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BlaBlaCar secures $100M round of funding led by Index Ventures - July, 2014
Led by Index Ventures, BlaBlaCar has closed a $100 million round of funding to continue expanding our ridesharing service throughout Europe and across the globe. This exciting news has been picked up by major media outlets, such as Bloomberg TV, CNN, The Economist, The Financial Times, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, VentureBeat and TechCrunch. Read more from Index Ventures about our latest round of funding.
Bloomberg - June 25th, 2014
Bloomberg names BlaBlaCar a venture that is, 'further along in their development and is rapidly expanding'. Read the article.
BlaBlaCar, the app for the summer - June, 2014
Grazia - May 28th, 2014
Looking for a great festival? Follow Grazia's example and rideshare your way to the best European festivals of the summer! Read the article.
The Sunday Times - May 18th, 2014
The Sunday Times delves into the world of ridesharing and explores how both drivers and passengers can share a ride with BlaBlaCar to travel across the UK and Europe! Read the article.
Reuters - May 6th, 2014
Reuters reports on ridesharing in Europe with BlaBlaCar.
European CEO - April 28th, 2014
European CEO presents to us 2014's movers and shakers, naming noteworthy corporate transformations. BlaBlaCar has been selected amongst companies such as WhatsApp and Snapchat. Read the article.
The Economist - April 26th, 2014
Aol. - April 24th, 2014
Student offers classic Bentley S1 on BlaBlaCar to save on petrol costs! Read the article.
The Guardian - April 13th, 2014
Travel the land for less than a grand! - April 8th, 2014
Rude Baguette - March 26th, 2014
"BlaBlaCar is the company that makes you share, travel and learn". Read the article.
tnooz - March 25th, 2014
Melbourne-based startup, Rome2rio, has added the BlaBlaCar inventory for all European journeys. Rome2rio CEO, Rod Cuthbert, says, "Ridesharing is typically a much more affordable choice than air and rail services, and we’ve made it easy to compare the cost of a rideshare trip to those more traditional options in our search results". Read the article.
London Evening Standard - March 18th, 2014
"Trust itself is becoming a commodity and your reputation is of great value". Jasmine Gardner highlights the importance of our 'social imprint' when using collaborative services. Read the article.
The Guardian - March 17th, 2014
"Today’s news from Paris shows how urgently we need to reassess our car use". BlaBlaCar speaks on the importance of addressing our car usage in light of the dangerous pollution levels in Paris. Read more.
Sky News Sunrise - March 14th, 2014
Consumer finance expert, Sarah Willingham, reveals ways to cut down your motoring costs by sharing your ride with BlaBlaCar. Watch the interview.
Valentine's Day Survey - February 14th, 2014
We conducted a survey in time for Valentine's Day to discover how many of our members use BlaBlaCar to visit their partners. The results were shared by Psychologies Magazine and Backpacker Trade News.
BlaBlaCar at the White House - February, 2014
For the first time in 30 years, a French president made a state visit to America. Mr Hollande went Washington with a handful of French entrepreneurs, including our CEO and Founder, Frédéric Mazzella, from BlaBlaCar. The visit was covered by The Economist, France 24, Bloomberg Luxury and Bloomberg Business Week.
Tech.eu - February 7th, 2014
BlaBlaCar launches in Russia and Ukraine - January, 2014
Which? - December 31st, 2013
After the expensive festive period it's time to start saving! Lower your travel costs with BlaBlaCar. Read the article.
The New Zealand Herald - December 30th, 2013
BlaBlaCar is described as a travel company that is set to grow in 2014. Read the article.
Moneymagpie - December 28th, 2013
BlaBlaCar makes Moneymagpies' 64 reasons to smile in 2014. Read the article.
Australian Times - December 17th, 2013
If you are planning to leave London this Christmas and have left it to the last-minute, avoid those expensive train tickets by ridesharing with BlaBlaCar. Read the article.
CNBC - December 12th, 2013
Live studio appearance with Frederic Mazzella, CEO of BlaBlaCar. Watch the video.
