Meet our Founders
Frédéric Mazzella, Founder of BlaBlaCar, Executive Chairman
Since pioneering the idea of BlaBlaCar in 2004, Fred has led the company to become the world’s largest long-distance carpooling community. As a branding and communications enthusiast, Fred has built a global brand whilst relentlessly spreading the word about the virtues of carpooling. Fred carries BlaBlaCar’s vision of a people-powered travel network enabled by trust and technology, and is passionate about high social impact solutions. As a regular speaker at leading international conferences and in the media, Fred sheds light on the fast changing mobility landscape, entrepreneurship, global marketplaces and building trust in online communities.
Prior to founding BlaBlaCar, Fred held the role of scientific researcher at NASA (USA) and NTT (Japan). He holds an MBA from INSEAD, a Masters in Computer Science from Stanford and a Masters in Physics from Ecole Normale Supérieure (France). Fred is also an accomplished classical pianist. Tweet him @mazaic.
Nicolas Brusson, Co-founder and CEO of BlaBlaCar
Prior to becoming Chief Executive Officer in October 2016, Nicolas oversaw BlaBlaCar’s global operations and international growth as Chief Operating Officer since 2011. He led the company’s corporate development, overseeing eight acquisitions, expansion to twenty markets, and three successive rounds of fundraising. Nicolas is a strong advocate of agile structures that allow quick iterations in fast-growing environments. He is also a supporter of autonomous local teams and acqui-hires, a strategy he implemented to expand BlaBlaCar’s footprint on a global scale. Nicolas is a regular speaker at leading international conferences and in the media, where he comments on the European startup scene, innovative growth strategies, and mobility.
Prior to joining BlaBlaCar, Nicolas worked for several startups in Silicon Valley during the dotcom boom, before moving on to executive and investor roles, including spending time as a Venture Capitalist at Amadeus Capital Partners in London. He holds an MBA from INSEAD, a Masters in Optics from Ecole Supérieure d’Optique and a Masters in Applied Physics from Paris XI University. Nicolas is also an active angel investor and tweets @nbrusson.
Francis Nappez, Co-Founder and CTO of BlaBlaCar
Francis leads the technical and product evolution of BlaBlaCar and has been instrumental in building the platform since 2006, allowing it to grow from hosting a few thousand members to millions today. He knows how to turn ambitious ideas into reality, and believes in building robust solutions which can adapt to fast growth and stay relevant for the long-term. Francis cares about building agile cross-functional teams across locations to deliver efficiently on ambitious objectives. Pragmatic and result-oriented, he is driven by the opportunity to create disruptive solutions which better the user experience.
Before joining BlaBlaCar, Francis led major technical developments for big names in European consumer internet which drove impactful disruptions in their respective sectors, including Free and Meetic. Francis holds a degree in Technology and Communications Research from the Joseph Fourier University. Find him @fnapz.