robin chase

robin chase

[boston, ma]

first intro’d to Robin at bif6..?


intrigued with

Leveraging the 1 billion vehicles around the globe, Veniam delivers advanced networking technology that connects infrastructure, people and moving things to each other and to the Internet. By turning vehicles into WiFi hotspots, Veniam greatly expands internet access in crowded urban spaces and brings terabytes of city data from the physical-world to the cloud. Veniam’s solutions are also used in controlled spaces, like ports and container terminals, where they guarantee reliable wireless coverage, low latency, increased security, and new real–time data for improved operations.

Currently in Porto, Portugal, Veniam has built and deployed the largest network of connected vehicles in the world, with more than 600 connected vehicles and 60,000 unique monthly users.

via Nilofer Merchant (@nilofer)

Robin Chase life lessons:

The collaborative economy is larger than the sharing economy.@rmchase

The collaborative economy is larger than the sharing economy. The sharing economy feels to me like it’s about assets. The collaborative economy is everything. It’s making clear and visceral to us that, if I can have real-time access not just to hard assets, but to people, to networks, to experiences, it means that the way I do my own personal life is completely transformed. I don’t have to do any hoarding.

I don’t have to be worried about having stuff and owning it. I can start to rely on the fact that I can reach out and find the right person at the right moment. That dramatically transforms how you live. Instead of on-demand cars, it’s an on-demand life, in a much larger fullness.



Excuse me, may I rent your car?

zipcar to buzzcar


july 2015

I want to live in a world where I can trust that people are good


mother to Cameron Russell


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Now: Founder or co-founder: Zipcar, Veniam, Buzzcar, GoLoco. Focus on open solutions, pragmatic implementation & real-time CO2 reductions. Book: Peers Inc

nov 2015 – platform coop

LIVE on #Periscope: Robin Chase #platformcoop Urgency for Evolution…

everyone at the end of their day is saying.. i’m running out of money… so my question… what does it cost to make something that might have traction.. millions of dollars.. it is not cheap..

ultimately.. he/she who finances platform makes the rules…

how many times can i finance it.. and it will fail… everyone’s talking about blockchain.. i am too.. (this is still robin).. hoping blockchain will get going one day.. but i’m talking about a sense of urgency.. we are in today.. the longterm success.. eleanor ostrom.. the non tragedy of the commons.. when did the commons not get ruined.. common pool resources.. 1\ make economic livelihood 2\ can’t be exclusive.. eleanor’s work plays out when you care about the long term liability of platform… fundamental problem.. when owner doesn’t have to care..  you want peers to want to participate.. in long run not a collab if they don’t want to participate

so – the need to go deep/simple/open enough

we need monetary support till ie: blockchain in place..  like the volunteer coordinator problem… workers starving.. and can only go for like 18 months… this is not a viable path… 1\ person that creates platform deserves money 2\ value received in every transaction – can’t forget people are participating because of value to them 3\ network effects created by each of us peers is going fully to platform developer.. yet we created those network effects.. w/o platform.. peers can’t organize.. and not network effects..

how do we separate platform from value and make sure creators get value.. my urgency around climate change and income equality…

adding for (blank)’s sake after listening to Robin..

for humanity’s sake.. costello screen/service law begs a leapfrog

for urgency’s sake.. graeber model law begs a leapfrog

for sustainability’s sake..siemens glue law begs a leapfrog

alternative is to .. forsake us. to perpetuate not-us ness.


interview on sharing econ

people and platforms – peers inc.. reality/strife is here: he who creates platform sets rules of engagement.. so the future is: who is creating that platform and how is it being financed.. i’d suggest platforms distributively built and value shared; ie: blockchain – tech underlying bitcoin.. that’s what we’ll see in future


4 min – peers suck.. because 80% .. not professional and won’t do what you want.. so need many more people… to counter that (paraphrase)


entrepreneurs don’t want to see mistakes… need to own them..

6 min – next segment of revolution.. i’d like to see .. smart cities.. smart homes.. how can we make our lives more efficient by having platform do heavy analysis that individual won’t ever pay attention to.. ie: that make life easier; agriculture – food industry; clever platforms that empower individual

12 min – big on numbers.. money..


15 min ff – interview on future of sharing econ.. talking about when is a good time to sell..?

19 min – venium – you’re a flea.. so big guys don’t want to take you seriously.. and that’s great.. so it’s over time.. if providing value.. will win..

