WORCESTER — Robin Chase, best known as the founder and former CEO of Zipcar, the largest car-sharing network in the world, urges individuals, companies and governments to look for “excess capacity,” use their assets more efficiently and find ways to find value in the resources they have.
Ms. Chase was the guest presenter at The Worcester Economic Club’s Speakers Series meeting at College of the Holy Cross on Wednesday evening. Her topic was “Sharing: A Simple Approach for Maximizing ROI” — return on investment.
In addition to establishing Zipcar 15 years ago, Ms. Chase is the co-founder and board member of BuzzCar, a peer-to-peer car service based in France and Veniam ‘Works, a vehicle network communications company that turns cars into mobile Wi-Fi hot spots.
Ms. Chase said in an interview before her speech that the world is moving into an age in which every sector of the economy can get the most out of its assets by sharing and seeking innovation. The key to successful ventures is collaboration and building “platforms for participation.”