Robin Chase Keynote Speaker

  • Founder and Board Member, Buzzcar
  • Co-founder and CEO, Zipcar (2000-03)
  • Named one of Time Magazine's "100 Most Influential People" (2009)

Robin Chase's Biography

Robin Chase is a transportation entrepreneur. She is co-founder and former CEO of Zipcar, the largest car-sharing company in the world; she also founded and was CEO of Buzzcar.  She is the co-founder of Veniam, a network company that moves terabytes of data between vehicles and the cloud.   Her most recent book is “Peers Inc: How People and Platforms are Inventing the Collaborative Economy and Reinventing Capitalism“(2015).   Of the book, Chris Anderson (author of The Long Tail) said  ”Peers Inc will change our ideas about how the economy is shaped and will transform how we work, build businesses and crack pressing societal problems”

Robin’s 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 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 include;

-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)

Speaking Topics Include:

Robin is dept on speaking about the role of business and innovation in addressing climate change. She also enjoys talking about the future of transportation; location privacy and how to preserve it; and the need to reduce CO2 emissions now.

  • People-Powered Innovation
  • The Future of Transportation
  • Collaborative Economy
  • Shifting Paradigms to Disrupt Your Industry
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Videos of Robin Chase

TEDtalk: Excuse me, may I rent your car? (2012)
TEDtalk: Excuse me, may I rent your car? (2012)

Articles, Media & Podcasts

Books by Robin Chase

Peers Inc: How People and Platforms Are Inventing the Collaborative Economy and Reinventing Capitalism

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