All Things Digital. - December 2nd, 2013
Our COO, Nicolas Brusson, met Liz Gannes in a San Franciso cafe to discuss the growth of BlaBlaCar. Read the article.
Fast Company - November 25th, 2013
Vayable ventured into Paris and decided to use other companies in the same space to power their visit. BlaBlaCar was one of the local companies they used. Read the article.
The Guardian - November 24th, 2013
Joanne O'Connor describes BlaBlaCar as a "success story moving into the mainstream, giving car-hire companies a run for their money". Read the article.
Travel Weekly - November 20th, 2013
The Daily Express - November 17th, 2013
Save money on petrol costs when travelling this Christmas. Read the article.
The Telegraph - November 16th, 2013
BlaBlaCar, the leading ridesharing platform in Europe, is set to boom next year in the UK. Read the article.
Aol. - November 8th, 2013
Sports fans are cutting down their travel costs by ridesharing with BlaBlaCar to matches! Read the article.
The Huffington Post - November 4th, 2013
"Car of the future? And the winner is..." ridesharing with BlaBlaCar! Read the article.
The Guardian - October 25th, 2013
With the government launching a campaign to bring down motoring costs, The Guardian looks at 10 ways to cut them down, citing BlaBlaCar as a great way to do this. Read the article.
Aol. - October 12th, 2013
Jeremy Clarkson has been voted the nation's favourite celebrity passenger in a survey conducted by BlaBlaCar. Read the article.
The Guardian - October 10th, 2013
"The 'Consumer Spring' is coming" - The Guardian discusses today's new generation of emerging consumers, who partake in all things sustainable. Read the article.
In parrallel, BlaBlaCar joined the 2013 Global Clean Tech top 100 list. Read the article.
WIRED - October 1st, 2013
For the third year running, WIRED's editors have identified the 10 top tech cities we all need to know about. For Paris, BlaBlaCar was listed as a hot-to-trot start-up. Read the article.
The Evening Standard - October 1st, 2013
With the impending rise of rail fare, many are looking for ways to reduce the cost of their daily commute. The Evening Standard recommends using carsharing schemes such as BlaBlaCar. Read the article.
Financial Post - September 30th, 2013
BlaBlaCar has been listed as a finalist following our submission to the FT/Citi Ingenuity Awards. Read the article.
The Wall Street Journal - September 30th, 2013
The Wall Street Journal looks into declining car sales in Europe. they suggest ride sharing networks, wuch as BlaBlaCar, as an alternative to car-ownership. Read the article.
The BBC - September 20th, 2013
BlaBlaCar has been recommended by the BBC as a great way to recuce your fuel costs. Carsharing can offset all fuel costs for that trip. Read the article.
The Telegraph - September 16th, 2013
The Telegraph has listed BlaBlaCar as one of its top 10 money saving tips for students. Read the article.
The Wall Street Journal - September 12th, 2013
With the news of Renault's plans to invest in Autolib', the rising popularity of carsharing and electric vehicules is discussed. Read the article.
The Sun - September 8th, 2013
The Sun's Travel Editor, Lisa Minot, has chosen BlaBlaCar as her app of the week! Read the article.
Female First - September 6th, 2013
With the autumn months starting to creep their way in, Female First recommends taking a final summer trip with BlaBlaCar to enjoy the last of the summer sunshine. Read the article.
Closer - August 31st, 2013
University student, Rebecca, wrote to Closer asking how to save money whilst studying. She has already signed up to BlaBlaCar to cut down on her travel costs.
This is Money - August 27th, 2013
With rail fares set to go on the rise next year by 4.1%, commuters are looking for ways to reduce their daily travel costs. In this article by This is Money, BlaBlaCar is presented as a way to cut down the cost of work commutes. Read the article.
The Financial Times - 2013
Henry Mance from the Financial Times discusses how innovative businesses have used social media to expand and grow. This powerful tool has seen companies such as BlaBlaCar, integrate social profiles into their business. Our very own co-founder, Nicolas Brusson, speaks on the subject in an interview. Watch here.
The Sunday Times - August 18th, 2013
Holly Thomas, the Deputy Personal Finance Editor for the Sunday Times, offers BlaBlaCar as a means of reducing travelling costs in light of the rise of rail fares, set to take place in January, 2014. Read the article here.
