The idea for outRise got here to Greg Clement someplace between solo motorcycling by means of the Rocky Mountains in 2018 and tasting his means by means of numerous pizza joints in Venice, Italy, along with his household of 5 in spring 2019.
Clement on the highway“It was throughout some fairly epic journeys that the thought for outRise was born,” remembers Clement, an avid traveler and adventurer. “There isn’t a feeling fairly like hopping in a automotive or airplane and visiting one other a part of the world—it simply doesn’t get higher than that.”
Although these alternatives have been few and much between within the final yr as a result of COVID-19, Clement is hoping that outRise will pave the way in which for post-pandemic exploration, and—within the meantime—present loads of native inspiration for adventures nearer to house.
Designed as what Clement calls a “social expertise platform,” the outRise app highlights user-curated experiences and urged itineraries throughout an inventory of six cities and rising. The app first launched in Cleveland in December 2020 with 10,000 downloads, a quantity that has greater than doubled in lower than two months.
“Social media is designed for consumption of different individuals’s lives, so that is extra about aware creation and bringing to life cool experiences for different individuals,” says Clement of the outRise app. “All the content material is user-generated, very similar to on YouTube; we’re seeing a concentrate on meals, journey, and obscure experiences like waterfall chasing.”
Circumstances in level: an city legends tour of Cleveland with eight haunted stops, or a sundown chasing itinerary with scenic favorites just like the Solstice Steps and George V. Voinovich Bicentennial Park. Whereas anybody can enroll and share their recommendations, Clement has additionally enlisted native bloggers and influencers resembling Cleveland Bucket List and “World of Dance” alumna Chloe Mihacevich to contribute content material as effectively.
“We’re constructing a community of creators with individuals who love the mission and see the potential of the platform,” says Clement, who created outRise in tandem with founding AirBNB designer Shaun Modi and product designer Matthew Cloutier.
Clement is not any stranger to residing the nice life—in spite of everything, he and his spouse Kelly personal Mapleside Farms in Brunswick, the place they frequently host occasions like Live shows Over the Valley and Vino the Manner (a wine and beer tasting journey held in a corn maze). “Since we purchased the farm 10 years in the past, we’ve gotten actually good at creating distinctive experiences for individuals,” says Clement. “Mapleside could also be a farm and outRise could also be a know-how firm, however each are constructed round experiences.”
Over the subsequent few months, Clement and his staff will proceed to finalize model 1.0 of outRise and hone the person expertise. Sooner or later, Clement hopes so as to add the power to tip your favourite content material creators for pleasurable experiences, in addition to extra group performance for customers to co-create and plan itineraries in tandem, in addition to add shared images.
His final hope is that folks will use outRise to get an off-the-beaten-path expertise of locations each close to and much, with a little bit assist from locals and space lovers. “Our mantra is ‘journey native,'” says Clement. “The entire thought is to press ‘go’ on new experiences and uncover new spots in your personal yard.”