When the best of people power is combined with the best of corporate power to form “Peers Inc” organizations a potent creative force is released. The “Inc” in these collaborations delivers the industrial strengths of significant scale and resources, and the “Peers” bring the individual strengths of localization, specialization, and customization together unlocking the power of the collaborative economy. When excess capacity is harnessed by the platform and diverse peers participate, a completely new dynamic is unleashed.
I give a lot of talks.
About innovation, entrepreneurship, technology, transportation, cities, and climate change.
For a wide variety of institutions: GE, Fidelity, Cisco, Erikson, Associations (all kinds), Universities (everywhere), TED and ideas conferences all around the world.
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.
Craig Newmark wrote some nice words, when I was 2009 Time 100 Most Influential People: "Robin's work illustrates what's best about people using the Internet: not well-intentioned yet futile do-goodism but business that's also a community service. It's about people using the Internet to work together in the service of one another."
Nico Pitney did a great job interviewing me: “A Revolutionary Entrepreneur On Happiness, Money, And Raising A Supermodel”
This article in Inc magazine, “How I Survived a Huge Screwup” got a lot of attention.
The Future of Self Driving Cars in Cities, June 2016, lays out what I think is in store for us if we 'wait-and-see' (Hell!) versus acting proactively (Heaven!).
Way back in 2007, I express my infatuation with mesh networks in this TED talk. Veniam is the direct result of this long-held dream about the ability to collaboratively build and collaboratively finance wireless infrastructure.
TED Global 2012 was my very first framing of Peers Inc and injects some reality into what it means to build a business on peer production.
In 2011 I gave a lecture to students at the Founder Institute in Paris. It is my best synthesis about how to think about branding.
I've written some here and there for the New York Times, Boston Globe, Financial Times, and Wired, and blogged for myself, Linked In, and the National Journal. A few pieces are still worth reading:
"Self Driving Cars will Ruin our Cities if They Don't Improve Them" (Backchannel, 2016)
"Disrupted Transport will Be Better for Us in the End" (Financial Times, 2015)
"Will the future of Driverless Cars be Heaven or Hell?" (Atlantic Cities, 2014)
"Fossil Fuel is the New Slavery" (Huffington Post, 2010)
"Time for Cooperative Capitalism." (My blog, 2008)