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Robin Chase: The New Breed of Social Networking Entrepreneur

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Robin Chase has a career of outstanding achievements, including but not limited to being one of the pioneers in leveraging social networks to build a successful business. Robin Chase was listed in the 100 Most Influential People’s list by Times, for 2009.

Robin Chase has a resume that includes awards like Start-up Woman of the Year, Fast Company's Fast 50 Champions of Innovation, Technology and Innovation awards from Fortune, and InfoWorld magazines, Massachusetts Governor's Award for Entrepreneurial Spirit, and numerous awards from national, state and local governments for her initiatives to preserve the environment.

Robin Chase's career as a student flourished during her graduation from Wellesley College and MIT's Sloan School of Management. Consequently, she received a Loeb Fellowship at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.



Robin Chase's resume includes the honor of being the founding CTO of Zipcar, and currently the Chief Technology Officer of GoLoco. Robin Chase innovated the concept of Zipcar as a new type of car sharing service that she popularized and conducted primarily through internet social networking. Now, as the CTO of GoLoco, she combines social networking with car-pooling as a business. Robin Chase has her own blog at Network Musings on topics of environment and is also the founder of Meadow Networks, which strives to create a shared wireless network for end-users.

Robin Chase's career has extended from private sector entrepreneurship to holding advisory posts at government bodies and currently she is a Board member for the World Resources Institute, and also on the Intelligent Transportation Systems Program Advisory Committee of the US Department of Transportation. She is also a member of the World Economic Forum's Transportation Council and the National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Robin Chase has a career that has found mention in several books on entrepreneurship and is held as exemplary for environment conscious businesses. Robin Chase's outstanding achievement was in managing to connect clients and service providers in transportation through the use of social networking and GPS.

Robin Chase's new venture, GoLoco is a business that helps people to share rides. GoLoco helps people to find friends, neighbors, and colleagues who have similar routes of travel or similar destinations and matches them to split the cost. GoLoco manages the payments fairly and is currently one of the most successful business efforts entirely leveraging the power of the internet.

As Times reported: ''Robin's work illustrates what's best about people using the Internet'' not well-intentioned yet futile do-goodism but business that's also a community service. It's about people using the Internet to work together in the service of one another.'' One can hardly disagree, given Robin Chase's resume.
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