Eric La Bonnardière co-founded Evaneos in 2009. An online marketplace connecting individual travelers with the best hand-picked local travel experts in 160 countries—the company has seen exponential year-on-year growth, with over 500,000 travelers today. In 2018 Evaneos closed a landmark fundraising round of over $80 million confirming its vanguard position within the rapidly changing tourism industry. As a passionate globetrotter, Eric understands the transformational power of authentic experiences and personal connections—both for travelers and the communities they visit. It was out of this conviction that tourism can affect positive change that Evaneos was born in collaboration with Yvan Wibaux, his co-founder.