CTO talks: Insights from BlaBlaCar’s CTO, Olivier Bonnet

CTO talks: Insights from BlaBlaCar’s CTO, Olivier Bonnet

About this CTO Talks event

BlaBlaCar is the first community-based transportation app. Each year, it allows 60 million members to share a journey in 21 countries. The platform uses technology to connect cars and buses with empty seats with passengers heading in the same direction, so that they can share the costs of the trip.

With BlaBlaCar, no matter where you’re going, you will find the perfect ride at low prices.

Our guest for this episode is the one and only, Olivier Bonnet, who has been leading the engineering teams at BlaBlaCar since 2017, bringing a unique managerial perspective and technical vision.

First-time CTO, but with a massive background in tech, Olivier will share insights about:

  • His 1st 30 days in the position, including the challenges of succeeding a co-founder who previously held the role.
  • the lessons learned in 2023 and the roadmap for 2024
  • the balance between innovation and profitability
  • strategies for inspiring teams to challenge existing providers.

About CTO Talks: CTO Talks is a series of one-hour interviews, hosted by Globant and moderated by Cornel Fatulescu, CTO for France and Germany. CTO Talks is different from other CTO webinars as it only focuses on the CTO role and how different it is in various organizational contexts.

About our speakers

Olivier Bonnet

Olivier Bonnet - Guest

Olivier joined BlaBlaCar in 2017. He’s leading the Engineering, Data, Product and Design teams. Before BlaBlaCar, Olivier spent 12 years at Apple in France and in the United States, leading the iCloud Client teams.

Besides his day job at BlaBlaCar, Olivier has been an active angel investor. He enjoys coaching CTOs and VPs Engineering of European startups and scaleups.

Cornel Fatulescu

Cornel Fatulescu - Host

Cornel is a senior strategist, mentor, and coach with extensive experience in SaaS, two-sided markets, IS transformation, technology due diligence, and leadership of large-scale organizations & technology teams. After Pentalog’s acquisition by Globant, Cornel is currently transitioning to a role of CTO for France & Germany, with a focus on leading the company’s product and technology strategy on the French market.