Peers Inc: How to think about, build, and scale a collaborative platform organization
Date: This event took place live on October 13 2015
Presented by: Robin Chase
Duration: Approximately 60 minutes.
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Before Uber and Airbnb, there was Zipcar. Robin Chase, the founder of ZipCar, has been studying the peer economy ever since. If you want to understand the fundamental drivers of success that connect Uber, AirBnb, and other on demand companies to social media platforms, crowdsourcing, and crowdfunding. Robin calls it Peers Inc. - and has developed a general theory of how peer production platforms succeed. In this webcast we'll cover how to build a Peers Inc company, from inception through maturity, sharing power according to developmental phase in order to maximize the likelihood of success and produce a long-lasting and sustainable company.
About Robin Chase
Robin Chase is a transportation entrepreneur. She is co-founder and former CEO of Zipcar, the largest carsharing company in the world; Buzzcar, a peer to peer carsharing service in France (now merged with Drivy); and GoLoco, an online ridesharing community. She is also co-founder and Executive Chairman of Veniam, a vehicle communications company building the networking fabric for the Internet of Moving Things. She is also author of the newly released book Peers Inc: How People and Platforms are Inventing the Collaborative Economy and Reinventing Capitalism.
She is on the Boards of Veniam, the World Resources Institute, and Tucows. She also served on the board of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, 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.