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Moving from Wordpress to SETT

I've been a power Wordpress user for a long time.  We use Wordpress for our company blog, and it works well. 

But for my personal blog, Wordpress has often felt like I was slogging through the mud.  I wanted something more social.  I want to create and foster a community of like-minded people who can all share knowledge with each other.  And when my friend Tynan told me about a new blogging platform he and Todd were creating, I jumped at the chance to be the first external blog to make the switch.

For too long, blogs have been one-way broadcasts of information, when in reality there are communities of people interacting with a blog's content.  Many of those people have very valuable perspectives and opinions to share.  Despite the plethora of plugins available for Wordpress, it just hasn't been possible to get it to be as social as I wanted.  SETT solves all of those issues.

The irony is that Tynan and Todd haven't even built in social sharing features into SETT yet, and still I find it to be much more social than Wordpress was.  It really showcases what I mean when I say that people misunderstand social.  Social isn't about sharing to as many people as you can, but rather about creating and fostering meaningful conversations between people who share similar interests -- even if none of them are "friends" or followers on any one social network.

I Rented a Tesla Model S for $25/hr From Getaround. This Was My Experience.

Getaround is a car sharing service like Zipcar, except that it uses people's private vehicles instead of a fleet.  It's a bit like AirBnB for cars.  Getaround is part of the "collaborative consumption" movement, which believes that if we could share things we don't use most of the time it would be better for us in a lot of ways.  Sharing cars means less cars on the road, which means less pollution, and generally less "stuff."  

I'd never used Getaround and a few weeks ago I was trying to figure out why.  I pinged Jessica, one of the founders, and told her that what I'd realized was that I didn't want to have to go to someone's house and "borrow" their car.  The thought of actually interacting with the owner of a car was awkward enough that it had kept me from trying the service.

Jessica told me about a new type of rental they now have called "Instant," where I can use the Getaround mobile app to rent a car instantly and unlock it with my phone, meaning I wouldn't have to meet the owner or wait for approval.  (This dovetails really well into my recent blogs about the power of mobile and apps to transform businesses, and how Fortune 1000 CEOs are going to get fired for missing it.)  Getaround Instant was exactly what I was looking for, so my brother-in-law Dal and I decided to give it a try.

I had a few hiccups that Getaround is still working through (for example, Getaround verifies a driver's driving history with the DMV in real-time, and since my last name has a hyphen in it, but the DMV doesn't account for hyphens, my rental request initially broke Getaround's booking system.  But both Jessica and Matt were very proactive at resolving these speed bumps).  Overall the process was incredibly smooth:

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