When 20-something Fred was trying to get home to his family in the French countryside for Christmas, he struggled as he had no car and all the trains were full. After begging his sister to pick him up, it was on the road when Fred noticed the sheer number of people driving alone. It hit him that all those empty seats in existing cars could be the beginning of a new travel network. Over the next decade, together with co-founders Francis and Nicolas, the trio took this simple idea and built it into the world’s leading carpooling platform, connecting millions of people going the same way. Take a look at our journey so far!
BlaBlaLines, an entirely new carpooling app for commuting, launches in beta on two French axes.
BlaBlaCar introduces exclusive car-as-a-service deals in pilot partnership with ALD Automotive and Opel.
40 million members across the globe and counting.
BlaBlaTour rocks the world!
Trust is what enables millions of people to carpool every day. Read how BlaBlaCar is Entering the Trust Age.
Over 500 international faces on the team and growing!
New product features are added to improve the overall experience including ID checks, two-way ratings and “2 Max in the Back.”
BlaBlaCar joins forces with carpooling platform Jizdomat, putting Czech and Slovakia on the map.
BlaBlaCar expands further by launching in Brazil and India, and by teaming up with Rides in Mexico, Mitfahrgelegenheit in Germany and Autohop in Hungary, Croatia, Serbia and Romania.
BlaBlaTour 2015 brings members together in 90 cities giving everyone the chance to meet each other and give feedback.
To fuel global growth and expand internationally, $200m is raised through Insight Venture Partners, Lead Edge Capital and Vostok New Ventures.
BlaBlaCar launches in Turkey and partners up with Podorozhniki in Russia and Ukraine.
Members of the BlaBlaCar community help out other members through the launch of BlaBlaHelp, an online chat.
To become the global leader in long-distance carpooling, $100m is raised through Index Ventures
BlaBlaCar expands further by launching in Germany.
BlaBlaCar’s 10 values are born after being crowdsourced during a ski trip in the French Alps.
The new and improved Version 3 platform goes live.
Trustman is born during a TED Talk in Paris.
BlaBlaCar teams up with PostoinAuto and Superdojazd and opens up in Italy and Poland.
€7.5M is raised through Accel Partners to accelerate expansion into France’s neighbouring countries.
To bring back reliability to all members, the online booking system is launched in France.
BlaBlaCar becomes the preferred travel alternative during the Icelandic volcanic ash cloud.
€1.25M is raised through ISAI and Cabiedes Partners in order to deploy a robust business model
Launch of BlaBlaCar’s app on iPhone.
People from Spain now have access to BlaBlaCar as well!
To accelerate growth and allow BlaBlaCar to become France’s leader in community size, €600k is raised through good friends and business angels.
Fred’s living room finally becomes a living room again as the team moves into a regular office.
First employee Laure Wagner joins BlaBlaCar
After a busy summer of coding, Version 2 launches.
BlaBlaCar starts to build an even stronger community by introducing ratings and pictures.
BlaBlaCar expands its carpooling service by building custom platforms for Ikea and Carrefour.
100k members in the community and growing everyday!
BlaBlaCar becomes a travel solution during train strikes and gets thrown into the media spotlight.
First version launches on mobile.
Fred and Nicolas Brusson meet at INSEAD Business School and start to transform the project by developing a business plan.
BlaBlaCar officially launches in France under the name covoiturage.fr.
Fred meets Francis Nappez and they begin to code nonstop.
2004 - 2005
Develop. Eat pasta. Develop.
All train tickets are sold out and Fred is stuck in Paris with no way to get home to his family in Vendee for Christmas. After his sister agrees to pick him up, it’s on the road when Fred spots all the empty cars driving by. “Oh my God,” he thinks, “There ARE seats going places, but they’re not in trains, they’re in CARS!” And just like that, the idea of a people-powered travel network is born.
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