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Frédéric Mazzella

Founder & CEO
Frédéric Mazzella is the founder and CEO of BlaBlaCar, the leading European ridesharing 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 7 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) and 5 years in the software & internet industry. 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.