Busbud connects travelers with intercity bus operators by providing a centralized bus ticket marketplace, making bus travel around the world easy.
Co-Founder & CEO: LP Maurice
HQ: Montréal, QC, Canada
Having freshly completed his MBA at Harvard, Busbud's co-founder and CEO LP Maurice wanted to explore the world before deciding what challenge to tackle next. So in the summer of 2011, he decided to backpack across South America on an eye-opening journey from the southern tip of Argentina to the mountains of Peru.
Throughout his trip, LP realized that he loved traveling by bus. However, he was spending too much time figuring out how to get from point A to point B. Between the language barrier, the amount of bus companies available and the difficulty of finding reliable schedules, bus travel at the time was frustrating.
While riding a bus in Argentina, LP wrote the entire business plan for Busbud. Upon his return to Canada, he recruited childhood friends Mike Gradek and Fred Thouin to launch the company with, and the rest is history. In an era where travelers can easily book a flight, hail a cab, and reserve a hotel room online, there needs to be a better way to buy bus tickets. And now, there is.
Busbud is at the forefront of the transformation of the large and growing global bus travel industry into a modern marketplace. LP and his management team have built an industry-leading platform marrying supply and demand at a time when mobile services are simply expected.