Before my move to Paris, I even got friendly warnings about the differences between American and French cultures, which did not come true for me. I found it very easy to adapt to the working culture here.
I was born and raised in Istanbul, Turkey and studied Systems Engineering & Psychology in the USA at Washington University in St. Louis. After university, I came back to Istanbul and worked as a Product Manager at different seed-stage and large scale technology start-ups for 5 years. I gained both local and international experience over 7 different e-commerce, market-place and media products. When the last start up got closed due to a stop in funding, I took this as an opportunity to move to Europe, where I had dreamt to live at some point in my life.
Between companies I interviewed with in London, Berlin and Paris, I decided I was most excited to work at Blablacar for three reasons: my connection with its vision, the truly amazing people in the company, and the opportunities it presented for developing myself. I knew about Blablacar due to their local presence in Turkey, but I have to stay that before moving here I wasn’t very informed about the French tech ecosystem except for names like Deezer.
Before my move to Paris, I even got friendly warnings about the differences between American and French cultures, which did not come true for me. My experience at Blablacar has only been amazing: the company is very international, transparent, true to its values, warm, friendly, innovative, agile and fast.
I found it very easy to adapt to the working culture here. My relocation was very smooth with the tremendous help I received from both Blablacar and organizations like #Reviensleon.
I believe #Reviensleon is going to bring me great connections and learnings personally, as well as positively impact the reputation of France in general as a tech scene.