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Zipcar Founder Robin Chase on Bottom up Approaches to Business

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Robin Chase is founder of Buzzcar, and before that Zip Car.  She's been listed among Time Magazine's 100 most influential people.

I heard her speak at this years personal democracy forum and she blew me away with her presentation, talking about new kinds of bottom up approaches to doing business. 

My VERY rough notes-- mostly questions. 

Can you talk about Zipcar and what made it unique?

Consumers vs. Collaborators. 

Bottom up transition.  

"Industrialization came at the expense of localness and uniqueness."

Can you give some background on peer to peer and peers incorporated.

"We wouldn't say that yard sales are the same thing as Ebay or that craft fairs are the same thing as Etsy."


Can you spell out exactly what peer to peer is and how it is different than peers incorporated.

Bottom up as a value"

The End of Big: How the Internet Makes David the New Goliath [Nicco Mele

platforms and economies of scale-- 

I've written about the need to come up with ways for companies to do big, to develop strong economies of scale without merging or being acquired or turning into giant companies. 

It seems your thoughts on platforms may apply here. 

Peers incorporated

Open APIs

Facebook becoming more and more onerous

It's about balance between top down and bottom up. 

The difference between Facebook and wikipedia is wikipedia sets rules and regulations that

There's power over and power with. 

Websites have curation and rules"

Collaborators vs customers or consumers. 

How is a collaborator economy different from a consumer economy?

"Authentic engagement"

Consumerism and ever expanding production-- is not sustainable. 

3D printing is returning making it yourself to people. 

Sol griffith   otherlab

You talked about the hotel business and airbnb and scale.

Are airbnb and couch surfing disruptive? Are they changing the hotel industry?

Can you describe a little bit what airbnb does and how it works?

Buzzcar is your new project. What is it?

How's that going?

You mentioned briefly, global warming. What's your connection or interest in global warming?

Effect of peers incorporated on global warming?

It seems to me that this peers incorporated approach could help help global warming. 


Can't solve exponential problems with linear solutions. 

Bill Joy "founder of sun microsystems., says, 

there's smart people outside the room than inside the room."

When I asked Craig Newmark of Craigslist about the big new thing on the web, his answer was trust. 

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Rob Kall is an award winning journalist, inventor, software architect, connector and visionary. His work and his writing have been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, CNN, ABC, the HuffingtonPost, Success, Discover and other media. 

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He is the author of The Bottom-up Revolution; Mastering the Emerging World of Connectivity  

He's given talks and workshops to Fortune 500 execs and national medical and psychological organizations, and pioneered first-of-their-kind conferences in Positive Psychology, Brain Science and Story. He hosts some of the world's smartest, most interesting and powerful people on his Bottom Up Radio Show, and founded and publishes one of the top Google- ranked progressive news and opinion sites,

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Rob Kall has spent his adult life as an awakener and empowerer-- first in the field of biofeedback, inventing products, developing software and a music recording label, MuPsych, within the company he founded in 1978-- Futurehealth, and founding, organizing and running 3 conferences: Winter Brain, on Neurofeedback and consciousness, Optimal Functioning and Positive Psychology (a pioneer in the field of Positive Psychology, first presenting workshops on it in 1985) and Storycon Summit Meeting on the Art Science and Application of Story-- each the first of their kind.  Then, when he found the process of raising people's consciousness and empowering them to take more control of their lives  one person at a time was too slow, he founded which has been the top search result on Google for the terms liberal news and progressive opinion for several years. Rob began his Bottom-up Radio show, broadcast on WNJC 1360 AM to Metro Philly, also available on iTunes, covering the transition of our culture, business and world from predominantly Top-down (hierarchical, centralized, authoritarian, patriarchal, big)  to bottom-up (egalitarian, local, interdependent, grassroots, archetypal feminine and small.) Recent long-term projects include a book, Bottom-up-- The Connection Revolution, debillionairizing the planet and the Psychopathy Defense and Optimization (more...)

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