Rocket Internet Growth Opportunities Corp. is a newly incorporated blank check company incorporated as a Cayman Islands exempted company and incorporated for the purpose of effecting a merger, share exchange, asset acquisition, share purchase, reorganization or similar business combination with one or more businesses, which we refer to as our initial business combination.
Soheil Mirpour Chief Executive Officer and Director
Soheil Mirpour 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 Stalter Chief Financial Officer and Director
Donald Stalter 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., Cedar.ai, Inc., Culture Amp Pty Ltd, Deel, Inc., FamPay, Inc., Mothership Technologies, 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.
Oliver Samwer Chairman and Director
Oliver Samwer is 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 eBayInc. in 1999). In addition to his work at Rocket Internet SE, Mr. Samwer has 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.
Marcus Englert serves as an industry advisor for Digital and e-Commerce at TRITON Partners, a position he has held since 2016. In this role, Mr. Englert currently serves as chairman of the board of European Directories Group (EDSA), a leading European local search provider, and as member of the board of Sunweb Group, a leading European online tour operator. He also serves as senior partner and managing director at Texas Atlantic Capital (since 2011), a group of media and ecommerce venture capital funds, and as senior advisor and managing director at Solon Management Consulting GmbH &Co. KG (since 2011). Mr. Englert has held board positions at Rocket Internet SE (chairman of the supervisory board) since 2014 and Zattoo International AG (member of the supervisory board) since 2015. Prior to that, he served as deputy chairman of the supervisory board of Sixt Leasing AG as chairman of the supervisory board of Media Broadcast GmbH (part of TDF Group) and as chairman of the supervisory board of Real Time Technology AG. Prior to that, he held various leading positions in the media industry for more than 12 years. Mr. Englert holds a Master degree in Physics (Dipl. Phys.) from the University of Munich as well as a PhD in nuclear physics from the European Center for Nuclear Research, CERN in Geneva, Switzerland. Furthermore, Mr. Englert holds an MBA from the European Institute for Business Affairs, INSEAD, in Fontainebleau, France.
Norbert Lang is a management consultant and the chief executive officer of Scito Invest GmbH, a position he has held since 2018. Prior to that, Mr. Lang served as Chief Financial Officer of United Internet AG for over 20 years. He currently serves as a member of a number of supervisory boards, including 1&1 Telecommunication SE (since 2015), 1&1 Drillisch AG (since 2015) and Rocket Internet SE (since 2015). Prior to that, Mr. Lang was a member of the supervisory board of Hi-Media S.A., united-domains AG, GMX & WEB.DE Mail & Media SE, 1&1 Telecommunication Holding SE. Mr. Lang was also a member of the advisory board of Versatel Telecommunications GmbH.
Pierre Louette is the Chief Executive Officer of Les Echos-Le Parisien Group, the media branch of the LVMH Group, a role he has held since 2018. In addition, he has been a member of the supervisory board of Rocket Internet SE since 2016 and a member of the audit committee of the Réunion des Musées Nationaux since 2017. Prior to that, Mr. Louette served in several other management positions. He was deputy Chief Executive Officer at Orange group from 2010 to 2018, chairman and chief executive officer at Agence France Presse (AFP) from 2003 to 2010, he co-managed Europatweb, the internet investment fund created by Bernard Arnault, when he joined LVMH and Group Arnault from 2000 to 2003, held various positions, such as general secretary and executive vice president for communication, at France Televisions from 1995 to 1996 and served as executive advisor on communication and media issues in the French prime minister’s office under Edouard Balladur from 1993 to 1995. Mr. Louette began his career at the National Audit Office (Cour des Comptes). Mr. Louette holds a degree from the Paris Institute of Political Sciences, a law degree from the Sorbonne and is a graduate from the Ecole Nationale d’Administration.
Aneel Ranadivé is an American businessman, entrepreneur and the founding and managing partner of Soma Capital, a position he has held since 2015. Through Soma Capital, he has invested into companies such as Rappi, Inc., Cruise LLC, ScriptDash Inc. (Alto Pharmacy), Rippling Payments, Inc., Razorpay Software Private Limited and Ironclad, Inc.. He is also part of the group holding the majority interest in the NBA team Sacramento Kings since 2013. In 2010, Mr. Ranadive´ founded Tag, Inc. (formerly Pinchit, Inc.), a location sharing app backed by Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin and Tim Draper. From 2009 to 2010, Mr. Ranadive´ worked for Nielsen Media Sync in San Francisco. Furthermore, Mr. Ranadive´ co-founded GlanceGuide, a video analytics company acquired by Nielsen, in 2009 and founded BoredAt, an anonymous social network backed by Redpoint Ventures, in 2008. Mr. Ranadive´ started his career in investment banking at Bank of America in 2006. He holds a Bachelor of Science from Columbia University, where he graduated in Mathematics in 2006.