Originally posted on Gigaom:
Rocket Internet can fairly be described as the European tech scene’s pantomime villain. The Samwer Brothers’ incubator-slash-accelerator has a wide variety of companies in its stable, and few are what you might call “original”.
You know Zappos? Zalando is Rocket’s quite-similar offering. Groupon? CityDeal. Airbnb? Wimdu. Pinterest? Pinspire. Fab? Bamarang. DropGifts is the latest – check it out; it may remind you of Wrapp. The list goes on.
In an entertaining rant earlier this month, Jason Calacanis derided the Samwers as “copycat thieves” (one of the milder phrases he used).