Headquartered in Hamburg, BlaBlaCar acquired 100 per cent of the Munich-based carpooling.com GmbH by taking over shares from Daimler AG and the Earlybird Venture Capital GmbH & Co KG. Carpooling.com operates the portals mitfahrgelegenheit.de and mitfahrzentrale.de. The move creates one of Europe’s largest car sharing networks. Hamburg-based BlablaCar announced to integrate the businesses into its existing service to create a unified ride-sharing experience from Amsterdam to Zagreb. With the acquisition, BlaBlaCar now boasts more than 20 million members in 18 markets in Europe and Asia. I
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Founded in 2001 and backed by Daimler and venture capital firm Early Bird, carpooling.com (known as mitfahrgelegenheit.de in Germany) is the oldest long-distance service in Germany and shaped ride-sharing in the country over the past 14 years, while building a well-respected service. The acquisition will significantly broaden BlaBlaCar’s existing community in Germany, the most populous country in Europe. Its team in Munich will become BlaBlaCar’s eleventh regional office and work alongside BlaBlaCar’s existing German operations in Hamburg. In tthe longer term, the vision is to bring the company’s offerings together under the BlaBlaCar brand.
Annual Growth Of More Than 120 Prozent
Nicolas Brusson, co-founder and COO of BlaBlaCar, said: “We are very pleased to complete this significant acquisition and join forces with carpooling.com. BlaBlaCar and carpooling.com have been pursuing the same goal for years, and now we are creating a truly unified European ridesharing community. A great leap forward for peer-to-peer transport, these acquisitions demonstrate that the sharing economy is consolidating – this is positive news for consumers, as sharing services create new, social and more affordable consumer choices at real scale.” Markus Barnikel, CEO of carpooling.com, adds: “The whole carpooling.com team in Munich is looking forward to working with the global BlaBlaCar team and, together, taking city-to-city ridesharing to the next level.”
All members working in Munich will be taken over by BlaBlaCars. Both parties agreed not to reveal further details on the acquisition.
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