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Robin Chase leads Meadow Networks, a consulting firm that advises transportation and planning departments at city, state, federal government agencies, and NGOs about wireless and mesh networking applications in the transportation sector, and impacts on innovation and economic development. 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.
Ms. 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 Chase 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 Chase has presented many lectures and has appeared in major media including the Today Show and National Public Radio. She, also, has been featured in The New York Times, Wired, Newsweek, Time, and BusinessWeek magazines, as well as several books on entrepreneurship. She has received many awards, including Time's 100 Most Influential People in the World, the Massachusetts Governor's Award for Entrepreneurial Spirit, Start-up Woman of the Year, BusinessWeek's top 10 designers, and Fast Company's Fast 50 Champions of Innovation. She has also received technology and innovation awards from Fortune, CIO, and Info World magazines, and numerous environmental awards from national, state, and local governments and organizations.