Disrupting Mobility – Frédéric MAZZELLA, CEO of BlaBlaCar

June 1, 2017 Erik Uzureau

Where is the shared economy heading? :
Disrupting Mobility

Frédéric Mazzella
Founder of BlaBlaCar, Executive Chairman

Our distinguished speaker and fellow alumn, Frédéric Mazzella, will share his experience as a successful entrepreneur and his vision on several disruptive trends that are transforming mobility. Our discussions will focus on the topics of:

  • Disrupting the Market Fail Learn Succeed
  • The Shared Economy
  • Innovation

Since pioneering the idea for BlaBlaCar in 2004, Frédéric has led the company to become the world’s largest long-distance carpooling community. As a branding and communications enthusiast, Frédéric has built a global brand whilst relentlessly spreading the word about the virtues of carpooling. Frédéric carries BlaBlaCar’s vision of a people-powered travel network enabled by trust and technology, and is passionate about high social impact solutions. Frédéric is a regular speaker at leading international conferences and in the media, where he comments on the fast changing mobility landscape, entrepreneurship, global marketplaces and building trust in online communities.

Prior to founding BlaBlaCar, Frédéric held the role of scientific researcher at NASA (USA) and NTT (Japan). He holds an MBA from INSEAD, a Masters in Computer Science from Stanford University and a Masters in Physics from Ecole Normale Supérieure (France). Frédéric is also an accomplished classical pianist.


Galette des Rois

February 2, 2017 Erik Uzureau

65 Alumni and Stanford Students gathered with Professor Simoni and Stanford in Paris staff on February 2nd to eat a cake traditionally shared at Epiphany, on 6 January. It celebrates the arrival of the Three Wise Men in Bethlehem.
Composed of a puff pastry cake, with a small charm, the fève, hidden inside, it is usually filled with frangipane, a cream made from sweet almonds, butter, eggs and sugar.

Transforming the Automotive Industry through Innovation – Carlos GHOSN, Chairman & CEO of Renault-Nissan

July 8, 2016 Erik Uzureau

The automotive industry is currently undergoing significant disruption due to digitalization, increasing automation, connectivity & new business models. While there is no unifying perspective on how this industry will evolve over the long term, the Renault-Nissan Alliance is playing a leading role in shaping the vision of the future.

The Stanford Club of France is delighted to present Carlos Ghosn, Chairman & CEO of the Renault-Nissan Alliance, in a lively and in-depth exchange with Philippe Pouletty, Managing Director at Truffle Capital.

Our distinguished speaker, Mr. Ghosn, will share his vision on several disruptive trends that are transforming the automotive industry:

  • the green revolution in the industry,
  • the evolution of mobility,
  • the race for the connected car,
  • autonomous driving,
  • the management of innovation in a fast transforming market.

Carlos Ghosn will be interviewed by Philippe Pouletty (Stanford Post-Doc fellow ’86-88), founder of a leading European Private Equity firm and an expert on innovation. Truffle Capital builds and invests in high-potential companies that develop disruptive technologies, including clean-tech.

How to build a Successful Startup in Europe – Bernard LIAUTAUD, founder Business Objects

June 28, 2016 Erik Uzureau

Bernard Liautaud, a Stanford Alumnus, founded Business Objects in 1990. Business Objects was the world leader in Business Intelligence and the first European software IPO on Nasdaq in 1994. In January 2008, Business Objects was acquired by SAP for $6.8 billion. Since 2008, he is a venture capitalist at Balderton, one of the best VC fund in Europe.

Bernard answered burning questions from the new generation of European entrepreneurs:
• How building a startup today is different from 20 years ago?
• What are the key elements you look at when investing in a start up?
• After Mobile Apps and the Sharing Economy what will be booming in the next five years?
• Few successful startups manage to remain independent in Europe, why?
• What are the best tech hubs in Europe?
• As a member of Stanford University Board, what role do you see for Stanford on the Tech Scene in Silicon Valley and in Europe?

Beyond the Farm

May 2, 2016 Erik Uzureau

At the heart of Stanford University’s founding principles is “a desire to render the greatest possible service to mankind.”

Though these are Jane Stanford’s words, generations of Stanford alumni have made these words their own—this commitment is what Beyond the Farm is all about.
Beyond the Farm seeks to extend Stanford’s spirit of service to communities around the world through the volunteer efforts of alumni, family and friends. With the dedication of every individual within the University’s 200,000+ strong alumni community, we can make a world of difference.
Make Jane proud. Continue Stanford’s legacy of service beyond the Farm.

Digital Transformation – Henri DE CASTRIES, CEO AXA

November 25, 2015 Erik Uzureau

«Leading Digital Transformation: Adapt and Innovate»

In this era of connected consumers – in which markets, business models, and societal trends are rapidly evolving – organizations must disrupt themselves in order to remain competitive.

Our distinguished speakers will share their vision of the digital business and connected markets, as well as their insights on How to lead Digital Transformation within an organization. They will highlight opportunities, challenges and best-practices along the transformation journey.