BlaBlaCar, the 14-year-old French tech unicorn which has grow to be synonymous with carpooling, has thus far raised a staggering €396.4 million ($448.5 million) from buyers together with Accel Companions and Index Ventures.

Whereas issues are going nicely for the enterprise, Frédéric Mazzella, co-founder of BlaBlaCar, instructed Progress Quarters the journey wasn’t at all times clean crusing.

In accordance with Mazzella, it’s vital for founders to nurture their providing even because the enterprise evolves: “Ensuring the product stays constant is likely one of the hardest issues.”

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As an example, should you provide a B2B product, it’s possible that clients will request particular options to boost their very own providing. This degree of customization requires technical groups to implement extra performance — and the hazard lies in ending up with a roadmap of product options that turns into countless and finally renders your product unusable.

“The identical applies whenever you develop a shopper service like ours. Every nation is changing into a brand new consumer, a brand new buyer asking for particular options to adapt to the way in which issues are finished in that individual territory,” Mazzella says. “You wrestle to keep up the product as standardized as doable.”

BlaBlaCar’s development in numbers

Mazzella co-founded BlaBlaCar with Nicolas Brusson and Francis Nappez again in 2006 to attach drivers and passengers prepared to journey collectively and share the value of the journey.

It appears Mazzella discovered an actual area of interest within the market as BlaBlaCar’s companies have been nicely obtained. The firm reported a 71% year-on-year development in 2019 when in comparison with the earlier 12 months.