Indonesian virtual personal assistant service YesBoss announced on Tuesday, March 15, that it has acquired HeyKuya, a Philippine-based personal assistant service, for an undisclosed amount.
The Indonesian firm said the acquisition is part of its plan to expand its regional presence. HeyKuya, meanwhile, will gain operational expertise and efficient technology by being part of the YesBoss Group, the company said.
HeyKuya was founded in October 2015, built and backed by Machine Ventures. It provides services ranging from food delivery to travel booking through SMS to over 15,000 users. The team handles more than 500 requests per day.
Shahab Shabibi, founder and chief executive officer of HeyKuya and now managing director of YesBoss Philippines, said: ?With YesBoss, we found a partner who has the same passion. This enables values as a company.?
YesBoss now become the largest on-demand personal assistance service in both Indonesia and Philippines. Within just eight months since its launch in June 2015, YesBoss has also gained rapid momentum with over 100,000 processed requests.
Irzan Raditya, chief executive officer of YesBoss, said, “[the] acquisition opens the opportunity to grow the base of satisfied customers on a regional level.”
?Our current and future users will also be benefited whenever they are traveling around Southeast Asia because they will get the same level of service from their virtual personal assistant,? explained Irzan.
Managing partner of 500 Startups and YesBoss? investor Khailee Ng said, “I am really looking forward to what YesBoss and HeyKuya can achieve together because I see that the on-demand assistance wave is taking Southeast Asia — not only Indonesia — by storm and this collaboration is a testament to that.?
Irzan said the next goal is to achieve growth by leveraging the quality of service in handling people?s demands. ?Conversational commerce in Southeast Asia is the next big thing and we believe that one of the keys to win this space in Southeast Asia is by having collaboration.?