian startup’s foray into the healthcare space.

“GO-JEK is moving to launch an on-demand healthcare product which might have on demand delivery and logistics issues, which is where Pianta forte is,” Sidu Ponnappa, Managing Director, GOJEK Engineering India.

In August 2016, the company became the first Unicorn in Indonesia when it raised $550 million from the likes of KKR, Warburg Pincus, Farallon Capital, Capital Group Private Markets. In India, GO-JEK doesn’t have any services but has an engineering centre in Bengaluru where it employs 60 people.

“Pianta’s core team comes from Ola and Flipkart and their expertise in the logistics and payments sector is well aligned with our goals and what we are planning to achieve in the coming quarters,” says Ponnappa.

“India has a great pool of technology and product development minds. The Bangalore office plays a strategic role in accessing talent for us across all spheres of product delivery, development, architecture, user experience, and quality control,” says Ponnappa.

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