Remco Lupker, the Co-founder of the Indonesian e-commerce pioneer Tokobagus, has passed away today at the age of 49 after battling lung cancer for three years.
Ikhwan Sitorus, the former public relations manager for Tokobagus, told detikINET that Lupker died in his home country the Netherlands at 10:10AM local time.
He left behind his wife and two children.
Lupker’s journey in the Indonesian e-commerce scene began in 2005 when he co-founded the e-classifieds platform Tokobagus with Arnold Egg.
By 2012, the platform has become one of the leading platforms in the archipelago with more than three million registered users and over 1.4 million goods sold on the platform.
The Bali-based startup was then sold to C2C marketplace giant OLX in 2014 and was rebranded as OLX Indonesia. OLX Indonesia then merged with Tokobagus’ biggest competitor Berniaga in early 2015.
In February 2016, Jakarta-based C2C marketplace Jualo announced that Lupker joined the company as a Senior Industry Advisor.
Jualo is often portrayed as a competitor to OLX, which has been a dominant player in the C2C marketplace segment for awhile.
The startup raised a “multi-million US Dollar” Series A funding round led by Susquehanna International Group (SIG) in August 2016.
In his personal Twitter handle, Jualo founder Chaim Fetter wrote “RIP Remco Lupker” followed by a few other tweets mourning his colleague’s passing.
RIP Remco Lupker
— Chaim Fetter (@chaimfetter) May 2, 2018
Image Credit: Jualo