The Daily Express - August 18th, 2013
The Daily Express offers advice on how to beat the ever-rising household and travel prices in their article, 'Keep a Lid on Rising Bills' by Esther Shaw. With an increase of rail fares by 4.1%, BlaBlaCar is shown as a great way to save money on travel costs. Read the article.
The Guardian - August 4th, 2013
James Silver discusses how the sharing economy has become a whole new way of living. The internet is the sharing economy hub, turning people from consumers into providers. BlaBlaCar is used as a prime example of this. Read the article.
The Observer - August 4th, 2013
The Observer looks into the power of the web in the rise of the sharing economy. BlaBlaCar is featured as a company who uses the internet to turn its customers into providers.
BBC - July 31st, 2013
The BBC shows its readers how to 'travel on a shoestring'. Saving money on travel and accommodation can dramatically cut the cost of going on holiday. Phil Williams says BlaBlaCar is the best way to save money when travelling on the road. Read the article.
Forbes - July 30th, 2013
The sharing economy is always expanding and evolving. Forbes discusses this in an article written by James Gardner, using BlaBlaCar as an example of a company which is making an impact in this industry. Read the article.
The FT - July 23rd, 2013
"These days, a lift for a would-be hitchhicker is just a click away on the internet, where ride-sharing is fast becoming a business". The Financial Times takes a look into BlaBlaCar and discusses how the business was started and how it continues to grow today. Read the article.
Channel 4 - July 17th, 2013
SuperScrimpers, Series 9, Episode 2, 45:57. Mrs M and her scrimping team reveal their top money saving tips on summer essentials. BlaBlaCar is desribed as a great way to save on travel costs and we also hear about our 'Ladies Only' feature. Watch it here.
The FT- July 16th, 2013
The FT takes a look at the French Tech ecosystem and its current performance in what are undoubtedly turbulent economic times. BlaBlaCar is mentioned as one of the thriving startups and Nicolas Brusson, one of our founders, shares his opinions on the current landscape. Read the article.
Tesco Magazine - July 1st, 2013
Jasmine Birtles offers five ways for parents to save when entertaining their kids this summer, in her article for Tesco Magazine. One of her suggestions is using BlaBlaCar to rideshare, sharing the petrol costs when taking a day trip. Read the article.
London Evening Standard - June 27th, 2013
The Evening Standard interviews Rachel Botsman to look at the sharing economy as a whole and how power is moving from the centre to the edges. Read the article.
Gigaom - June 26th, 2013
"Why ride sharing is booming in Europe, but not in the U.S." - Gigaom dicusses how the concept of ride sharing is booming across Europe, with BlaBlaCar leading the way. With BlaBlaCar having transported over 3 million people, could the same idea take off in the U.S.? Read the article.
The Times - June 24th, 2013
The Times states that increasing petrol prices and public transport costs coupled with a poor economic climate are pushing consumers towards ride sharing websites such as BlaBlaCar which now transports 600,000 passengers a month. Read the article.
The FT - June 12th, 2013
The FT interviews one of our three founders, Nicolas Brusson, about his views on the changes in how companies interact with their customers thanks to the wide uptake of social networks. Nicolas gives a BlaBlaCar angle on this topic, suggesting that social networks make online interactions smoother. See the full video here.
The Times - June 5th, 2013
As the Government introduces a new set of fines against drivers hogging motorway middle lanes or tailgating, the Times explains that ride sharing websites such as BlaBlaCar, who now car can save you money on your long distance motoring trips. Read the article.
Informilo - June 4th, 2013
Informilo, a technology news website, tells the story of Julia, a PHD student who opts to take passengers via BlaBlaCar when going to see her grandfather as it helps her to offset the costs of her trip. The article goes on to explain that by the end of the year, BlaBlaCar will likely have more monthly passengers than the Eurostar. Read the article.
The Daily Telegraph - May 3rd, 2013
BlaBlaCar listed as a top 10 festival app, for finding a great travel companion to hit the musical road with. Read the article.
