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SEA: Snow Day + SideCar + Giveaways = <3

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It is almost the weekend Seattle, and one blizzard of a weekend it is about to be! Well, at least for the 6,000 folks joining me and 162,000 lbs. of fresh, mountain snow in Seattle Center for Snow Day! I already know you’re taking a SideCar there, but don’t forget to drop in to the SideCar Lounge located in the Next 50 Pavilion to say “HEY-O!” to our team and take some photos in our photo booth. You’ll definitely want to catch up with me on Twitter as well so you can stay looped in since there is so much going down on Saturday. New riders use the promo code SNOWDAY for $10 in ride credit!

Since tickets to Snow Day have officially sold out, I’ve locked in a whole bunch of prizes for all of y’all that didn’t grab a ticket in time, too. All you have to do for a shot at winning is to ride with us this Saturday! THAT IS HOW MUCH I HEART YOU!

So here’s wassup: Every SideCar ride you take this Saturday (12a – 11:59p) = 1x your name gets entered to score some seriously rad prizes. That means the power to win is in your hands – the more rides you take, the better shot you have a winning! I’ll tally up your rides and put ‘em all in a hat, then draw winners next week. Ride. Win. Yay!

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The goods:

To make it extra sweet, the SideCar rider who takes the most total rides on Saturday will get $50 in ride credit and one of our brand spankin’ new t-shirts! We’ve got a whole bunch of rad, local drivers ready to get you around safely this weekend so start making those Saturday plans.

Until next time, #RideOn!

xo, Alex

P.S. Need somewhere to take your SideCar on Saturday night? Set your location drop to the Crocodile in Belltown where those wild and crazy Ben Union boys are celebrating the release of their latest album with a live show and a whole lotta whiskey. I’m heading there after Snow Day for sure. Tickets are still available, cop yours online here! You drink and we’ll drive.

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*See that glowing marquee up top? You can check it out in person at Snow Day. It was made just for us by Seattle TaskRabbit Madeline R. 

Seattle: SideCar Love on NYE! #RideOnSEA

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The SideCar welcome here in Seattle these last couple months has been so warm I feel like I’m wrapped up in a Pendleton all day, err’day! I mean it – we might be the new kids on the block but we’re growing like crazy! As I was writing the NYE event post I stopped and asked myself: “Alex, before this season of giving is through, what more can SideCar do for the beautiful people of Seattle who have so embraced their new role as rideshare revolutionaries?” (Yes, my thoughts really are that long.)

My answer? Give ‘em the chance to win enough ride credits to cover their gettin’ around on NYE!

Getting around the Town (Macklemore shout out!) on this annual night of champagne and confetti can be quite the drag, and there’s no way you’re gonna want to drive yourself, but now that we’re here the game has changed. Not only can you use your SideCar app to get a cool, affordable and safe ride on demand, but we want you to win free ride credits on NYE!

Here’s how YOU can win:

  • Follow @SideCarSEA on Twitter 
  • Use your app to request a ride with us as you head out and/or head home on NYE
  • Then, once you’re SideCar-ing around & gettin’ it, use the hashtag #RideOnSEA to tell us WHERE SideCar will take you in 2013!
  • I will pick the top 5 winning tweets (cool, funny, inspiring, interesting, green, etc. so make it good!) every hour from 6pm – 2am.
  • Winning tweets will get credits in their account on January 1st that match the donation they made for their ride. Sweeet!

**Note: Since SideCar rides are fueled by community and donations, the credits prize works like this… winners will get fresh, new credits dropped in their accounts on January 1st that match the donation given for the ride they were in when they tweeted. That means you’ll still need to close out (donate & rate your driver) at the end of your ride. From there we’ll handle the rest! Got questions? Tweet ’em at me – I’m listening.  And PS, this only works in Seattle folks!

Have fun, be safe & Ride On this New Year’s Eve!

Alex, your Seattle City Manager

Seattle SideCar Fam Suggests: NYE Edition

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New Year’s Eve is just one weekend away y’all. Can you believe it?  To get ready, I asked the ultimate resource for finding crackin’ NYE parties – our Seattle SideCar fam! So here’s a list of where in the Auld Lang Syne our riders, drivers and pals are pointing you party people.

Don’t forget to use our app to get connected with one of the amazing Seattle drivers who are ready to help get you beautiful people around safely come Monday night.  Please don’t even think about driving yourself! SideCar newbies can use the promo code SIDECARFAMNYE for $10 in credit when you take your first Seattle ride!

