It seems some Internet business ventures could be regulated by law and others could be forbidden by law.
YepDoc Brazil (copycat of ZocDoc USA) scheduling service and medical/clinical records online seems it was forbidden by law. Who knows?
Not sure what really happened with DropGifts
EasyTaxi Argentina could be or is going to be regulated by law and will be an inviable business model, like SaferTaxi
Just read a new article about EasyTaxi in Argentina (Diario La Nación)
I do not think women will like the EasyTaxi application sending their cell phone / smartphone numbers to the taxi driver or taxi driver will not desire to pay any commission to both the agency they work and to EasyTaxi or SaferTaxi at the same time.
The article says: "Así, verá en su pantalla el nombre completo del conductor, foto, número de celular, modelo del auto y patente. Además, puede seguir en tiempo real el recorrido que el taxi hace hasta el domicilio desde el cual se pidió el servicio. También el taxista recibirá los datos del usuario, como su nombre y número de teléfono. ."
This article talks about " startup losses of under €250 Million for their first three years of operation."
Please see by your own Rocket Internet Ventures in Brazil
HelloFood http://www.alexa.com/siteinfo/hellofood.com.br (called FoodPanda in other countries)
EasyTaxi http://www.alexa.com/siteinfo/easytaxi.com operating also in several countries
GlossyBox, closed last year. http://www.alexa.com/siteinfo/glossybox.com.br
YepDoc ( closed? ) http://www.alexa.com/siteinfo/yepdoc.com.br
DropGifts ( closed? ) http://www.alexa.com/siteinfo/dropgifts.com.br
Who is paying all that fest? AB Kinnevik ?
One Journalist said, last November 2013 when I told her about "Glossybox .... some international branches shut down" :
" I don't know if the site stats tell the whole story but I am not surprised to hear that some businesses in the Rocket empire are not flourishing. "
other Journalist asked me about: "Start-up companies in general aren't profitable but hope to be at one stage."
I replied: That is exactly the problem. Their start-up companies are not designed to be profitable, and as they are copycats of U.S. companies, the main purpose is to be sold to the original company they had copycatted.
They always make unrealistic projections of sales: "For the Brazilian Amazon clone Linio the Samwers offer a return of 12 percent in 2017. The Amazon model generates 1.1 percent."
I suspect no one of the cloned companies by Samwer Bros. are really profitable or sustainable for the next 5 years, to until 2019 at least; and as they will not be able to sell to the original company they had copycatted, as they failed to sell Affinitas GmbH. to eHarmony Inc. last March 2012 and as the Management Team can not innovate in nothing because they are not entrepreneurs, they will collapse. All cloned companies seem like bubbles.