Livible CEO Terry Drayton on The Bob Pritchard Radio Show

On Entrepreneurship, Start-ups and Persistence: Storrage founder and CEO, Terry Drayton, guests on The Bob Pritchard Radio Show

When Livible Founder & CEO Terry Drayton and Bob Pritchard chatted Tuesday afternoon, the pair had plenty to talk about – entrepreneurship, success and painful learning over his 29 years doing 9 start-ups.

“You can overcome all the obstacles you’ll face as entrepreneurs by relentlessly working on it until you’re successful,” Terry added, as he talks about the best advice he got as an entrepreneur when he stopped by The Bob Pritchard Radio Show, which airs every Tuesday at 5PM Pacific on www.voiceamerica.com.

In this wide ranging half hour session, Terry discusses his love of entrepreneurship and why he thinks it’s very important for our society and country, especially as a gateway to upward mobility and overall prosperity for the 99%.

“Persistence is omnipotent!”

Terry says that persistence is very different than being stubborn as it takes a willingness to just keep trying different ideas until you find what works. Finally Bob asks Terry why he thinks Storrage will be a big hit.

You can listen in to the full interview here.

The wisdom of Mark Twain

The wisdom of Mark Twain

What are you plans this August? Be sure to get outside, after all your life, and your space, is for living.

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did so. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” ~ Mark Twain (1835-1910)

Customer Story: Meet Joni, a Storrage User Mom Who Loves Yoga

Meet Joni, a Mom who Loves Yoga and a Storrage User

We recently spoke to Joni, a working mom who has a particular interest in meditation, yoga, healthy eating, and hiking on her experience with Storrage Seattle!

In a few sentences, could you describe your experience using the Storrage boxes, the app and the driver?

At first I had a few of issues with the app, but I finally ordered the boxes. They arrived and actually sat unused for at least 4 weeks because we had just moved and it took us forever to unpack. When I finally got around to scheduling a pickup, the driver was really cool, a super nice guy. I sent him to the wrong address and he texted me, found the right address and even worked with our concierge to get the boxes picked up!

What items did you put into Storrage?

We moved into a 2 bed, 2 bath condo downtown. We had no office and no garage, so we put files, back taxes and tools into Storrage.

Would you recommend Storrage to your friends and family?

Yes, I would recommend Storrage for anyone downsizing. It gives you the freedom to live with less stuff in smaller places without having to give up things you need.

Editor’s note: Since the time Joni used our Storrage App we have updated it several times based on her feedback and others. Thanks Joni for your help with making our products just right!

– Do you have a Storrage testimonial? We’d love to hear from you. Email us at storries@storrage.com.

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Customer Story: Meet Spencer, UW Intern and Storrage User!

Meet Spencer, UW Intern and Storrage User!

Spencer is a business major at the University of Washington who lives off-campus in a 7 bedroom house, along with 6 other roommates. Studying business, with a focus on entrepreneurship, has led Spencer to accept a student internship here at Storrage, where he has been an important facilitator in the first ever UW Challenge.

We talked to Spencer about the challenge and his experience with Storrage…

What is the UW Challenge?

“The UW Challenge is a “do good” challenge for the Greek Community that gives fraternities and sororities a chance to win $500 for their chapter.

As the student intern for Storrage I’ve been walking around the Greek community, dropping by information at all of the houses, and talking to students to spread the word. There are a lot of out of state students at UW without a solution as to where to keep their belongings for the summer, so I tried to inform them about our services as well as let them know how they can in turn give back by participating in the challenge.”

How did you find out about Storrage?

“I found out about Storrage through the Lavin Entrepreneurship Program at the UW. I checked out the website and realized that not only was I interested in interning, but that I also could really use this service when I moved out. The price-point is dead on for a college student and takes a huge amount of the hassle out of the moving process.”

In a few sentences, could you describe your experience using the Storrage boxes, the app and the driver?

“The experience has been awesome! The app made it very easy to schedule a delivery date for the original boxes, then once I got them and started packing my stuff, I was able to jot down notes about what was in each box. Storrage employees were very helpful throughout the whole process. They made sure that the boxes I received were correctly scanned into my account and gave me some bubble wrap to make sure my plates were secure and safe.”

