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Ride-hailers Grab and Go-Jek wage first full-on war in 2019

Two of Southeast Asia's top startups are finally fighting for the same turf

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SINGAPORE/JAKARTA -- Southeast Asian ride-hailers Grab and Go-Jek have both topped 100 million app downloads. They have both drawn investments from some of the world's biggest companies, making them two of the region's most valuable startups. Even their CEOs both went to Harvard Business School.

Now, in 2019, they are going head-to-head with ambitious expansion plans across the region, not only in their core ride-hailing businesses but with offers of extra products and services to their transport clients.

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