Opinion: How Jokowi became Indonesia's accidental tech star


Jokowi smiles at the media upon arrival after his inauguration for his second term, at Merdeka Palace in Jakarta, Indonesia. — AP

When political outsider Joko Widodo was first sworn in as Indonesia’s president five years ago, a little company called PT Go-Jek Indonesia was barely known. Their rise together since then has broken a technology barrier that was holding back the world’s fourth-most-populous country and promises the chance for a better future.

Jokowi, as he’s known, is starting his second term with the dramatic, yet pragmatic, appointment to his cabinet of Nadiem Makarim, the chief executive officer and co-founder of what’s now called Gojek, which has gone from ride-hailing novelty to one of the engines of tech transformation in Indonesia.

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