Zipcar Founder Robin Chase on Starting Buzzcar and a Portugal Venture

Having launched not one but two car sharing services, Chase is now testing spectrum sharing in Portugal
Photograph by Mark Peckmezian for Bloomberg Businessweek

How did Zipcar come about?
I had a co-founder, and she’s German and was on vacation in Germany, where car sharing existed. She was sitting in a cafe, saw a shared car, and thought, “Wow, that’s cool,” and came back to Cambridge and talked to me because I had a business background. In a flash, I saw this is what the Internet was made for, and wireless technology is going to make this possible.

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