Sidu Ponnappa

Head of India and Member of the Board at Go-Jek


Sidu is an engineer by training and a manager at a high-technology company by profession. He is a programmer for pleasure and has been building software for fun and profit for nearly 30 years. Sidu's last startup, C42 Engineering, was acquired in 2015 by GO-JEK, one of the fastest-growing startups in the world and Indonesia's first unicorn, growing from ~500 orders/day to ~7 million orders/day (14,000x growth) in 4 years, amounting to nearly $10B in GMV. He served on the Board of Directors of GO-JEK and was Head of GO-JEK India from 2015 to 2019. He has deep experience creating high-performance engineering and product organizations in India and South East Asia that can ship beautiful products at a decacorn scale. He's a student of hypergrowth, and post-acquisition by GO-JEK and helped grow his 35 member startup team into a 700 member product and engineering org across 3 countries. He is also a trustee of the Emerging Technology Trust, an non-profit he helped found in 2010 that supports the Indian open source community, and runs three of the largest tech conferences in the country.