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. Robin is also founder and former CEO of Zipcar, the largest carsharing company in the world, and GoLoco, an online ridesharing community.
She is on the Board of the World Resources Institute, the National Advisory Council for Innovation & Entrepreneurship for the US Department of Commerce, and the OECD’s International Transport Forum Advisory Board. She also served on the Intelligent Transportations Systems Program Advisory Committee for the US Department of Transportation, th 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, and was a Harvard University Loeb Fellow.
TEDGlobal 2012, TED2007
Areas of Expertise
Transportation, wireless networks, entrepreneurship, Climate Change
I'm passionate about
climate change, transportation's role in it, the power of wireless technologies to become an important tool in reducing energy consumption, open source and collaborative efforts
People don't know I'm good at
knitting, & color
My TED story
I spoke at TED once before, April 2008, about mesh networking.http://www.ted.com/talks/robin_chase_on_zipcar_and_her_next_big_idea.html