Have you ever heard of web clones? It’s a term used for copycat websites. Web Apps Cloning is not about copying web designs. It’s about copying online business rules and processes. Clones ride the popularity of the cloned system until it make millions.
CityDeal, developed by the 3 German brothers (Alexander, Marc, and Oliver Samwer) of Rocket Internet in 2010, is a clone of Groupon. This clone even knocked-off Groupon in just five months from the time it was launched. It was the top deal-of-the-day site in the U.K., France, Spain, Italy, Ireland, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Austria, Poland, Finland, Denmark, Sweden, and Turkey.
Because companies can’t be patented, and trademarks apply only within the countries where they’re registered, Groupon bought CityDeal in May 2010 for 14 percent of Groupon’s shares. Rocket Internet now owns 6 percent of Groupon, a stake worth about $1 billion. The Samwer brothers are also the minds behind German auction site Alando, sold to eBay in 1999 for $54 million, and mobile content platform Jamba!, which sold to Verisign in 2004 for $273 million.
Southeast Asia is becoming a hot destination to launch cloned startups because it’s affordable to start a company here. It’s been the origin of many of Rocket Internet’s latest creations, including Wimdu, Pinspire, and Mizado.
As mentioned earlier, it’s all about making money…the easier and safest way. One German founder said that while he decided to pursue his own ideas, he was advised several times to instead create a clone because “it would be safer.”
"It’s a free market out there. People can do what they want," VC Fred Wilson recently wrote. "That’s even more true globally. If you are successful, you will be cloned. That’s life. In fact, it’s a sign that you’ve made it when clones of your website, mobile app, and business start cropping up."
WebSage on Cloning
Websage Designs and Programming Services has been into online business cloning since 2011. The only difference is that all clones we did were not for us, it was for our clients who asked us to do it for them. Nevertheless, we have the experience in cloning:
- Group buying site
- Coupon site
- Buy and sell site
- Crowd sourcing site
- Crowd funding site
We’re currently on our way towards the completion of one of our clone apps – Kuneho, a TaskRabbit clone. If you need our cloning service, don’t hesitate to contact us immediately.