Rocket Internet Growth Opportunities Corp.
- Technology, Ecommerce, Software, FinTech, Healthcare, Artificial Intelligence
Oliver Samwer, our Chairman , is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Rocket Internet. Mr. Samwer co-founded Rocket Internet in 2007, and played an integral role in taking the company public at a valuation of over €4.0 billion in October 2014. Under Mr. Samwer’s leadership, Rocket Internet has invested in more than 300 companies in over 50 countries, providing a range of technology and technology-adjacent services from payments processing to takeaway food delivery. Prior to co-founding Rocket Internet, Mr. Samwer co-founded Jamba AG (acquired by VeriSign, Inc. in 2004) and Alando.de AG (acquired by eBay Inc. in 1999). In addition to his work at Rocket Internet SE, Mr. Samwer served in a range of capacities at GFC Global Founders Capital GmbH, Rocket Internet’s venture arm. Mr. Samwer has served as a member of the board of directors of Westwing Group AG until February 2019 and HelloFresh SE until June 2018, and serves as a member of the board of directors of several private companies. Mr. Samwer holds a business degree from WHU—Otto Beisheim School of Management, Vallendar.
Soheil Mirpour, our Chief Executive Officer and Director , is a member of the Management Board of Rocket Internet, a position he has held since March 2020. Prior to his current role as a member of the Management Board, Mr. Mirpour worked as a consultant advising clients, including Rocket Internet, since August 2018, and previously served as the Senior Vice President of Investments of Rocket Internet, leading the company’s efforts in Growth and Private Equity investments, since May 2017. Before joining Rocket Internet, he worked in Private Equity at Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR) since January 2016 and prior to that as an Investment Banking Analyst at Morgan Stanley since July 2015. Mr. Mirpour started his career at UniCredit Bank as a banker in 2008. He was a Scholar of the Foundation of German Academic Scholarship (Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes) and holds a business degree from WHU—Otto Beisheim School of Management in Vallendar, Germany.
Donald E. Stalter Jr., our Chief Financial Officer , has been managing the North American portfolio for GFC Global Founders Capital GmbH in various capacities since January 2017, where he is currently responsible for investments such as Brex, Inc., Deel, Inc., TherapyMatch, Inc. (Headway), Hyper Labs, Inc. (HyperScience), Karat Financial Technologies, Inc. and Kalshi, Inc. Prior to that, Mr. Stalter worked with software entrepreneurs and investors on data, operations and fundraising efforts since 2013. From 2011 to 2013, he worked in business development at Airbnb, Inc., and worked at Groupon, Inc. from 2009 to 2011. Earlier in his career, Mr. Stalter worked for Kennet Partners in London and at Credit Suisse in San Francisco. Mr. Stalter is a member of the boards of directors of various private companies. He holds an A.B. from the University of Chicago.