Get Out Tech Interview – Senan Gorman
Six months ago, Senan Gorman had a great idea to help protect all our gear. Our boards, bikes, skis, the things that are most precious to us (even if I don’t want to admit it… my board is my baby).
I got up with the creator of Get Out Technologies to talk about how he’s helping recover our gear and giving back to the community.
What inspired you to start Get Out Technologies?
Some asshole stole my bike.
Well, that’s some motivation.
It was my first mountain bike and first dual suspension. It was about 6 rides old, and it got ripped off. I was not too psyched about that. I immediately launched into a grassroots sticker campaign that said, “Bad Karma to Bike Thieves” everywhere I went.
We’ve evolved into our latest sticker, it’s an oval and it says bike + thief = poop.
Where was your bike stolen?
I was actually up in the North Shore of Boston.
Of course you say Boston. I went to school up there and bikes disappeared all the time.
Yea! So, anyway, when the tools started to crop up online to create a community, it kind of dawned on my that this would be a nice way to get the word out about your stolen gear.
Can you explain how Get Out Technologies works?
I’ll give you the 28.2 second elevator pitch.
The site and the Howler App (for the iPhone) are designed to store all your gears key information. So you store the serial numbers, photos, and descriptions of your bikes, skis, boards, whatever. Then if your gear is compromised, you have one place to go and pull that information into a “Howler Alert” and all that information goes out to everyone in your zip code who is set up to receive those alerts.
Then if you find the perpetrator, you’re supposed to report it to authorities?
Yes. We are sort of the intermediaries from the signpost, you know, the pasted photo on the telephone pole. So we say, yes, contact the cops.
In Texas, a triathalon coach had five bikes stolen from his garage. That night, he posted them all on Facebook. It was spread so much around, the next day, a buddy of his saw the bikes got in touch with the cops, and now the bikes are home safe. It’s perfect. That’s a representation of how it should work.
How long has Get Out Technologies been around?
We launched the site and the app about 6 months ago. Right now we’re trying to grow the community wherever our audience is, so that anytime these alerts go out they are being seen locally.
Who are you trying to attract with Get Out and the Howler App?
We’ve been going to mountain bike competitions, partnering with various companies, and reaching out to ski resorts on the East Coast.
So you’re helping people recover their precious gear, which is dope. We should all give back a little too though, as you said, “Karma is a Bitch”.
It’s also a fundraising platform for charities and purposes we believe in. They are all aligned with getting people outside. The idea is that we are starting with Colorado Red Cross to contribute to the fire-relief fund. Hopefully, we will be moving on to Protect our Winters with Jeremy Jones, and Surfrider Foundation is definitely another one we’re looking at.
The iPhone app costs $2.99 and a portion of those profits goes to charities we believe in.
I take it you’re a big mountain biker? Where do you like to go out and ride?
Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine have some ridiculous spots. There are all kinds of places. This weekend I’m doing a 24-hour mountain bike race around the base of Mount Washington. Before you think I’m doing it by myself, I’m on a five-person team.
Final question, what’s your most prized possession?
I would have to say my kids.
That’s very sweet. Thanks for chatting Senan!
Get Out Technologies Website
Interviewed By: Sydney Lindberg