Oh, wait… you want the chance to get extra credits when you ride with SideCar on NYE? I think I can handle that. Stay tuned cause tomorrow I’m going to tell you how you can!

Capitol Hill

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Rich Kids Brand & the Kingdom Saturdays Crew bring you Kingdom NYE at the Social

If you haven’t been to the Social on Capitol Hill since it’s re-launch back in October, you are definitely late to the party. Good thing one of our riders Mikey and his crew from Rich Kids Brand are teaming up with the DJs of the Social’s weekly Kingdom Saturday to throw you the richest bash around. You can dance it up with the Rich Kids’ crew in the Theory Vodka Lounge ft. DJs Charma, Henski & host McClarron (what doesn’t this guy do?!). You could also step on back to the main room and boogie down with all too cool host Whiskey Pete and resident DJs Sean Majors, BGeezy, Dr. Fever & friends. There are still some tickets available, but selling out fast so hurry the heck up!

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A very #MINTED NYE at Barboza

I like to imagine a world where every SideCar adventure I took had a live DJ. But, since such a traveling dance party would real hard to coordinate, riding straight to Barboza is the next best thing especially this week! Resident supah-star DJ Swervewon is bringing you a MINTED Monday like no other in this ultra special NYE edition! Swerve is teaming up with DJ Jeff Hawk, host with the most B.B. and all your favorite songs (duh!) to help you dance your way riiiight in to 2013. Buy your tickets ahead for $10, cause they’re going up to $15 at the door. Need a booth for you & your crew? Reservations start at $50 while available. You can snag tickets at MOE Bar or online here.

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Bring it Back to the HG Lodge this NYE

Did someone say free champagne? CHYEA. Resident Media did. It’s a party, it’s a party, it’s a NYE party! Remember the HG Lodge? Well the sign out front may read 95 Slide now, but for one night only the RME crew is taking over and turning it back into to HG Lodge so we can celebrate the past, present and future of dancing on the Hill. Heck we love RME’s #GOODSaturday party so much, we even gave them their own promo code. It’s a sign pointing your night in their direction! DJs Soul One and Pat Nasty will be on the decks til the break of 2013, plus a live performance by Brainstorm of Dyme Def. Cover is $20 for singles & $30 for couples, and err’body gets champagne to drink.

Downtown

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Industry Standard NYE at The Hideout

Did you know one of our drivers doubles as funky-fresh Seattle DJ? It’s true! Next time you ride with Ben in his flossy BMW, ask him all about it. He is doing a private event this NYE but he did suggest you check out his friends downtown, at The Hideout.  Their new Monday night party, Industry Standard, is kickin’ it off big with a very special New Years Eve edition. Join DJs Introcut and Phat Stevens for St. Germain cocktail specials, $2 Rainier bottles (classy stuff, eh?) and the sweetest vinyl sounds around. This could be the start of many Mondays to come, guys!

Fremont

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Celebrate your survival at 9 Million in Unmarked Bills 

If you’re anything like me, you’re still tickled pink that the Mayans were wrong about the world ending. You’re also tickled pink that one of our riders, Alicia, works in the liquor industry and is full of party suggestions. This NYE, she suggests you get to 9 Mill over in Fremont and join them in celebration of: 1.) the survival of the end of the world according to the Mayans AND 2.) the survival of 2012. Yes, “The Mayans Were Wrong: WE SURVIVED”! The bartenderinos will be serving up $5 drink specials, plus a champagne toast at midnight. Oh and did I mention there is NO COVER?! Tack that on as a third cause for celebration.

Belltown

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New Year’s Eve 2013 at Tini Bigs & Hula Hula

Two bars, one cover, $10. Sold yet? What if I tell you this is another whiskey and bourbon themed suggestion from  our rider and Jack Daniel’s expert Alicia? If you’re in Belltown this NYE, cross Denny Way and head straight to the fine building on the corner that houses BOTH Tini Bigs and Hula Hula. They’ve got cocktail specials, karaoke, guest DJs and a view of the Space Needle – fireworks, helloooo! Karaoke starts at 8pm at Hula Hula, dancing starts at 9pm at Tini Bigs with an interior door between so you don’t have to pick between parties.

