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共享出行平台Grab收购支付创企iKaaz

本周,Uber在东南亚的主要竞争对手Grab宣布收购印度创业公司iKaaz,继续发展移动支付战略。

交易完成后,iKaaz部分工程团队将进入Grab在班加罗尔的办公室。

目前,Grab在新加坡、雅加达、胡志明市、北京和西雅图均设有工程师团队。该公司声称已经成为东南亚的顶级骑行应用程序,拥有更多的7000万次下载量。

东南亚的消费者总数已经超过6亿。一份来自谷歌的报告显示,预计到2025年东南亚地区的的共享乘车产额将达到每年201亿美元,而2017年这个数字只有51亿美元。

iKaaz由前诺基亚工程师Soma Sundaram于2012年创立。其产品包括面向在线销售商的云平台、面向零售商的销售点硬件以及移动钱包解决方案。收购之后,只有以消费者为中心的移动钱包产品 - MOWA才会通过Grab拥有的部门继续经营。

据悉,Grab看中的可能主要是iKaaz的PoS和移动支付技术,并希望借此发展自己的GrabPay服务。 Grab从2016年开始拓展支付平台业务,并在去年斥资1亿美元收购了印度尼西亚初创公司Kudo。

如今,除了支付乘车费用,用户还可以用GrabPay进行其他支付。比如,去年11月消费者就已经可以用GrabPay在新加坡的多家商铺进行支付。如今,该公司正在寻求扩大马来西亚、印度尼西亚和东南亚其他地区市场。

 

Grab, Uber’s main rival in Southeast Asia, is continuing to develop its mobile payment strategy after it announced the acquisition of India-based startup iKaaz.

The deal — which is undisclosed — will see iKaaz’s engineering team join the Bangalore-based engineering office which Grab opened last year. The firm declined to say how many new recruits are moving over from iKaaz, but a spokesperson disclosed that Grab currently has 75 engineers in Bangalore with plans to grow the number to 200 before this year.

Grab also has engineering teams in Singapore, Jakarta, Ho Chi Minh City, Beijing and Seattle. The company claims it is Southeast Asia’s top ride-hailing app with more 70 million downloads.

Southeast Asia has a cumulative population of more than 600 million consumers. Ride-hailing in the region is predicted to grow into a $20.1 billion per year industry by 2025 up from $5.1 billion in 2017, according to a report co-authored by Google.

iKaaz was founded in 2012 by former Nokia engineer Soma Sundaram. Its products include a cloud-based platform for online sellers, point of sale hardware for retail merchants and a mobile wallet solution. Following the acquisition, only the consumer-focused mobile wallet product — MOWA — will live on via a Grab-owned unit.

“The existing Mowa wallet that serves the India market will continue as a separate company with its own leadership and staffing. iKaaz’s existing client-facing business will be separated into a separate entity, which will continue to support its merchant and bank contracts in India,” a Grab spokesperson explained.

Grab seems likely to use iKaaz’s product knowledge — particularly its POS and mobile payment experience — to develop its nascent GrabPay service. Grab began working on its payment platform in 2016 and last year it acquired Indonesian startup Kudo for up to $100 million to boost its offline network.

The company has moved beyond merely processing customer rides using credit cards, with GrabPay becoming a mobile payment app that can be used outside of Grab’s transportation services. Support for payment via GrabPay rolled out to Singapore-based merchants in November, initially among street food vendors, and the company is looking to expand that effort across Malaysia, Indonesia and other parts of Southeast Asia this year.


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