How people and businesses are turning excess capacity into abundance.
Renting your spare room via Airbnb
Selling jewellery you've made on Etsy
Learning a new language on DuoLingo
Sending a message with WhatsApp
Finding a date on Tinder
These activities are all made possible by the new collaborative economy, and they are all examples of Peers Inc companies.
A revolution has been happening in business. People are coming together with corporations to redefine how businesses work, transforming capitalism along the way. New web-enabled platforms (the Inc) are making it possible for peers to realise the potential of their excess capacity (their spare room, smartphones, experiences, free time or networks) to create exciting new ways to work and succeed.
In this path-breaking book Robin Chase, co-founder of Zipcar, shows how Peers Inc companies are unlocking the power of the collaborative economy. And further she demonstrates how this revolution is extending beyond business, changing government and legacy companies and its potential to help solve large scale social problems - from disappearing jobs to climate change.
Peers Inc will change our ideas about how the economy is shaped and will transform how we work, build businesses and crack pressing societal problems. - Chris Anderson, author of The Long Tail
Robin Chase is the co-founder and first CEO of Zipcar. She is also co-founder of three other companies (Veniam, Buzzcar, and GoLoco). She was named one of Time's 100 Most Influential People in the World, a BusinessWeek Top Ten Designer, a Fast Company Champion of Innovation and has been featured in the New York Times, NPR, Today, Wired, Forbes, Inc and Newsweek. She lives in Cambridge, MA.