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Friday, June 1, 2012

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With the launch of Zappos clone Namshi two months ago and now Amazon cloneMizado, Rocket Internet has officially entered the Middle East. The so-called clone factory, run by Germany's Samwer brothers, has also opened offices in Dubai to headquarter its MENA conquest. 
For those who aren't familiar with Marc, Oliver, and Alexander Samwer or Rocket Internet, they are a trio of entrepreneurs known for taking e-commerce models that have proved successful in the U.S., and cloning them globally. 
They got their start in 1999, when they founded a German clone of eBay, Alando, and sold it to eBay for US $54 million 100 days later. In 2004, they sold clone Jamba to Verisign for $273 million, and in 2007, launched Rocket Internet. In 2010, they created a wildly successful European Groupon clone, CityDeals, that Groupon bought for 14 percent of its shares; their stake is nowworth $1 billion. 
Under Rocket Internet, the Samwers have cloned YouTube, Xing, Groupon, Offerpal, Birchbox, Pinterest, Airbnb, Bill Me Later, Zappos, Zynga, Fab, eHarmony, Wrapp, Etsy, ZocDoc, Club Penguin, and Vistaprint and now Square. In the next few years, the startup factory plans to build 20 eCommerce companies each in 40 countries, a total of 800 companies. If they can pull it off, and add to their stream of exits (13 total since their start), it will make the Samwers some of the richest individuals on the planet (a 1% stake in Facebookdoesn't hurt either). 
How far along are they? This April, GigaOm counted 38 companies in 58 countries, excluding Namshi and Mizado, which bring the total to at least 40. The company is worth at least $1 billion, and according to its founders, has created 20,000 jobs. Only five of these startups have failed.
Meanwhile, the originators of the concepts- the Amazons, the eBays, and the Groupons- can't expand globally at that pace or don't find it as profitable as expanding domestically. Rocket stays ahead of the curve by arriving more quickly and tackling new markets with an army of graduates from top-tier MBA programs and consultancies (they love McKinsey) with the promise of getting in on the next big success. 
Cloning itself isn't a bad thing; putting a local twist on a tested model can be apowerful way to create a successful business in a new market, and many up-and-coming e-commerce companies in the region have used models pioneered at Amazon, eBay, Groupon, Gilt Groupe, and Net-a-Porter to create online presences for offline businesses and fill crucial gaps in local markets.  
So why exactly are the Samwers so despised? 
1) Their demanding approach to their employees. While no one should apologize for focusing on profit, the Samwer's Machiavellian aura (revealed inemails referencing signatures in blood, "blitzkrieg", and the need to be "German detail oriented") can be offputting when not comical. Their slavedriver approachhas built resentment in some, leading core members to leave and launch a rival
2) Their focus on imitation over innovation. The trio admit that they are not innovators, explaining to Wired that "we are builders of companies, we are not innovators. Someone else is the architect and we are the builders." In the same article, Loic LeMeur cautions that Rocket Internet is "making a lot of money for the Samwers, but it's killing innovation in Europe. It's telling young entrepreneurs that the ideal way to make money is by copying something that works in the US, then selling it back to the original." 
3) Their ruthlessness. The Samwers have been accused of cutting co-investors out of dealsattempting to take inventory from the sites they are cloning, and promoting false products, in the name of success.
It's not a culture that many want to see proliferate.  
But. There are a few reasons that Namshi and Mizado are not necessarily a bad thing for the Middle East.  
1) They will help to educate the market about e-commerce. 
In a chat with Wamda in the Aramex/Arabnet booth at Arabnet last month, Namshi co-founder Muhammed Mekki told us a bit about the ways in which the company, which sells shoes, clothing, accessories, and beauty products, is helping to spread the concept of e-commerce among traditional retail customers. 
Perhaps to charm us (it worked), he told a story about an old woman in Ras Al Khaimeh who called up customer service at Namshi to inquire where their stores were located, as she wanted to buy a certain product. Once they explained that they were only an online store, and described how she could purchase goods on the site, they weren't sure whether she would take to the idea.Yet a month later, they discovered that she was a consistent top buyer. 
Adjusting buyers to the concept of online retail will continue to open up the market for all e-commerce players.
2) They might help to train a generation of future entrepreneurs.
Chatting with founder Louis Lebbos in a coffeeshop near Namshi's new offices in Dubai, we got a peek inside the belly of the Rocket Internet beast. When we chatted, Lebbos was working late on a Thursday, and he was energized, describing their creative, playful digs. 
For what it's worth, Lebbos and Mekki are exactly the kind of talent Rocket likes to hire; they are both McKinsey veterans, while their third co-founder, Hosam Arab, is a Harvard Business School grad, as is Lebbos. 
Yet they are in turn attracting and training more talent. Hiring has been his biggest challenge at Namshi, Lebbos admitted, but they is focusing on a building a team that can learn quickly and become self-starting. 
"What really drives me and motivates me is interacting with our team," he said. "The most energizing thing is seeing people surprise themselves with how much they can achieve. In a big bureaucracy, you're never given an opportunity to surprise yourself. Here, we care about every person's personal development. I see these fresh graduates as the next round of entrepreneurs in the region. They are learning here, but three years from now, they're going to start the next round of startups in the Arab World."
It's a reality; these graduates won't work at Rocket forever. But they will gain experience doing so.  
3) Rocket Internet will have to solve the same logistical problems that everyone else has. 
When discussing regional logistics challenges and the revenue loss that companies incur thanks to offering cash-on-delivery payment, one e-commerce company founder I recently spoke to lamented competing with Rocket Internet companies. "When we tried to discuss our logistical issues with advisors who we think might help," the founder said, "we heard a lot about how Namshi are solving these issues. But we're not Namshi and we don't have their backing." 
Yet, if Namshi or Mizado, both of whom currently sell throughout the Gulf and Egypt, can solve these issues (and they will be under immense pressure to do so), they may offer an example others can look to and save the time and cost of experimentation. While Rocket tends to launch quickly rather than wait for circumstances to shift, the company's clout could help if they decide to support policy changes as well.  
Is Rocket Internet encouraging a cloning culture in the Middle East? 
Let's face it, cloning has existed in the Arab World before the Samwers and it will continue afterwards. Making it into an ongoing policy is not a phenomenon unique to Germany either; the Mowafi siblings  of MO4 Group in Cairo are beginning to clone startups as well, prompting rumors that they are the "Samwers of Egypt." While not ruthless, their bios may offer a taste of anunapologetic approach. And yet, if they bring revenue and much-needed jobs to boost Egypt's and the Arab World's entrepreneurship sector without making employees miserable, how deep can the criticism go?
What do you think about the effect of clones on the region? 

