John Egan

John is editor of The SpareFoot Blog. He first moved to Austin in 1999, when downtown Austin wasn't nearly as lively as it is today. John's loves include pizza, University of Kansas basketball and puns.

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SpareFoot-Sponsored Store Offers Clothing — and Dignity — to Austin’s Homeless

By John Egan   April 24, 2015

Street Store

SpareFoot’s Dee Dee Dial with one of the store’s happy shoppers.

On April 22 just outside Central Presbyterian Church in downtown Austin, TX, a homeless man arrived at The Street Store in search of a special pair of pants. The man wanted just the right attire to wear to his mother’s funeral.

SpareFoot employee Kacy Jones helped the man, who’s in his 50s or 60s, pick out a freshly laundered pair of dress pants from Banana Republic. Knowing that he’d be dressed appropriately to honor his mother, the grateful man broke down into tears. He became even more emotional after being able to select another pair of pants, along with a button-down shirt, a polo shirt and an undershirt.

For this grieving man, the sentiment seemed to matter more than the clothes, according to Jones. “I feel that the human connection we provided by being there for him in his time of need is what resonated with him,” Jones said. → Keep Reading

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SpareFoot Customers Gain Exclusive Self-Storage Savings Through AAA Discounts & RewardsSM

By John Egan   March 26, 2015

SpareFoot + AAA

Longtime AAA member Karen Kasl of Phoenix, AZ, cares for three adult children who are disabled. Given the time and energy that consumes, “it’s hard to work outside the house,” Kasl said.

This month, she’s starting a business from home, renting out inflatables such as water slides. Since there’s not enough room to store the inventory in her house, Kasl rented a 7×14 storage unit. Kasl was able to keep the costs of her new business low through a new SpareFoot program that gives AAA members access to exclusive discounts on self-storage rentals.

Kasl is one of more than 1,000 AAA members who already have reserved self-storage units through the new program, which launched earlier this year. → Keep Reading

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SpareFoot-Supported ‘Store’ Will Help Clothe the Homeless

By John Egan   March 19, 2015

Storie Cunningham

One night in February, SpareFooter Storie Cunningham (pictured at top) spotted a video in her Facebook news feed. Intrigued, she clicked on the YouTube video, which tells the story of The Street Store, a charity that helps homeless people around the world. The two-minute video moved Cunningham to tears and moved her to help The Street Store.

The result: From 8 a.m.-5 p.m. April 22 outside Central Presbyterian Church, Cunningham will be organizing the first-ever event in Austin, TX, for The Street Store. Local homeless people will be able to shop for free clothes at the temporary pop-up store. SpareFoot is supporting Cunningham’s initiative. → Keep Reading

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SpareFoot Rolls Out First TV Advertising Campaign

By John Egan   March 18, 2015

SpareFoot TV commercial

SpareFoot is launching its first-ever TV advertising campaign. As part of a pilot program, the SpareFoot ads will begin airing this month on various cable TV networks in the U.S. → Keep Reading

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Steve Case: Austin Startups Merit More Attention

By John Egan   March 16, 2015

Steve Case

When it comes to pumping money into startups, Steve Case isn’t banking solely on Silicon Valley. While the home of Apple, Facebook and Google attracts tons of media attention—and tons of venture capital—Case and his fellow investors think startups in places like Austin, TX, deserve more attention.

“We love entrepreneurs anywhere, but we think there’s too much focus in places like Silicon Valley and not enough focus in places like Austin,” Case, co-founder of AOL, told The SpareFoot Blog. → Keep Reading

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SpareFoot Secures $33 Million Investment Led by Revolution Growth

By John Egan   March 11, 2015

Steve Case

Austin, TX-based SpareFoot, the country’s largest marketplace for finding and booking self-storage, announced today that it has obtained $33 million in venture capital to propel its growth.

New investor Revolution Growth led the round, with participation from existing investor Insight Venture Partners and new investor Monkfish Equity. → Keep Reading

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Check Out SpareFoot’s New Guide to Self-Storage

By John Egan   March 9, 2015


Perplexed by self-storage? We’re here to help. SpareFoot just published the Ultimate Guide to Everything Self-Storage, designed to answer an array of questions you’ve got about self-storage. → Keep Reading

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16 Reasons to Be Envious of Austin [Infographic]

By John Egan   March 4, 2015

Austin TX

Sure, we like to keep it weird here in Austin, TX. But the reasons we love Austin go well beyond the weird vibe. For instance, Thrillist recently declared Austin is the best barbecue city in America. Thrillist raved that “there’s not a city in the country doing more in both creative and classic styles than Austin, and that’s why we picked it as number one.”

Austin is at or near the top in various rankings. And it’s No. 1 in our hearts at SpareFoot. Here are 16 reasons why Austin should be No. 1 in your book as well. → Keep Reading

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Austin Knocks Out San Francisco, New York in Ranking of Tech Hubs

By John Egan   March 3, 2015

Austin Frost Bank Tower

When you think of global tech hubs, which cities come to mind? San Francisco, CA? New York City, NY? London?

Yep, they’re certainly members of the club. But the leader of the pack, according to global real estate services provider Savills, is Austin, TX (SpareFoot’s hometown). → Keep Reading

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Share in the Glory of SpareFoot’s Victory at the Startup Games [Video]

By John Egan   February 27, 2015

Chuck Gordon SpareFoot

It’s one thing to tell you that SpareFoot grabbed the gold at the recent Austin Startup Games, as we did in a recent blog post. But it’s another thing to show you the excitement, almost as if you were right there.

Here, we present for your viewing pleasure a Hollywood-worthy video recap of SpareFoot’s triumph at the Startup Games.

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