Frédéric Mazzella

Co-Founder & CEO
BlaBlaCar

 

Frédéric Mazzella is co-founder and CEO of BlaBlaCar, the European car sharing community that connects drivers with empty seats and people looking for a ride. 

Fred originally imagined a new transport network, built on people, when he couldn't get home one Christmas, several years ago. He had no car. The trains were full. The roads, too, were full of people driving home, alone in their car. It occurred to him that he should try to find a driver going his way and offer to share fuel costs... BlaBlaCar was born. Today, with over 3 million members across Europe, BlaBlaCar is making road travel social, money-saving and more sustainable.

Fred holds an MBA from INSEAD, a Masters of Science in Computer Science from Stanford and a Masters of Physics from ENS Ulm (Normale Sup). He’s an accomplished classical pianist and prior to founding BlaBlaCar he worked for 3 years as a scientific researcher, at NASA (USA), and NTT (Japan). He teaches Internet Strategy at leading French University, Sciences-Po, is a regular speaker on the theme of sustainable development, entrepreneurship, and building trust in online communities. He tweets @mazaic.