21 min – what is their weak spot and who is not happen with them.. go after them

28 min – we need to move social contract from full-time labor..

31 min – i’ve been asking people around the world… are we going to have an evolution or revolution… majority are saying revolution.. this is shocking to me.. i think we are getting to a place where people are feeling unrest.. people feeling very unprotected and unhappy…

ps in the open ness

33 min – i like the idea of peer production – buzz car (vs zip car) – but i was struck by how hard it was .. this p2p ness

35 min – the pace/scaling.. of airbnb – you can’t keep up w/brick and mortar

36 min – we’re not going to share everything… but now we own everything … so swing back… who’s going to build the infrastructure.. ie: zip car.. collab financed/built/consumed… vineum.. the device i already bought is now going to be multi-purposed..

37 min – one reason i wrote this book.. this method is so fast.. it’s going to happen… so .. when it happens.. what are we going to do to protect us.. to help climate change… to address employment..

39 min – to deal w/climate – policy is to put a price on carbon..

40 min – what we know is this is going to happen.. so if we want to be first.. we need to do it..  why are we disrupting industries that are going under anyway

42 min – big tech bubble coming… collab econ is 100% the future


interview on future of work – nov 2015

“it seems strange to me that we would always recommend to companies that their revenue streams are diverse, yet for individuals, the smallest and most fragile economic unit, we say: you must only do one thing all your life. What a crazy way to live; 87% of people in full-time employment are not passionate about what they do. When I look at this new way of work, I think of it as opt-in. It gives people economic agency, it puts them in charge. And it gives them flexibility. People love those things.”


We have been taught to believe in security over fulfilment, security over passion,” Chase says. And anyway the opposition is probably a false one. “In the US, only 25% of work-age adults now have what we might call a full-time job with benefits. We have already moved away from that model and it is not coming back.


What she hopes the emerging platforms will inspire – and she sees no boundary to them in any industry or service – is a new openness and flexibility of thought. “Traditionally companies have kept value internally and enforced it with patents and trademarks and certifications,” she says. “What we have learned from these platform companies is that the way to grow fastest is by inviting the participation of people outside your company. That is what BlaBaCar and Airbnb and Uber and YouTube and Moocs thrive on. They exploit passion that exists outside the company. It is a profound shift in what delivers value.”



Basic income is the only logical consequence in our digital collaborative economy @rmchase @nilofer #inspirefest

me to @gruenlichrosa @rmchase @nilofer: perhaps this is our time to disengage from measuring transactions.. a nother way

@rmchase to me: Definitely need to measure more meaningful things than broken GDP…

me to @rmchase: why measure..?

@rmchase to me: we manage what we measure. Why govt isn’t paying attention to some important things

me to @rmchase: so perhaps a reboot/do-over of govt ness.. we have means today to disengage from measuring/managing.

@rmchase to me: yes we do need to rethink how we manage & messure our economies #brexit & trump sanders demonstrate brokenness

a nother way ie: host life bits.. as the day


july 5 – convo in white house…


“We need to start thinking about universal #basicincome.”-@rmchase The UBI part of the discussion just started!…

ubi as temp placebo – otherwise we remain in broken feedback loop

a nother way


Live from the @WhiteHouse via @futurism: a conversation about automation & its impact on the US economy… #basicincome

to unlock people’s skills & passions – @rmchase

rev of everyday life toward antifragility

a nother way

a fraction of us are getting to do our passion jobs – @rmchase

free us all 1st

host life bits

bi as placebo

if we don’t address climate.. doesn’t matter what we think will happen in 100 yrs @rmchase

a nother way – short

income ineq & uneq access to opp.. generates a larger security threat than other things – @rmchase

all of us – one ness

we have this opp to address so many issues – @rmchase

time to leap.. we can

we can’t not.. for (blank)’s sake

key piece of solution.. automation unlocking my crazy ideas – @rmchase

host life bits. as the day.

why sequential – @rmchase

believing the timing/need is here for a leap. won’t happen (the dance) if some of us aren’t free

not so much sequential.. as all at once..

I struggle with how quickly we can evolve. Must be rapid, otherwise revolution. B how pragmatically – @rmchase

exactly. and what i’ve been working on…

Trick is how to speed pace of evolution of govts & legacy cos to address #inequality #climate in time