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Fox & the Law at Rendezvous 

Maybe hip hop isn’t your thing. Maybe EDM isn’t your thing either. How about guitar riffs and drum kits?! See, I know. Spend your NYE with a shot of Jack Daniel’s and some live music from the dudes (and our awesome friends!) of Fox and the Law at Rendezvous. Cover is a cool $7, because over paying is so not rock’n’roll. (Psst… prep your ears with some FREE tuneage courtesy of Fox and the Law’s SoundCloud!)

Pioneer Square

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Ring in 2013 at TRINITY

My girl Tina is a SideCar rider and much of the reason so many ride requests head to Pioneer Square for Trinity Thursday. You rule girl! But this ultra special Monday, she is recommends you join her while she gets her hostess on for one of the biggest NYE parties in the city at Trinity Nightclub. When I say biggest, I meeean it! I’m talkin’ about two levels, two dance floors and three rooms. The Trinity crew will be serving up champagne, party favors,  and a midnight balloon drop with KISS 106.1 FM‘s Tyler and DJ PHASE in the house broadcasting it all live. Buy your tickets ahead before they sell out!

U-District

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Diego’s Alter-Ego NYE  at Lucid

I have never met a theme I didn’t like, so clearly a masquerade is right up my alley. (The opportunity to run in to our friend David while he is in character as his alter ego, Diego, is also of great interest!) Grab your masks and buy your tickets to the very special and all-inclusive NYE event at Lucid. Open bar, comfort food (Parmesan & gruyere with gnocchi? Jerk-coconut chicken sliders? My mouth is watering from this menu…) and music all for under $70? Pay one price, and leave the rest to host Diego… or David? Someone report back and let me know ;). Tickets on sale through Sunday, friends!

WHEW. That is quite the list! Big thanks to everyone who contributed. We wish you a happy & safe night!

P.S. Feel like I am missing something? Shoot me an e-mail. I’m all about including the stuff our community recommends!

Alex, your Seattle City Manager

Space Needle photo credits to ex-Seattle, current L.A. blogger & photographer Bess Byers

HELLLLLLOOOOOO ALEX! Your New Seattle City Manager

Greetings and salutations darling Seattleites!

As you might have noticed from the recent tweet-splosion, SideCar Seattle finally found itself a little City Manager… ME! Aside from being stoked to be a part of the rapidly changing transportation scene in Seattle, I am super excited to get to know all of you. I am here to calm your ridesharing fears and grant your ridesharing wishes as we grow our SideCar family. Gush, gush, gush.

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Before I tell you a bit about me, I want to take a minute to rap at you about collaborative consumption and the shared economy. Affectionately hashtagged #CollCons, collaborative consumption describes the rapidly growing peer-to-peer marketplace where lending, sharing, trading, renting and swapping reign supreme. More or less, peeps reinventing the way they live by coming together in their communities to share resources. There is a whole crew of us all around the world who believe by doing this we can all live more effective, sustainable lives. I like to think of it as the case for collaboration.

Okay, now… drumroll… here are 10 facts all about me!

  1. I am a big sustainability nerd. I have worked at the EPA and Zipcar, and volunteered for a number of other orgs focused on preserving Mama Nature. Shout out to the Duwamish River Watershed and People for Puget Sound!
  2. I was born in Rhode Island, and miss it there wiiiiicked bad. I am also a big Red Sox fan and even ended a date early once after discovering he was a Yankees fan. (Don’t worry, after we got on the subject of Jeter he was ready to go home too.)
  3. I saw The Dark Knight Rises in theaters 3 times, and have watched it an additional 4 times since it came to DVD. I own a Bane mask and like to casually wear it around while I practice speaking in my Bane voice.
  4. I love shoes. When it comes to high heels, I believe anything below 4 inches just isn’t tryin’.
  5. It is very likely I was born in the wrong time period. Jim Morrison is my spirit animal.
  6. Before making almost all decisions, I ask myself: WHAT WOULD BEYONCE DO?
  7. The quickest way to my heart is through a meme. Or, delicious food.
  8. I once ate two pints of Molly Moon’s ice cream. Maybe I didn’t feel so good, but it didn’t change my affections toward Molly or her ice cream.
  9. Yoga is my thing. It keeps me grounded and it keeps me open. The first time I went to hauteyoga queen anne it changed my life! I also gotta thank the studio for helping me discover “The Four Agreements”. Read it if you haven’t.
  10. I consider myself an expert on the rules governing monsters. Zombies are my specialty so if you plan on surviving the zombie apocalypse, I am your girl. I have got a plan.