Share your thoughts with us in comments or in the Google Hangout Sessions for CoE E-Commerce this Sunday.

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Yesterday Pod2g posted that why the A5 jailbreak had not been released yet, and we posted that Pod2g told us that the untethered jailbreak for iPhone 4S / iPad 2 running iOS 5.0.1 will be released in a week and we are waiting, and two hour age we have more details from Pod2g are coming aboutuntethered jailbreak iPhone 4S and iPad 2.

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A recent phishing scam has targeted Mac users by redirecting them from legitimate websites to fake websites which tell them that their computer is infected with a virus. The user is then offered Mac Defender "anti-virus" software to solve the issue.

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If any notifications about viruses or security software appear, quit Safari or any other browser that you are using. If a normal attempt at quitting the browser doesn’t work, then Force Quit the browser.
In some cases, your browser may automatically download and launch the installer for this malicious software.  If this happens, cancel the installation process; do not enter your administrator password.  Delete the installer immediately using the steps below.
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  2. Go to the Utilities folder in the Applications folder and launch Activity Monitor.
  3. Choose All Processes from the pop up menu in the upper right corner of the window.
  4. Under the Process Name column, look for the name of the app and click to select it; common app names include: MacDefender, MacSecurity or MacProtector.
  5. Click the Quit Process button in the upper left corner of the window and select Quit.
  6. Quit Activity Monitor application.
  7. Open the Applications folder.
  8. Locate the app ex. MacDefender, MacSecurity, MacProtector or other name.
  9. Drag to Trash, and empty Trash.
Malware also installs a login item in your account in System Preferences. Removal of the login item is not necessary, but you can remove it by following the steps below.
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  • Select the name of the app you removed in the steps above ex. MacDefender, MacSecurity, MacProtector
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Takeaway: Scott Lowe takes a detailed view into the Microsoft Security Essentials latest build, still in beta, noting some of the changes and performing some basic testing.

Last month, my TechRepublic colleague Mark Kaelin announced Microsoft’s introduction of the latest Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) beta. As you probably know, MSE is Microsoft’s free virus scanner for Windows PCs, providing protection against malware, spyware, and rootkits. I, like Mark, feel that MSE is a great product and I also recommend it to everyone I know. The fact that it’s a free product certainly works in its favor! In this article, I’m going to dig a little deeper in this beta product and see what’s changed since the most recent production release.
On my main PC in my lab, I have the latest current production release of MSE installed - build 2.1.1116.0. I will be looking at the beta that Microsoft recently announced, which carries a build number of 4.0.1111.0.

