$4.6B: Indonesia-based “super app” Gojek — a single platform that provides a wide range of services like ride-hailing, food delivery, and payments — raised $1.2B. The funding round takes the company's total disclosed funding to just under $4.6B. Clients can see some of Gojek’s competitors on the CB Insights platform.
1.2B people: The Indian government is reportedly planning to launch a centralized database that would create detailed profiles of its 1.2B residents. The proposal for the database is said to include bringing together data — like someone’s job, where they live, and their marital status — into a searchable format that automatically updates.
9,765 miles: Air Tahiti Nui completed the longest non-stop commercial flight by distance. The flight flew between Tahiti and Paris, traveling a distance of 9,765 miles over the course of almost 16 hours. The journey would normally include a layover in the US, but that part of the trip was skipped due to restrictions related to the coronavirus pandemic.
$1M: Edwin Catmull and Patrick Hanrahan, two early 3D graphic pioneers who worked together at animation studio Pixar, won the $1M Turing Award — a prestigious prize named after British computer pioneer Alan Turing and given out for contributions to computing. Their work reshaped filmmaking and helped pave the way for other advancements, including the recent rise of augmented and virtual reality, as discussed in our 2020 tech trends to watch report.