Armchair enthusiast no more: this April, I jumped back into emerging mobility solutions as Strategy Supervisor for Ford Motor Company. The role is a unique opportunity to bring together my work with entrepreneurship, intrapreneurship, and corporate innovation with transit, transportation, and mobility on new company initiatives. And that’s all I can tell you about that.
Prior to Ford, I worked as Implementation Manager with Techstars to build a global ecosystem that empowers entrepreneurs to bring new technologies to market. With 18 mentorship-driven accelerator programs worldwide, Techstars exists to support the world’s most promising entrepreneurs throughout their lifelong journey, and I had the unique opportunity to collaborate with some of the world’s leading companies, including Virgin Media, Target Corporation, and Anheuser-Busch InBev.
Before joining Techstars, I helped grow Zipcar’s car sharing model as Seattle Marketing Manager, San Francisco Bay Area Locations Manager, and in new cities and airports in North America as Market Launch Manager. My work in 2013 as project manager for Zipcar’s Detroit expansion initially brought me to the city, and I’m proud to now call the Motor City home. In my free time, I work on community projects to address issues like neighborhood transportation gaps and blight. I also support local startups and small businesses through the Michigan Women’s Foundation, Startup Next Detroit, and Detroit Startup Week.
You might also notice a particular love affair with my bicycle, a passion which started on a dreary January day in Seattle. With a little financial incentive from my employer to bike to work, I figured there was no time like the present, stocked up on rain gear, and went for it with a goal of riding three days a week. Since then I’ve ridden over mountain passes in the Rocky Mountains, tried every bike sharing system I’ve encountered, and picked up more than a few bikes of my own.
The disclaimer has to find a home somewhere, so let’s take care of that right now. This is a personal blog. The opinions and writing expressed here are my own and do not reflect the views, thinking, plans, strategy, or anything else of my employer.
Whew! Now let’s get on with it.
-Jessica Robinson (@bicyclechica)