i stand corrected on the german history as my memory lapsed on a recent article.
as for pcln,, i have mostly been bullish for well over a year except for their appeal to people looking for discount,, those needing a discount will be the lost customers first either thru finding something else or simply inability to purchase because of price point. - AWAY appeals to me because its like the services i use/used for years to avoid societies trash while im on vacation.
The Samwer trio—Marc, Oliver, and Alexander—have already cloned the likes of eBay (EBAY), Zappos, Pinterest, Fab, Airbnb, and Groupon (GRPN), and made more than $1 billion in the process. Most of their targets were smaller, U.S.-focused startups with limited resources at the time the Samwers discovered them. Amazon is a global company with an $88 billion market capitalization and plenty of lawyers around the world. The Seattle-based company declined to comment.
The brothers’ formula has worked in the past, thanks to Rocket Internet, their well-funded clone factory, which has offices in at least 20 countries to facilitate speedy and aggressive international rollouts. In 2010, for example, Rocket enabled the brothers to replicate Groupon in 14 countries in just five months. “It was a marathon of short sprints—it was like we had a United Nations of Entrepreneurs in a race car,” Oliver Samwer said of Rocket’s Groupon clone rollout. “I never even counted the number of employees we had.”
In February, Oliver Samwer told Bloomberg Businessweek that he doesn’t see anything wrong with launching pixel-by-pixel copies. “There’s a certain humbleness,” he explained. “First you need to learn from people who are more experienced. … From there, you can start innovating yourself.”