Podcast #188: Daniel Ek pledges €1 billion for European moonshots, Transferwise on the rise, and we talk to Frédéric Mazzella of BlaBlaCar and France Digitale

This week, we talk about some of the biggest stories in European tech from the past week, including €1 billion euros for European moonshots, moving money without moving money, and more. Also check out an interview with Frédéric Mazzella, co-founder of BlaBlaCar and co-president at France Digitale.


BlaBlaCar offers to acquire Busfor to expand bus service through Russia

BlaBlaCar, the world’s leading long-distance carpooling platform, announced that it has offered to acquire Busfor, Russia and Ukraine’s largest online bus ticketing platform. Just last year, BlaBlaCar expanded beyond car sharing to incorporate bus service, aiming to increase its hold on road mobility and satisfy more passengers. With 7,000 bus carriers, Busfor will cement BlaBlaCar’s […] Podcast #57: Songkick and Samlino's funding rounds, the CEE region is on the rise again, eFounders and WIRED 100 Podcast #96: BlaBlaCar’s partnership with SNCF; what the Brexit draft agreement means for startups; interview with Draper Esprit’s Simon Cook; and much more

This week, Natalie Novick and Andrii Degeler discuss what BlaBlaCar is going to do with the bus operator Ouibus, what the Brexit draft agreement means for the tech ecosystem in the UK, and much more. Also featured in the episode is a great and insightful interview with Simon Cook, the CEO of Draper Esprit.

French carpooling platform BlaBlaCar raises €101 million from SNCF, plans to buy SNCF-owned bus operator Ouibus

BlaBlaCar, a French-founded carpooling platform, has announced its plans to move beyond ridesharing towards becoming a road travel platform. The company has offered to acquire the bus operator Ouibus from SNCF, the French national railway company. At the same time, BlaBlaCar announced a €101 million funding round from SNCF itself with participation from existing investors. […]

BlaBlaCar acquires Russian carpooling platform Beepcar

The popular French carpooling platform BlaBlaCar is acquiring the Russian startup BeepCar, a carpooling platform launched in 2017 by Mail.Ru Group. The acquisition was announced along with a partnership between the Mail.Ru Group, which is the largest internet business in Russia, and BlaBlaCar. BlaBlaCar launched in Russia in 2014 and quickly became the largest carpooling […]