Flixbus (styled "FLiXBUS") is a German brand which offers intercity bus service in various European countries and the United States. Launched in 2013 following the deregulation of the German bus market, Flixbus aimed to establish an alternative to carpooling and Deutsche Bahn, the German state-owned railway. In 2015, after the merger with the competing startup MeinFernbus, Flixbus controlled 71% of the German market (measured in kilometres driven by the company). Flixbus is now rapidly expanding across Europe. The company's investors include General Atlantic,Holtzbrinck Ventures and Silver Lake Partners.