The Sun - May 2nd, 2013
The Scottish edition of The Sun reports on how thousands of of Scots are beating the burden of travel costs with BlaBlaCar. Read the article.
The Guardian - April 12th, 2013
Vicky Baker writes about the increase in ridesharing websites over the world. She notes that technology has transformed hitchiking into something quite different. She discusses member profiles and ratings on ridesharing websites and notes BlaBlaCar's active community. Read the article
On the same day, a feature piece, by travel writer John O'Mahony, on his journey around Europe by BlaBlaCar. Read the article.
Tech Crunch - April 9th, 2013
Steve O'Hear, notes BlaBlaCar's hugely increasing member base, now at 3 million "almost double from this time last year." He also notes BlaBlaCar's recent expansion into Germany "giving testimony to it being a truly pan-European player." Read the article.
The Next Web - April 9th, 2013
Liam Booger, featured on The Next Web, notes that BlaBlaCar have entered their 11th market, Germany. He also notes that BlaBlaCar now has 3 million European members. "I believe that once they lock in all of Europe, they will have a truly unbeatable service which will rival long-distance buses, trains, and planes both in price and eco-friendliness." Read the article.
This is Money - March 5th, 2013
Andy Yates speaks of the internet business revolution in a piece for the 'This is Money' section of the Daily Mail. Alongside BlaBlaCar, ParkatmyHouse, OneFineStay and theamazings are mentioned. Read the article
Forbes - January 23rd, 2013
Nicolas Brusson, co-founder of BlaBlaCar talks about business strategy for start-ups. He notes that US-centric business models of capturing the domestic market first will not work for Europe as Europe is too fragmented into local markets. "Focusing on a single market endangers future expansion because other businesses can lock down neighboring markets before you get there. An ambitious company can easily find itself with nowhere else to go." Read the article.
The Evening Standard - January 18th, 2013
The Evening Standard's 2013 Travel Hot List ranks BlaBlaCar as #16, alongside Sri Lanka "The Pearl of the Indian Ocean" and Bear Grills' new Survival Academy. Read the article.
The Wall Street Journal - January 12th, 2013
The Wall Street Journal comments on the sharing economy, from AirBnB to Zipcar to rarer startups such as DogVacay Inc. the "Airbnb for dogs." They contemplate what the next trend in sharing could be, considering food sharing startups such as EatFeastly.com and MamaBake.com. With comments from Nicolas Brusson, the co-founder of BlaBlaCar. Read the article.
Al Jazeera English - December 26th, 2012
A short clip discussing BlaBlaCar and the growth of the French collaborative economy. The driver, Fred, notes that as well as the economic benefits there are social benefits to ridesharing.
Wired - December 12th, 2012
Wired Magazine covers BlaBlaCar and the number of empty car seats on journeys "The number of empty seats in cars is far greater than any transport network in any European country, whether it's trains, buses or trams." The article notes that drivers can set a price for car running costs depending on the length of their journey, drivers travelling from London to Manchester can set a price per seat of between £15 to £22. Read the article.
The Daily Mail - November 22nd, 2012
Lee Boyce compares travel costs between BlaBlaCar and trains as well as an interview with BlaBlaCar member, Pascale White. Read the article.
