Our mission is to become the world’s largest Internet platform outside of the United States and China. We identify and build proven Internet business models and transfer them to new, underserved or untapped markets where we seek to scale them into market leading online companies. Rocket started in 2007 and has now more than 25,000 employees across its network of companies, which are active in more than 100 countries across six continents.
We help people use their smartphones to get what they need, any place, any time, offering the same world-class user experience in all markets.
At Rocket, we believe the Internet is going further and faster into daily life than anyone imagined. Our goal is to capture the largest possible share of consumer online spending in our markets. We are targeting...
Global mobile users
Transferring proven business models to new, underserved or untapped markets brings its challenges. We adapt to local habits, developing proprietary solutions that meet customers’ needs and circumstances.As part of our global strategy, we have created Regional Internet Groups in Africa, Asia Pacific, Latin America and the Middle East in order to bundle local market and business model insights, facilitate regional commercial, strategic and investment partnerships, in particular with mobile telecommunication providers, enable local recruiting and sourcing and accelerate the regional rollout of our companies.
We as entrepreneurs need to figure out how to adapt to local market conditions in order to accelerate the build-out of local supply chain and logistics networks in emerging market economies across the globe.
We build our own infrastructure to support each step of the e-commerce model. This gives us a competitive advantage, flexibility and speed to market. We operate our own warehouses, our own last-mile delivery fleets and our own private labels. We’re not just building online companies; underneath that, we’re building infrastructure companies that bring a consistent world-class mobile user experience.
We identify proven business models that focus on basic needs. We quickly build companies for these business models using highly standardized and optimized processes and then scale these companies to a leading position in our markets.
Our e-Commerce companies include retail companies in the areas of fashion, general merchandise, home and living, office supplies, food and groceries.
Our marketplace companies seek to displace traditional supply chains by creating venues where buyers and sellers can transact directly. They include real estate and car online classifieds, travel and transport, and food delivery companies.
Our financial technology companies facilitate payments, bring together borrowers and lenders in regions and segments that are underserved by traditional banks. They serve the consumer and small and medium-sized enterprises.
Our travel companies seize opportunities in the rapidly growing online travel and transport sector. They focus currently on vacation packages and online travel booking.
To build this global network of companies, in many complex markets, we have developed a unique platform. Our platform systematizes and accelerates the process of identifying, building and scaling Internet companies. This platform rests on four pillars.
We have more than 25,000 people on the ground in more than 100 countries across six continents. This global infrastructure lets us quickly build companies in complex markets at low marginal cost.
We have developed a set of unique standardized processes that allows us to build and scale new companies in a repeatable and scalable way. We can launch new companies in less than 100 days.
Our proprietary technology gives our companies plug-and-play solutions, so they can focus on their business and local market.
We operate a network of companies. We share best practices and leverage synergies across our network, making our companies even more competitive.
Oliver Samwer was born in Cologne, Germany, in 1972. He holds a degree in business administration from WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management. Upon graduation, Oliver and his two brothers founded Alando.de in 1999. After the sale of Alando.de to eBay Inc., he was Managing Director of eBay, responsible for Germany, Switzerland and Austria. In 2000, Oliver and his two brothers founded Jamba! AG, which was acquired by Verisign Inc. in 2004. In 2007, he founded Rocket Internet. Since 2014, Oliver has served as Rocket’s Chief Executive Officer. He is responsible for strategy development and implementation, business development and investor relations.
Peter Kimpel was born in Freiburg, Germany, in 1968. He holds a degree in business administration from WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management. Upon graduation, Peter began his career with Goldman Sachs as an Analyst at Goldman Sachs International London. Between 1992 and 2014, he held various other positions at Goldman Sachs, including Associate in New York/ San Francisco, Associate and later Vice President at Goldman Sachs in Frankfurt, where he was Managing Director from 2004 to 2006. Subsequently, from 2006 to 2010, Peter worked as Managing Director of Goldman Sachs International London, where he was promoted to Partner in 2010. In 2014, Peter left Goldman Sachs and became Rocket’s Chief Financial Officer. He is responsible for finance, investor relations, legal, risk & compliance and internal audit.
Alexander Kudlich was born in Bonn, Germany in 1980. He studied business administration with a specialization in finance and accounting at the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland from 1999 to 2004 and graduated as Lic.oec.(HSG). In 2005, Alexander received a Master of Arts degree in philosophy from the University College London in the United Kingdom. He also holds a Master of Business Administration from the European School of Management and Technology. In 2005, upon graduation from the University College London, Alexander joined Axel Springer AG as the Assistant of the Chairman and CEO (Dr. Mathias Döpfner). From 2008 to 2011, he worked in various managerial positions in a group company of Axel Springer AG – the zanox.de AG, including as Regional Managing Director for Asia Pacific and Central and Eastern Europe. In 2011, Alexander joined Rocket Internet. As Group Managing Director, he is responsible for operations, product development, technology and resources.