Indonesian bike hailing app Go-Jek has acquired Pune-based mobile application developer, Leftshift for an undisclosed amount to strengthen its product development, design, and engineering divisions. Leftshift specializes in designing and engineering mobile applications for popular startups such as BookMyShow and Walnut.
This is the fourth Indian startup acquisition by the Indonesian unicorn and the second this year. In August, it had acquired Bangalore-based Pianta, a startup that specialized in on-demand home healthcare services.
LeftShift was started in 2007 by Sudhanshu Raheja and Abhinit Tiwari. Since its inception, the bootstrapped company has designed and engineered over 200 apps for a number of well-known startups and large companies including Craftsvilla, Practo, Byju’s, NH7, CitrusPay, PepperTap, Airtel, and Emerson.
As part of the acquisition, LeftShift’s 42 employees will relocate to Bangalore and be a part of Go-Jek Engineering India. GO-JEK Engineering India focuses on product innovation, mining data and crafting consumer experiences for its parent company.
Commenting on the development, Sudhanshu Raheja, Founder, and CEO, Leftshift said, “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.”
With this acquisition, the India headcount for Go-Jek will swell from 60 to well over 100.