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Robin Chase

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Robin Chase is founder and CEO of Buzzcar, a service that brings together car owners and drivers in a carsharing marketplace. Buzzcar.com empowers individuals to take control of their mobility, without looking to governments or big businesses for solutions. She currently serves on the Board of the World Resources Institute, the US Secretary of Commerce's National Advisory Committee for Innovation & Entrepreneurship, and the US Department of Transportation's Intelligent Transportation Systems Program Advisory Committee. She served on the World Economic Forum Future of Transportation Council, the Massachusetts Governor’s Transportation transition team, and the Boston Mayor’s Wireless Task Force.

Robin Chase is founder and CEO of GoLoco, an online ridesharing community. GoLoco helps people quickly arrange to share car trips of all lengths between trusted friends, neighbors, and colleagues, and handles online payments from passengers to drivers for their share of the trip costs. GoLoco's innovative combination of social networks and online payment systems recasts how we think about car travel, making it a time for socializing and with a new emphasis on trip efficiency, in order to reduce per passenger costs.

Robin is founder and former CEO of Zipcar, the largest carsharing company in the world. Zipcar’s use of the Internet and wireless technology enables rental cars to emulate personal cars. Zipcar's disruptive technology gives its members on-demand access to cars by-the-hour, revolutionizing people's relationship to their cars and improving the quality of urban life for all.

Robin lectures widely and has been frequently featured in the major media including the Today Show, The New York Times, National Public Radio, Wired, Newsweek, Time and Businessweek magazines, as well as several books on entrepreneurship. She has received many awards, including Time 100 Most Influential People in the World, the Massachusetts Governor's Award for Entrepreneurial Spirit, Start-up Woman of the Year, Business Week’s top 10 designers, Fast Company's Fast 50 Champions of Innovation, technology and innovation awards from Fortune, CIO, and Info World Magazines, and numerous environmental awards from national, state, and local governments and organizations.

Companies and Investments

Buzzcar (founder and CEO), GoLoco (founder and CEO), Veniam Works (Executive Chairman), Zipcar (founder and former CEO)

Lessons Learned

On the first three steps for a young entrepreneur to turn their idea into a business:

1. Figure out the minimum viable product/service to get to your first customers. (and when you figure that out, realize that it could actually be even more spare).

2. Talk about your idea to as many people as you can. This will start you on the path of finding connections to money, team members, clients, suppliers, and also help hone the concept if you listen well and keep following down the referral paths.

3. Start. Actually start. It’ll commit you to stop thinking about it and start doing it.

Inspiring Quotes

You cant solve exponential problem with linear solutions.

Banny Banerjee

Find excess capacity and capitalize on it - its the cheapest resource you can find.

Kerci Marcello Stroud

Climate change, once considered an issue for a distant future, has moved firmly into the present.

National Climate Assessment

Entrepreneurs disrupt, its what they do, & our economy needs them. Ignoring them, banning them or striking wont help us manage disruption

Neelie Kroes

Invest in what helps and divest from what harms.

President Obama

Robin Chase's Quotes

Entrepreneurship was never a word I thought much about, but the idea of making and building things autonomously and doing it was definitely my personality for a long time.

Robin Chase

I felt I was a head of an urban lifestyle company and Ive never conceived of myself as car person [or knowing] anything about cars. Its a funny thing.

Robin Chase

Being an entrepreneur, I could have imagined, but working with cars, absolutely not.

Robin Chase

One of my delights in thinking about excess capacity as an input for innovation is that it transforms the economics of what’s possible.

Robin Chase

I have never been motivated by money.

Robin Chase

Influential Books

Gabriel Garcia Marquez - One Hundred Years of Solitude 1998 Perennial Classic paperback Oprah's Book Club sticker on front

Leo Tolstoy - War and Peace (Vintage Classics)

Mentors

Kay Koplovitz, Jennifer Hyman, Lexy Funk, Caterina Fake, Alyssa Fischer

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