Ben is a web enthusiast and startup entrepreneur, passionate about the sharing economy. Before Co-founding Carpool Arabia, he worked as a management consultant for five years. While commuting, everyday, from Dubai to Abu Dhabi, CarpoolArabia.com founder, Benjamin de Terssac, made a few simple observations that led him to the launch of the first ride share startup in the Middle East. Seeing the massive need to alleviate traffic congestion and eradicate the frustrations of consumers who need a quick and reliable way to get to their destinations, Carpool launched with great market traction in Dubai. Carpool Arabia is one of the most talked about startups out of Dubai following the footsteps of Dubizzle, Cobone, Just Falafel and Nabbesh. The startup aims to be the Uber of the Middle East. It was during Startup Weekend Dubai, in late November 2013, that Carpool Arabia came to life. Coincidentally, it was the very same weekend de Terssac would meet his business partner – now cofounder and Chief Product Officer – Guillaume Arnaud (pictured below, left).The company was bootstrapped with a $50,000 investment from the founders, and six weeks later, CarpoolArabia.com was open for beta users. The website officially launched on February 18, 2014. The growth rate for this small scale startup is looking promising. As of December 1, 2014, 35,667 seats have been offered across 667,354km throughout the UAE (the average trip being 46km). According to the CEO, this marks an increase of 58% month-on-month, with the number of users now reaching 965 (an increase of 36% month-on-month). http://www.carpoolarabia.com/ Some of the best learning points from this interview will be
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