SXSW 2013 Oct. 7 Keynote Robin Chase – Quick Notes

Robin Chase has been busy. She’s the founder and CEO of Buzzcar, founder and former CEO of Zipcar and GoLoco. She also happens to be on and has been on multiple advisory boards. Check all that out here.

With this post I’m going to simply list out some of the key points and statements made by Robin in the keynote. If anyone who attended the keynote finds anything erroneous please let me know by sending an email to


– Information was taken from the World Bank report on climate change. Some notable information taken from the World Bank site: “The report says today’s climate could warm from the current global mean temperature of 0.8°C above pre-industrial levels, to as high as 4°C by 2100, even if countries fulfill current emissions-reduction pledges.”

She delved into a bit more by throwing out some numbers about how the climate is changing rapidly,  as opposed to how it has changed historically. Rather than simply regurgitate numbers, it would be best to read the reports (PDF):

Turn Down the Heat – Climate Extremes, Regional Impacts, and the Case for Resilience
Turn Down the Heat – Why a 4°C Warmer World Must be Avoided

– Robin then went on to discuss something she has already spoken about in other media forums, including TED and Vimeo.

“Companies like Buzzcar are commonly described as “peer-to-peer,” but Chase prefers the phrase “Peers Incorporated,” which implies not only sharing among members of a network, but also the involvement of a corporation as a go-between.” – Taken from

Following is her TED talk:

– A primary example of a “peers incorporated” organization that Robin is excited about is Airbnb. She stated that Airbnb now has more beds available than the largest hotel group IHG. I can’t verify or deny this, but if anyone has the facts and the source to prove it, speak up!

– – If you have a site that utilizes peer collaboration, then Robin has requested that you submit it for inclusion on the site.

– Last words: Our carbon budget is low; we should all feel an incredible sense of urgency.

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