Europe’s rising ridesharing platform BlaBlaCar has delivered on one of its promises it gave to the investors who put 100 million in Series B funding, and announced it has added Turkey to the list of countries where it is officially operational. Nicolas Brusson, the co-founder and COO of the company took the stage in Webrazzi Summit 2014 in Istanbul and made the official announcement about the company’s expansion to farthest country in Europe.
The Paris-headquartered company who has very recently acquired and re-branded Podorozhniki of Russia, wants to use fresh funds in opening up to new markets. During the investment round last July, Nicolas Brusson said they have been examining Eastern European markets, Turkey and Brazil for a while and preparing to come up with fresh acqui-hiring news.
The ride-sharing marketplace offers efficient and affordable intercity transportation by opening up the wasted capacity in cars (the empty seats, that is) to guest travelers who wish to pay less. You can watch here our visit to the offices of the fast-growing startup last month.
It has become so popular that its year-on-year growth has hit 200% in 2014, with over 8 million registered members in total and 1 million users sharing journeys every month.
BlaBlaCar was founded in 2006 by Frédéric Mazzella, CEO, Francis Nappez, CTO, and Nicolas Brusson, COO, and currently operates in Benelux, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Spain, the Ukraine, the United Kingdom and now Turkey.