German chauffeur service Blacklane’s chief executive is considering “options” for the company, including a potential IPO, but has said markets would need to pick up first.
Lee Hayhurst spoke to Henning Groß about how a genuine commitment to forging a sustainable future is helping the chauffeur service attract the right tech talent.
A culture that priorities people and a sense of purpose has become essential for any successful travel business, according to Blacklane chief technology officer Henning Groß. The global chauffeur service brought Groß in as its fulltime head of tech in April after a short period working for it as an advisor having set up his own consultancy Zeile7 in 2019. With a background of successfully scaling tech teams in other sectors experiencing significant change like the media and insurance, Groß now finds himself in travel.
‘The Entrepreneurs’ welcomes on board the co-founder of global chauffeur service Blacklane and the founder and president of airline Sky Alps. Jens Wohltorf set out on the Blacklane journey more than a decade ago in Berlin, while Josef Gostner’s airline is earlier in its ascent but covering some beautiful ground as it takes wing from Bolzano. How do entrepreneurs in transport keep things nimble? And how have two years of a global pandemic reshaped the landscape – on the road and in the sky?
There are times — after a red-eye or long-haul flight comes to mind — when you just might not want to line up for a taxi or order yet another ride-hailing service where you have to scramble to find the meet-up point.
Maybe you just want a reliable luxury ride, with a chauffeur waiting not curbside but actually inside the airport with your name on a sign, ready to escort you out. Someone who’s actually been tracking your flight’s arrival time and is sure to be there the minute you emerge with your luggage, ready to hand you a cold bottle of water and get you on your way — whether that be to your home or around your destination city.
Whether you’ve landed in Shanghai or San Francisco, that’s where Blacklane might just make your day (and drive). The world’s leading global chauffeur service feels something like a mix between a ride-hailing app and a personal chauffeur. It’s available in more than 70 countries and over 300 cities around the world.
Read on to decide if this popular chauffeur service is right for you.
So how early do you get to the airport for your flight? New data from one global chauffeur service — Blacklane — says a growing number of travelers don’t follow airline and airport advice about when to arrive for your flight.