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Shirly chez BlaBlaCar

I can really feel that the startup scene in France has grown a lot recently.  With the success of companies like BlaBlaCar, Criteo, La Fourchette and others, more young people are taking the “risk” and starting their own companies. France is definitely on the right track.

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I am a global trotter. I lived in 6 countries: USA, Israel, Argentina, Switzerland, England and France, I love travelling, starting new projects, and working with different cultures.

I started my career in international organizations, working on trade and entrepreneurship related projects in Africa and Latin America. I wanted to change the world, but after a few years doing that, I realized that a sustainable change can also come through the creation of social enterprises and jobs.

I decided to come to France for the first time in 2009, due to personal reasons. I have to say they were hardly any startups here at that time and most start up events were behind closed doors. I therefore decided to move to Argentina and I worked in the start-up and social entrepreneurship ecosystem. After a few years, due to personal reasons I had to move to Paris. By then, the startup scene was much more developed and I chose to join BlaBlaCar because I really appreciated the quality of the people and thought it will be a good place to work in.

When I first joined, we were much less employees and the atmosphere was still quite French. The company has expanded a lot since, and has been recruiting more and more multilingual and multi-cultural people to lead the change and support its growth. As an international person, I am very happy to be part of BlaBlaCar as I work on exciting projects that have a global impact. As a Business Development Manager I work on growing BlaBlaCar in Latin America, which includes launching new countries, hiring teams, negotiating partnerships, and developing new growth and product levers. The job is perfect for me as it permits me to travel often to my favorite continent.

I can really feel that the startup scene in France has grown a lot recently.  With the success of companies like BlaBlaCar, Criteo, La Fourchette and others, more young people are taking the “risk” and starting their own companies. France is definitely on the right track.

 

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