What can I say? I’m a mixed bag. I look forward to being the number one resource for y’all as you explore the wonders of SideCar and sharing here in Seattle. We have SO many great things in store. If we haven’t met yet, I look forward to the day that we do. Don’t hesitate to holler if you ever see me out and about! Until next time…

Ride on!

Alex

Your SideCar Seattle City Manager

@SideCarSEA

SideCar Community Driver of the Week – Camille

If you are a foodie, Camille is your new best friend. She knows all of the hot spots around town, whether you’re chasing Seattle’s best cupcake, exploring Seattle’s Vietnamese scene, or craving Indian food and a proper cocktail.

She is married with a son, and on those overcast Seattle days, she enjoys hanging out with the boys at home. When she leaves the house, you can find her owning the dance floor in Capitol Hill’s Century Ballroom or enjoying the crisp Seattle air while doing some sort of outdoorsy activity.

Here are a few of Camille’s spots that we’ve THOROUGHLY researched first hand:

Greenleaf, International District/Belltown (Vietnamese)
Walrus and Carpenter, Ballard (seafood, oysters, cocktails)
Tamarind Tree, International District (Vietnamese)
Tilth, Wallingford (organic NW fresh)
Altura, Capital Hill (amazing Italian)
Revel, Fremont (Korean fusion)
Sitka and Spruce, Capital Hill (NW fresh that day)
Matt’s in the Market, Pike Market (NW fresh)
Monsoon, Capital Hill (vietnamese)
Restaurant Zoe, Capital Hill (new italian)
Lecosho, downtown (meat focused)
Delancey/Essex Bar, Ballard, (wood-fired pizza)
Portage, Queen Anne (NW french-lite)
Shiro’s Sushi, Belltown
Trophy cupcakes (don’t bother with any other cupcake place, this is the one, moist and flavorful)
El Gaucho, Belltown (Swanky steak + seafood)
Salumi, Pioneer Square (Mario Batali’s dad’s deli-get a sammie here, try to come b4 lunch rush)
Pink Door, Pike Market (italian-American)
Wild Ginger/Triple Door is the lounge below-same food, downtown (pan-Asian)
The Harvest Vine, Madison Valley, (Tapas)
Crush, Central Dist near Capital Hill (inventive seasonal NW)
Poppy, Capital Hill (South Asian flavors done in an innovative way)

I should note that Camille is Seattle’s very first community driver of the week, ever… Congrats Camille, and thank you for being a part of the SideCar community!

Meet KP, Seattle’s Very First (and Unexpected) SideCar Rider

It was a rainy Wednesday night in Seattle.  We – Jeff, Jay and I (Blake) – were in the kitchen of an awesome Airbnb rental in the Wallingford area, hanging out with some of Seattle’s first drivers.  We were showing them how the app works, answering their questions, drinking flavored fizzy water and having a good time.  We were also talking about the plan for the weekend.  In order to encourage drivers and riders to find each other online at the same time, we start in a new market with limited hours.  So in Seattle we’re launching Fridays and Saturdays only, 6pm-2am, just to start.

This was a Wednesday night.  And no one knew we were launching in two days.

A few minutes into our driver app demo, my phone started beeping and vibrating.  A ride request was coming.  From Seattle, 11 minutes from our house.  From someone I’d never heard of.  I immediately hit accept.  I needed to find out who this person was.

After a quick phone call, I grabbed my keys and headed over to pick up Kanwar Singh, otherwise known as KP.

KP, who recently graduated from the University of Kansas with degrees in Biology, Chemistry and Global studies, was visiting his sister, Madhu in the Greenwood area, and needed a ride downtown to visit a friend.  His sister, a local attorney who works primarily with startups and entrepreneurs (@MKSINGHLAW), had heard about us and mentioned us to KP.  So he did a quick search, downloaded the app, signed up and went online.  “One car nearby,” appeared on his screen.  Perfect timing.  We had only been online for 10 minutes, and would have logged off in another 5.  He input is pickup and destination, hit request, and next thing he knew he was in my car.

Once he found out how lucky the timing was he was blown away.  As we headed downtown, he told me about the DJ company that he and a friend started, DK Productions (@DKPRODSKC), and his desire to move to Seattle soon.  He was also stoked about getting a ride from a real SideCar employee when it wasn’t even available to the public.

He swung by the next day to get one of the very first SideCar Seattle t-shirts.

Thanks, KP for being our first SideCar Seattle rider!  It was a privilege to give you a ride and I hope you move out here soon!

-Blake

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