Summary of Peers Inc

How People and Platforms Are Inventing the Collaborative Economy and Reinventing Capitalism

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Zipcar co-founder Robin Chase explains the collaborative economy and how it’s changing the commercial world.


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Robin Chase, the co-founder of the trailblazing car-sharing company Zipcar, proves uniquely qualified to describe the collaborative – as well as powerful and disruptive – business model she calls “Peers Inc.” It’s revolutionizing commerce by matching “excess capacity” with a “platform for participation” and a diverse user spectrum. The “Inc” is the organization with the resources to develop a platform; “peers” are the individuals who use that platform as a springboard for innovation. Chase’s ambitious work covers a lot of ground, and readers might struggle to keep up, but she challenges people to create platforms and contribute their talents. getAbstract recommends her lively corporate saga and reasoned, visionary insights to entrepreneurs, economists, business professors and students, investors and social activists.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How a “Peers Inc” organization differs from conventional enterprises
  • How Peers Inc structures change business for individuals and companies
  • What challenges Peers Inc companies face


The Birth of Zipcar
One morning in 1999, Robin Chase’s friend Antje described watching someone hop into a shared car in Berlin. Antje wondered if the shared-car concept would work in her New England city of Cambridge, Massachusetts. Chase grasped the idea’s potential because she was its...
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About the Author

Co-founder and former CEO of Zipcar Robin Chase has started three more businesses. Chase is one of Time’s “100 Most Influential People in the World.”

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