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Dave Hester: From ‘Storage Wars’ to ‘Gypsy Auctioneer’

By Troy Anderson   April 24, 2014

Dave Hester

It easily could be the warehouse from “Raiders of the Lost Ark.”

In the midst of a maze of industrial buildings in East Los Angeles, former “Storage Wars” star Dave Hester is standing before a literal mountain of “vaults”—large wooden boxes containing potential “treasures” from repossessed self-storage units.

In a few minutes, Hester is going to auction off the vaults to the highest bidders.

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Birthplace of America’s ‘Obsession’ With Storage Is Hollywood Time Capsule

By Troy Anderson   March 31, 2014

Hollywood Storage

The sign on the door is the only clue to the treasure trove of entertainment artifacts, nostalgia and history locked inside the iconic Hollywood skyscraper.

The sign simply reads: “Iron Mountain Film & Sound Archive Services.”

Whether it’s the recordings of Beatles and Elvis or films by Alfred Hitchcock and Steven Spielberg, this 14-story skyscraper from the Golden Age of Hollywood is a literal time capsule of Tinseltown. Some even say it’s the birthplace of America’s self-storage industry.

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Entrepreneur’s Storage Unit Was ‘Steppingstone’ for Unique Furniture Store in L.A.

By Troy Anderson   February 3, 2014

Jacqueline Sharp

Some might say it’s magic. Transforming furniture of yesteryear into chic conversation pieces, Jacqueline Sharp’s business combines the childhood world of imagination with the mystery of nostalgia and times past.

Interestingly enough, Sharp’s innovative venture of making, designing and repurposing furniture was born in a storage unit.

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Austin Startup Games Preview: Beer Pong ‘King’ Billy Gaines on Playing Like a Pro

By Troy Anderson   January 23, 2014

beer-pong

In advance of this year’s Austin Startup Games—which SpareFoot dominated last winter—we’re highlighting people who excel at the competition’s nine “sports.” So that we don’t lose our competitive edge, we’re featuring champs who you won’t see on the SpareFoot team (or any other team) Jan. 25 at the Austin Music Hall. Game on! 

Former patent attorney Billy Gaines has transformed the game of beer pong into a thriving industry. Gaines’ Twitter profile even brags that he’s “ripping beer pong out of college basements and taking it mainstream.”

Gaines is co-founder and CEO of BPONG.com and the World Series of Beer Pong. None other than ESPN.com crowned him the “king of beer pong.”

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Austin Startup Games Preview: Pop-A-Shot Inventor Ken Cochran on Playing Like a Pro

By Troy Anderson   January 22, 2014

Pop-A-Shot inventor Ken Cochran

In advance of this year’s Austin Startup Games—which SpareFoot dominated last winter—we’re highlighting people who excel at the competition’s nine “sports.” So that we don’t lose our competitive edge, we’re featuring champs who you won’t see on the SpareFoot team (or any other team) Jan. 25 at the Austin Music Hall. Game on! 

Perhaps no one in the world knows more about the electronic basketball game Pop-A-Shot than Ken Cochran. After all, he’s the inventor, owner and CEO of Pop-A-Shot. Cochran leads the Pop-A-Shot movement from the small Kansas town of Salina.

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Austin Startup Games Preview: Foosball Ace Jim Stevens on Playing Like a Pro

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foosball

In advance of this year’s Austin Startup Games—which SpareFoot dominated last winter—we’re highlighting people who excel at the competition’s nine “sports.” So that we don’t lose our competitive edge, we’re featuring champs who you won’t see on the SpareFoot team (or any other team) Jan. 25 at the Austin Music Hall. Game on! 

It would be safe to say that Jim Stevens is Mr. Foosball.

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