The Economist - October 27th, 2012
The Economist discusses how web-based companies match supply and demand between businesses and customers, from restaurant services such as Opentable, taxi services such as Uber, spare room services such as Airbnb and of course BlaBlaCar’s car sharing network! “The point is to share unused resources that already exist and would otherwise, in effect, go to waste.” Read the article
The Next Web - October 23rd, 2012
Jamillah Knowles reports on BlaBlaCar’s international growth and recent website upgrade. The article includes a video of TNW’s managing editor Martin Bryant, interviewing Nicholas Brusson at the Dublin Web Summit. Nicolas, BlaBlaCar’s co-founder, explains more about BlaBlaCar, BlaBlaCar’s transport network and BlaBlaCar’s plans for the future. Read the article
The Atlantic - October 1st, 2012
Derek Thomson, senior business editor at The Atlantic, comments on the explosive growth of car sharing in Europe, linking it with the broader trend of the saturated car market in developed countries. He notes the rise of cities, improved public transport and increasing fuel prices as factors that will drive the growth of car sharing. Read the article
The New York Times - October 1st, 2012
Eric Pfanner reports, indepth, on how Europe has emerged as the global leader and innovator in car sharing. BlaBlaCar co-founder, Nicolas Brusson, as well as Philippe Botteri of Accel Partners, an investor in BlaBlaCar, speak about the future of car sharing. The piece was published on the International Herald Tribune front page. Read the article
Wall Street Journal - July 19th, 2012
BBC NEWS - June 30th, 2012
BBC Radio 4 - June 27th, 2012
Winifred Robinson hosts You and Yours on BBC Radio 4. She discusses what the sharing economy and peer-to-peer services can do for citizens feeling the squeeze. Nicolas Brusson, starting at 32.26, BlaBlaCar's co-founder, is a guest on the show. Listen to the broadcast
Readers Digest - June 23rd, 2012
Leo Hickman writes a feature on car sharing which interviews BlaBlaCar founders, Nicolas Brusson and Frédéric Mazzella as well as a policeman, Pierre, who uses BlaBlaCar to travel from Paris to Brittany once a year. Read the article
The Financial Times - June 15th, 2012
FT Digital Media Correspondant, Tim Bradshaw lists BlaBlaCar in the Innovation Barometer as one of five clever new ideas, others include a watch that controls your smartphone and a posture-sensing PC monitor. Read the article
The Kernel - May 14th, 2012
Roxanna Varza explains why social travel is blossoming in France, and why the country is leading innovation in new transport solutions such as BlaBlaCar. Read the article
Techcrunch - April 23rd, 2012
Mike Butcher gives the low-down on the launch of the BlaBlaCar Mobile Apps and its competitors. Read the article
Techcrunch - March 22nd, 2012
Mike Butcher discusses BlaBlaCar's strategic acquisition of PostoinAuto.it and its entry into the Italian market. Read the article
The Wall Street Journal - February 2nd, 2012
Javier Espinoza talks about the European car sharing trend: "A rise of petrol prices and the cost of travel in Europe are the two issues really driving the activity of car sharing." The article discusses BlaBlaCar’s useful rating system. Read the article
AltAssets - January 17th, 2012
AltAssets, a private equity news firm, discusses BlaBlaCar's $10million investment from renowned venture capital firm Accel Partners, as well as previous seed investments from ISAI and Cabiedes & Partners. Read the article
Tech Crunch - January 16th, 2012
Leena Rao announces BlaBlaCar’s recent $10million round with Accel Partners. TechCrunch reviews the car sharing concept: "BlaBlaCar is spearheading collaborative travel, and providing major discounts for travellers, while also creating a revenue stream for drivers." Read the article
The Guardian - January 4th, 2012
Mark King, in his article Ten ways to boost your finances in 2012, tries car sharing from London to Paris, and finds it "fun, cheap and eco-friendly." Read the article
The Daily Telegraph - December 20th, 2011
Mike Rutherford reviews ways for motorists to save money and describes BlaBlaCar as: "Brilliant, especially for students trying to get home to mum and dad this Christmas, but priced off the railways." Read the article
BBC Southern Counties - November 25th, 2011
In this BBC Southern Counties radio show both car sharing and more specifically, BlaBlaCar, are discussed. Listen to the podcast
Financial Times - September 28th, 2011
Rose Jacobs talks about BlaBlaCar three days after its UK launch. Read the article
TechCrunch - June 29th, 2011
Roxanne Varza notes BlaBlaCar’s increased use during the 2010 volcanic eruptions. Roxanne writes about the rise of responsible social and economic consumption, noting that BlaBlaCar users have saved over 200,000 tons of CO2. She finishes by saying: “Needless to say, Blablacar will hopefully provide a very simple solution next time an Icelandic volcano decides to unleash fury on Europe.” Read the article
Wired - October 12th, 2010
Aidan McGill describes the boom in popularity of car sharing in France and explains how BlaBlaCar (Covoiturage.fr in France) has imposed itself as the market leader. Read the article