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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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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What’s the Self-Storage Capital of the U.S.? Hint: It’s Somewhere Over the Rainbow

By John Egan   

Dorothy and Toto storage

For years, Wichita, KS, has been called the Air Capital of the World, thanks to its stature as a major hub in the U.S. aircraft-manufacturing industry. Today, Wichita can claim another title: Self-Storage Capital of the U.S.

Data from the recently released 2015 Self-Storage Almanac shows the Wichita metro area has more square feet of self-storage per person (13.16) than any of the country’s 100 largest metro areas. Since the U.S. contains far more self-storage space than any other country, it could be argued that Wichita reigns as the Self-Storage Capital of the World. → Keep Reading

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Help Wanted: SpareFoot Adding 100 Employees in 2015

By John Egan   February 24, 2015

Help wanted sign

There won’t be much spare space at SpareFoot by the end of this year.

SpareFoot, which operates the country’s largest marketplace for finding and booking self-storage, is adding about 100 employees in 2015 to help fuel our rapid growth. About 20 of those employees already have been hired, leaving around 80 positions to be filled at SpareFoot’s headquarters in Austin, TX. → Keep Reading

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Charles Marriott Joins SpareFoot as Vice President of Client Services

By John Egan   February 17, 2015

Charlie Marriott

SpareFoot, the largest marketplace for finding and booking self-storage, announced today that Charles Marriott has joined the company in the newly created role of Vice President of Client Services.

Most recently, Marriott was vice president of worldwide client services at Austin, TX-based Bazaarvoice. He brings more than 10 years of experience in client services, operations and public companies. → Keep Reading

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Exclusive: ‘Hoarders’ Set for Return to Cable TV

By John Egan   February 9, 2015


The reality TV show “Hoarders” is coming back.

Seattle, WA-based Screaming Flea Productions recently put out the call for real-life hoarders to appear on the program. The A&E cable TV network canceled the series in 2013 after six seasons, but sister network Lifetime did air a special in mid-2014 called “Hoarders: Where Are They Now?”

Now, A&E-owned Lifetime, which has been broadcasting “Hoarders” reruns, is resurrecting the show—apparently on a full-time basis. → Keep Reading

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Smart Strategies for Room-by-Room Decluttering [Infographic]

By John Egan   January 28, 2015


Let’s be honest: Decluttering your home is almost on par with getting a tooth pulled. Both are a real pain.

But you can ease the pain of decluttering your home by taking a room-by-room approach, rather than tackling the task all at once. (Sorry, we can’t help you with that dental work.) → Keep Reading

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Three-peat! SpareFoot Captures Gold (Again) at Startup Games

By John Egan   January 26, 2015

RJ Gossett

Move over, New York Yankees and Los Angeles Lakers. There’s a new three-peat team on the scene. On Jan. 24, SpareFoot captured the gold medal at the Austin Startup Games for the third year in a row.

SpareFoot achieved the three-peat feat by trouncing teams from 15 other Austin startups in the 11-game clash, featuring ping pong, foosball, beer pong, flip cup, Pop-A-Shot, darts, shuffleboard, Connect 4, trivia, liar’s dice and a mystery event. SpareFoot took home gold medals in five of the 11 “sports” and racked up 28 points overall. → Keep Reading

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Are You a Match? SpareFoot Hosting Speed-Dating Event for ACE Team Applicants

By John Egan   January 22, 2015

Jeremy Vandermause

Forget and We’ve got a better dating opportunity for you—and it could land you a job at SpareFoot.

On Feb. 11, SpareFoot will host a “speed dating” event in our quest to find 30 amazing new members of our Amazing Customer Experience (ACE) Team. Members of this team (like Jeremy Vandermause, pictured above) take calls from consumers around the country who are looking for self-storage.

The addition of 30 people will take the ACE Team from 75 to 105 members. SpareFoot plans to have all of the new ACE Team members on board by late April. → Keep Reading

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SpareFoot Hires Mel Tang as Chief Financial Officer

By John Egan   January 14, 2015

Mel Tang

Austin, TX-based SpareFoot, the largest marketplace for finding and booking self-storage, announced that Mel Tang has joined the company as Chief Financial Officer and will be relocating to Austin from Los Angeles, CA.

Most recently, Tang was CFO at Demand Media Inc. He brings more than 15 years of investment banking, consumer Internet and public-company experience to SpareFoot. → Keep Reading

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Under Where? SpareFooters Launch Boxer-Briefs Business

By John Egan   January 13, 2015

Zach Bird and Matt Ward

Briefly, here’s the big problem with guys and their underwear: They hate shopping for new pairs.

Count SpareFoot’s Zach Bird among those haters. One summer day in 2014, Bird was pondering his underwear drawer at home and realized he probably needed to toss some of the older pairs.

“Of course, I knew I’d have to replace my old ones, and I figured that that was one of the reasons I’d held onto them for so long—it’s so inconvenient for me to make a trip to Target or Macy’s or wherever to actually go buy underwear in person,” said Bird, a member of SpareFoot’s Sales Team. → Keep Reading

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