Bio

Robin Chase is a transportation entrepreneur. She is co-founder and former CEO of Zipcar, the largest carsharing company in the world; as well as co-founder of Veniam, a network company that moves terabytes of data between vehicles and the cloud. Her recent book is Peers Inc: How People and Platforms are Inventing the Collaborative Economy and Reinventing Capitalism. Her current passion is working with cities to maximize the transformation possible with the introduction of self driving cars.

She sits on the Boards of the World Resources Institute and Tucows, and serves on the Dutch multinational DSM’s Sustainability Advisory Board. In the past, she has served on the boards of Veniam and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, the French National Digital Agency, the National Advisory Council for Innovation & Entrepreneurship for the US Department of Commerce, the Intelligent Transportations Systems Program Advisory Committee for the US Department of Transportation, the OECD’s International Transport Forum Advisory Board, the Massachusetts Governor’s Transportation Transition Working Group, and Boston Mayor’s Wireless Task Force.

Robin lectures widely, has been frequently featured in the major media, and has received many awards in the areas of innovation, design, and environment, including Time 100 Most Influential People, Fast Company Fast 50 Innovators, and BusinessWeek Top 10 Designers. Robin graduated from Wellesley College and MIT's Sloan School of Management, was a Harvard University Loeb Fellow, and received an honorary Doctorate of Design from the Illinois Institute of Technology.

AWARDS

  • Urban Land Institute JC Nichols Prize for Visionary in Urban Development (2017)
  • Harvard College Women's Leadership Award (2014)
  • Honorary PhD, Illinois Institute of Technology (2014)
  • Massachusetts Public Health Award (2011)
  • Time 100 Most Influential People (2009)
  • Top 10 Designers (BusinessWeek, 2007)
  • MA Governor's Award for Entrepreneurial Spirit (2003)
  • Innovator of the Year (SBANE, 2002)
  • Woman Entrepreneur of the Year (2001)
  • Fast 50 Innovators (Fast Company, 2001)