Germany’s Clone Kings Lose Yet Another Key Executive

Last week we broke the exclusive story that Rocket Internet, the incubator in Berlin best known as the epicenter of Germany’s clone/copycat startup culture had hit the rocks. It recently lost at least 20 of its key staff – including at least two CTOs. The timing is bad for Rocket’s founders, the three Samwer brothers (Oliver, Marc and Alexander) who are understood to be raising at least a billion dollar financing round, possibly from DST, designed to clone every successful US startup. It’s been confirmed that even Rocket’s MD and key founder Christian Weiss has left.

Now local tech blog Deutsche Startups has confirmed that long time member of the Samwer’s ‘praetorian guard’ Florian Heinemann looks likely to leave “within the next three months”.