Rachel Botsman is the global authority on the power of collaboration and trust enabled by digital technologies to change the way we live, work, bank and consume.
Botsman and the concept of collaborative consumption – coined by Botsman in her seminal book, “What’s Mine Is Yours” (HarperBusiness, 2010), and recognized by TIME as one of the 10 Ideas That Will Change the World and by Thinkers50 as the 2015 Breakthrough Idea – continue to change the way we think about business forever. Highly regarded for her stimulating presentations, provocative writing, and engaging and smart teaching, she is sought by entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, business school professors and business leaders alike for her expertise and forward-focused insights. Recognized as one of the world’s top 20 speakers to keynote your conference, her TED talks have been viewed more than two million times. In 2015, she designed the world’s first M.B.A. course on the collaborative economy, which she teaches at Oxford University’s Saïd School of Business.
Named a “Young Global Leader” by World Economic Forum and one of the “Most Creative People in Business” by Fast Company, Botsman examines the growth and challenges of start-ups such as Airbnb, TaskRabbit and Uber, with a focus on technology’s impact on trust and relationships. Combining research and historical knowledge with strategic intuition and foresight, she discerns threads and patterns that provide context for how and why the world is changing and the broader implications of this new economy.
Botsman is a regular writer and commentator in leading international publications including, The Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, The Economist, The New York Times and The Guardian. She is also a contributing editor for Wired and writes a monthly column for the Australian Financial Review, which explores the mindset of entrepreneurs who see the world differently.
She received her B.F.A (Hons) from the University of Oxford and attended Harvard University for her post-graduate studies.