What did you put into Storrage?

“I put my home and cooking supplies that I didn’t need while living at home for the summer, including pots & pans, an xbox, lots of power cords, a rug, bedding, plates, and a few other small items from my desk. I also put in some winter boots that I don’t plan on wearing during these warmer months.”

Did this improve your living and studying experience at home?

“At one point during the school year I had all of my shoes sitting in the corner of my room near my dresser. I couldn’t open my bottom drawer without moving at least 3 pairs of shoes out of the way, only to put them right back in the same spot and repeat the process day after day. Putting these things in Storrage made my morning routine so much easier. I didn’t realize how the little things add up until Storrage took the of stress out of my life.”

How did Storrage make your move-out easier?

“I didn’t have to worry about going to the store to buy cardboard boxes, packing tape, bubble wrap or worry about the 10 trips i’d have to make back and forth from my room to the car. I began packing my stuff in the boxes and had the driver come load them onto the truck.”

Would you recommend Storrage to other students?

“Absolutely! Any and all of my friends that are out of state or live a few hours away could really use this service for their study abroad and summer needs. No one wants to rent an entire storage locker only to fill it ¼ full and have to deal with the hassle of driving to and from the site.”

– Do you have a Storrage testimonial? We’d love to hear from you. Email us at storries@storrage.com.

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The Fremont Fair

The Fremont Fair

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The Fremont Fair celebrates its 43rd year this month and we can’t wait to be a part of it! One of Seattle’s most beloved and longstanding festivals, the Fremont Fair is the culmination of three events: (1) the Solstice Fair, (2) the Solstice Parade and (3) the Solstice Concert Series. Adhering to the neighbourhood’s all but official motto, deliberates quirkas, meaning “the freedom to be peculiar”, the weekend is jam packed with music, crafts, tasty food and time spent outdoors!

We’ll be at the fair on June 22, giving away free Storrage containers and showing you how to use our awesome app! Come say hi and get ready to expand your living space.

Here are our top picks for the weekend:

  • Seattle Art Car Blowout: over 75 cars and “cartists” from all over the US and Canada come together to celebrate the wacky, weird and fantastic world of art cars. From cool paint jobs, to serious mods, this portion of the Fair will make you re-think your ride! Look out for a car made from from dentures, aptly titled CrewBaru.
  • Food: no street fest is complete without an endless array of food trucks, stands and vendors serving both traditional fair-food like, curly fries and elephant ears and more interesting eats from venders like, Olympic Farmer’s Market staple, Jawa Gourmet Nut Roasters and Gluten Free Bakery, Nuflours.
  • Tacocat: a mix of 60’s surf rock and 90’s pop-punk, Seattle favourites are taking the stage alongside, The Young Evils, Campfire Ok & Built to Spill. The foursome take the stage on Friday at 6:45pm on the Redhook MainStage.

More info about the Fremont Fair here.

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Urban Gardening in Seattle

Seattle holds claim as one of the top 10 cities in the US for urban gardening. What began as a city sanctioned phenomenon in the 1980’s, has spread a long way. From community shared plots to apartment balconies, Seattle has embraced the movement, bringing people together and veggies closer to home.

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Without a backyard or a practiced green thumb, starting your own garden can be quite daunting, so we’ve gathered together some tips on getting started and maximizing what our Northwest climate has to offer.

Seattle’s Top Edibles

  • Snap Peas: if you missed the March plant, you can lay your seeds in early July and count on a tasty Fall harvest. Home-sown peas will generally last longer than store bought.
  • Basil: Fresh herbs are expensive at the local market, so why not grow your own?! In June, as the soil warms up, buy young plants or sow your own seeds. This aromatic herb will soothe the soul and add oomph to pizza, pasta and desert!
  • Greens: Arugula, cabbage, kale and endive are some of the easiest and highest yielding plants to grow in Seattle. Raised beds are best for growing these leafy treats, as pooling water can ruin your plants, so you can feel confident that your balcony or terrace is up to task.
  • Rosemary: This lovely evergreen has many culinary uses ranging from roast chicken to lemonade, and can be grown quite easily in Washington. Purchase nursery born plants and some well draining pots and you can be sure of a bountiful summer. Rosemary also makes for fantastic homegrown incense.

