BlaBlaCar co-founder and president Frédéric Mazzella takes on the co-presidency of France Digitale, the main federation of start-ups in France, with a very European agenda, France Digitale announced on Friday. Frédéric Mazzella, 42, is the president of BlaBlaCar, one of the few French unicorns, young shoots whose valuation is estimated at more than a billion dollars.
Among his priorities, Frédéric Mazzella intends to plead for an acceleration of European harmonization. The fragmentation of European markets is indeed a real drag at the foot of start-ups competing with Chinese or American counterparts who benefit from huge domestic markets, he believes. So, for example, when a start-up wants to distribute shares to its employees, a crucial form of remuneration for young companies experiencing strong growth but little or no profit: “It’s very complicated“To distribute it across Europe,”there are as many laws to be respected as there are countries», He regrets.
France Digitale wants to be heard during the European elections
France Digitale claims 1,200 start-up members in France and the title of the most important federation of this type in Europe, ahead of its German counterpart. It also has around a hundred investor members, represented by its other co-president, Jean-David Chamboredon, of the ISAI investment fund.
France Digitale has created a European coalition with around thirty of its counterparts. It will offer candidates for the next European elections, scheduled for May 2019, to participate in public hearings to present their vision of start-ups. Frédéric Mazzella succeeds Rachel Delacour, who became vice-president of the American group Zendesk after the acquisition in 2015 of her start-up Bime Analytics.