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In some collateral material, Microsoft has indicated that the new MSE’s user interface has been streamlined, but I have seen little evidence of this in the latest beta. Given that this is a limited beta, it’s entirely possible that Microsoft has yet to implement the user interface enhancements. In Figure A, you can see that the beta MSE looks a whole lot like the old one with a couple of exceptions:
  • The tabs in the old version also include small icons which are not included in this beta.
  • The background color scheme has changed from gray with a “netting” image to a gray/blue blend.

Figure A

The new MSE looks a lot like the old MSE (click images to enlarge view)
On the Update tab (Figure B), you can see that I downloaded the latest definitions soon after they were made available. Again, the page hasn’t changed at all since the older version that is currently in production.

Figure B

The MSE Updates page
The most notable change to the interface that I’ve seen so far is shown in Figure C on which you can see the difference between the old History tab (Bottom) and the new one (Top). The primary difference is that some text has been rearranged, but little else has been changed.

Figure C

The MSE History page
For the next few screenshots, I’ll be taking a look at the Settings tab. Again, not a lot has changed here except that this beta does not include an option for “Default settings”, which was present in the older MSE. In Figure D, you’ll see the Scheduled scan page from the new MSE. It’s identical to the old version. I ran through all of the drop-down menus as well and verified the lack of change. I’m not really surprised; there’s not much to change about a schedule!

Figure D

Settings for Schedule
Here’s a screen that’s either been “streamlined” or that has yet to be completed in the beta. InFigure E, again, old on the bottom and new on top, the new version of MSE currently has much less in the way of options regarding real-time protection. In this beta, it’s all or nothing with regard to real-time protection.

Figure E

Real-time protection options in the MSE beta differ from the older version (for now)
As has been the case for a while, MSE includes the ability to exclude certain files and locations from scanning. Some files contain what could be false positives and if they are quarantined or deleted, some applications could cease to function. You can see this screen in Figure F.

Figure F

Exclude files and folders
Likewise, you can also exclude files with specified extensions as shown in Figure G.

Figure G

Exclude any file types that you wish
Again, in Figure H, you’ll see another screen that hasn’t changed. This is the screen on which you can exclude specified processes from being scanned by MSE.

Figure H

Exclude processes from scanning
With the exception of some wording changes, the Advanced tab hasn’t changed a whole lot either. Here, you can decide how MSE should act when its running or when it’s discovered an infection. For example, you can configure MSE to create a restore point before doing anything with a detected item.

Figure I

Configure MSE advanced options
Finally, in Figure J, you’ll see that Microsoft has renamed SpyNet to Microsoft Active Protection Services. This is a service to which you can subscribe to help track your actions with regard to detected items. This is a community service that aggregates information from all subscribers in an attempt to help all make better decisions and better protect their systems.
You can choose not to participate or you can choose from two levels of membership:
  • Basic. “Send basic information to Microsoft about software that Security Essentials detects, including where the software came from, the actions that you apply or that Security Essentials applies automatically, and whether the actions were successful. In some instances, personal information might unintentionally be sent to Microsoft. However, Microsoft will not use this information to identify you or to contact you.”
  • Advanced. “In addition to basic information, Security Essentials sends more information to Microsoft about malicious software, spyware, and potentially unwanted software, including the location of the software, file names, how the software operates, and how it has impacted your computer. In some instances, personal information might unintentionally be sent to Microsoft; however, Microsoft will not use this information to identify you or contact you.”
Personally, I believe it’s important to participate in this service at some level.

Figure J

The MSE Microsoft Active Protection Services screen

A little bit of testing

As I said before, I’ve always liked MSE. It’s generally been fast, unobtrusive and complete. I tested the new MSE beta by visiting the EICAR virus test site. I tried in a couple of different ways — both text and ZIP files via both HTTP and HTTPS and, as soon as I tried to download the EICAR test file, I immediately received a pop up message from MSE indicating that it had taken immediate action against the file and that no further action was required from the user.

Figure K

The MSE popup message
This is an improvement from the older version of MSE, which stopped to ask the user for instructions (Figure L). One of Microsoft’s intents with the new version was to provide “Enhanced protection through automatic malware remediation: The Beta program will clean highly impacting malware infections automatically, with no required user interaction.” Based on this very limited testing, it’s obvious that they’re taking steps to deliver on this promise.

Figure L

The same situation, but with the older MSE
In reviewing the History information in MSE, you can see that the product did, in fact, see three separate instances of the EICAR test file (Figure M).

Figure M

MSE history
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