Come winter time, your responsibilities in the garden should dwindle and we can keep you organized and ready for the Spring. Storrage can hold your containers, gardening gloves, small tools, watering cans and more! With the help of our app, you can take photos of all your supplies so you don’t lose track of your things in the off season.

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Customer Story: Meet Storrage User Melissa and Learn About Her Life In Seattle

“Things in the house that didn’t have a “home” before, now have a place to live.“ – Melissa, Storrage Customer

We talked to Melissa from Queen Anne about her experience with Storrage. Read on to learn more!

Describe your experience using the Storrage App.

“Getting started couldn’t have been any easier. I simply downloaded the app, entered my info, hit “request”, selected the number of boxes, picked a time and they were delivered a day later.“

What items did you put into Storrage?

“I put some things I use frequently, but am not currently using. Things like, computer equipment, cables, boxes, DVDs, CDs, books, seasonal items, hats, off-season clothes and crafts. Storing these things helped me to free up almost all of my drawer space, which helps me feel a lot less cluttered. Things in the house that didn’t have a “home” before, now have a place to live. I’m more relaxed because there’s less clutter and my small, one-bedroom apartment doesn’t feel as cramped.“

What are you favourite Seattle activities in the summer and how has Storrage helped you to enjoy them?

“I love outdoor festivals, shopping, dinner and drinks on patios and being out on the water. In the city, i spend Sunday mornings at Pike Place Market soaking in the lovely smells and buying groceries, and then over to Fremont Market to shop for antiques! One of the things I’ve noticed, is that coming home from a trip is easier. I have a place for my suitcase, and more room in my closet for any new clothes or shoes I’ve bought. At the end of the day, I just feel more relaxed knowing things are in order.”

Would you recommend Storrage to your friends and family?

“I would definitely recommend Storrage to my friends and family – and i already have! It really makes sense for people who live in the city, have a small car or no car, and want the convenience of not having to lug everything into a storage unit. It’s cheaper and easier. I’m definitely more of a minimalist and any type of clutter annoys me in my day-to-day living. It’s so great to be able to open a drawer and have things organized, or look under the bed and finally not see those things that shouldn’t be there.

I love that I don’t feel tied to my home. I don’t feel the need to “clean out” things, or de-clutter as much as before – everything has a place.”

– Do you have a Storrage testimonial? We’d love to hear from you. Email us at storries@storrage.com.

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Bring on The Bikes!

Life is better with bikes, which is why offering affordable and secure bike storage has been part of our company since the start. Now that it’s warmer, and the streets are cleaner, we’re here to deliver your bikes back to your doorstep and get you moving on two wheels once again! Don’t move too fast though, you’ve got to first treat your ride with a little well deserved T.L.C. Here are some awesome ways to get your bike back in shape and ready for summer.

Bikes collect a ton of dust, dirt and debris over the winter months, whether stored indoors or outdoors, and it’s important to give your baby a good spring cleaning before you take it on a ride. While many methods, brands and systems exist for bike cleaning, almost all will agree that the first course of action is a good hosing. A simple spray from a garden hose or carwash (just a few bucks will do), should eliminate the bulk of your scrubbing and get you ready for tough to reach spots.

Next, find a towel, a toothbrush and a bike cleaner like Fenwicks or Simple Green and get scrubbing! Brake pads, chain, seat, frame, pedals and any other spot you can get into will make your ride safer and keep it on the road for years to come.

For the ultimate treatment, throw a coat of car wax on your frame to add lustre to your paint job and keep the sticky stuff (think bugs, road tar and tree droppings) from building up.

Now that your bike is in tip-top shape, invest in some indoor storage! Based out of Kingston, NY, this new product acts as a bike shelf that protects your apartment or office floor and keeps your paint job from wearing and your cables from kinking. As a bonus, the shelf acts as a cute spot to keep your helmet!

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