When news broke that Gojek co-founder Nadiem Makarim was stepping down as CEO, my messaging apps got a little busier than usual.

It looks like the CEO jumped ship: Gojek is locked in a heated battle with Grab, so the timing of Makarim’s departure isn’t great.

Being part of the cabinet and scaling Indonesia is all good – it could allow Makarim to make a bigger impact, and founders love that.

Makarim’s seemingly “sudden exit” and putting group president Andre Soelistyo and co-founder Kevin Aluwi in charge as co-CEOs could result in a bumpy transition for Gojek.

But this may not even be accurate, as several sources told me that this was all discussed and planned well ahead of time.

Makarim will be in a better position to help Gojek because politics and tech do intertwine.

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