The Rollercoaster Ride to Scaling a Unicorn, with Nicolas Brusson, Co-Founder and CEO of BlaBlaCar

“You’ll make mistakes but that doesn’t matter – it’s all about speed and growth, but at some point you’ll have to go and clean up the room.” 

Today’s 40 Minute Mentor is Nicolas Brusson, Co-Founder & CEO of BlaBlaCar – the world’s leading community-based travel app enabling 26 million active members a year to share a ride in 21 countries.

BlaBlaCar’s environmentally and human-friendly mobility network saves 1.6M tons of CO2 and enables 120M human connections every year.

On top of leading BlaBlaCar, Nicolas is also an investor in many mission-driven brands, such as Ankorstore, Home Exchange and Dust, to name a few, so there is plenty to unpack in today’s episode, including:

➡️ Becoming a father and closing a $10 million fundraising round [4:41] 

➡️ Missed opportunities and keeping up with competition [06:42] 

➡️ Bringing entrepreneurship into schools [09:55] 

➡️ From Physics to VC and Entrepreneurship [12:32] 

➡️ Rebuilding after mass layoffs [14:55] 

➡️ The main lesson from the ups and downs of startup life [17:03]
➡️ Advert: More about Kitt [25:29] 

➡️ The origin and evolution of BlaBlaCar [26:39] 

➡️ The shift in the sharing economy and building the ‘Airbnb for cars’ [29:00] 

➡️ Recognising and surviving different phases of the business [32:35] 

➡️ The danger in doing too many things, a turning point for BlaBlaCar [34:47] 

➡️ Becoming a multi-model platform, expanding the carpool idea [36:46] 

➡️ Navigating Covid without layoffs [37:39] 

➡️ Reshaping and evolving your company culture [40:30] 

➡️ ️Questioning company values and when they’re more than just a word on a wall [42:26] 

➡️ Creating a culture of mentorship [43:50] 

➡️ Audience question: The future of BlaBlaCar [46:54]

Helpful links:

➡️ Connect with Nicolas: 

➡️ Find out more about BlaBlaCar: 

➡️ More about our sponsors, Kitt: 

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