Robin Chase

Founder, CEO, Chairman, Buzzcar
Paris, France

About Robin


Robin Chase is founder and CEO of Buzzcar, a service that brings together car owners and drivers in a carsharing marketplace. 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.


English, French

TED Conferences

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.

Comments & conversations

Robin Chase
Posted over 2 years ago
Cameron Russell: Looks aren't everything. Believe me, I'm a model.
I used to tel my kids often that they were lucky, And I also make it a point to tell them that we are comprised of three things: our genes (over which we have no control); our environment (as children you have no control over this but you do as a grownup); and your personal effort. I rewarded a lot for effort. And reminded them to evalutate themselves and others by this same benchmark. Someone else here talked about respect for everyone. This was drilled in to me by my father, and I drilled it into my kids. All working people deserve your respect and should be treated well. Lastly, to another comment about consumption and status, that is something that I've worked really hard to communicate through our own lifestyle and values: assets don't bring happiness and don't mean anything. But I recognize we have the luxury of enough status to be able to do this.