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Introducing the SpareFoot College Cooler Giveaway

By John Egan   April 23, 2014

College Cooler Giveaway

What could be cooler than owning a cooler? Winning a cooler!

SpareFoot wants to help you cool off this summer with our College Cooler Giveaway.

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America’s Top 15 College Housing Capitals

By Elizabeth Whalen   March 31, 2014

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On college and university campuses, opportunities abound to make friends, join student organizations and discover new hangouts while also cramming for exams and finishing final reports.

Dorms, or residence halls as they’re officially known, can enrich this experience. In addition to being convenient, they provide a structured living environment for students in transition, such as freshmen living away from home for the first time, said Lydia Batchelor, chair of the National Association of College and University Residence Halls. Many residence halls offer special programs to ease students through such transitions, Batchelor said.

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Divorce Drama: Olympic Figure Skater Johnny Weir Divvies Up Stored Belongings

By John Egan   

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A storage unit is now a central character in the divorce drama between Olympic figure skater Johnny Weir and his husband.

On March 30, Weir met with husband Victor Voronov’s attorney at the New Jersey storage unit where the now-split-up couple had stashed a $20,000 Fabergé egg (pictured above), Louis Vuitton luggage, wedding rings and other pricey possessions, according to TMZ.com.

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SpareFoot Gives Birth to Blog for Self-Storage Industry

By John Egan   March 20, 2014

storage industry blog

This announcement isn’t on the scale of the arrival of England’s royal baby. Nonetheless, we’re delighted to tell you that we’re the proud parents of a new blog.

The SpareFoot Storage Beat will deliver timely news and in-depth analysis to you about the self-storage industry: public companies, private companies, storage trends, real estate development, storage acquisitions, and hirings and promotions at storage businesses.

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SpareFoot Launches SpareFoot Military Storage

By John Egan   March 18, 2014

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AUSTIN, TX—SpareFoot, which operates the country’s largest online marketplace for self-storage, has launched SpareFoot Military Storage—a website that will help members of the military find storage and will benefit the National Military Family Association.

SpareFoot is working with storage facilities across the country to provide discounted rentals for active-duty and retired members of the military. Available discounts are listed on the SpareFoot Military Storage website.

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In the Wake of SXSW Tragedy, Austin Must Rock On

By John Egan   March 13, 2014

SXSW tragedy

My heart melted a little this morning when I hopped online and checked my Twitter feed. There, on my computer screen, was a tweet that at first seemed unreal. It said that overnight, two people had been killed and nearly two dozen had been injured when an alleged drunk driver plowed through a crowd at South by Southwest here in Austin. As I quickly found out, the news was, sadly, true.

Dead are a man from the Netherlands, Steven Craenmehr, who was riding a bicycle, and an Austin woman, Jamie West, who was riding a motor scooter.

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The SpareFoot List: America’s Top 15 Apartment Boom Towns

By Elizabeth Whalen   March 9, 2014

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If you live in an apartment, you could have the luxury of living across the hall from your friends or the misery of living down the hall from your nemesis (bonus points if he’s named Newman). Perhaps you enjoy the simple comfort of knowing someone else is responsible for fixing a leaky sink. Or maybe you constantly feel as though you’re trapped in a mystery novel titled “WTF Are My Upstairs Neighbors Always Doing at 2 in the Morning?”

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Infographic: Which Chicago Site Might Host Obama’s Presidential Library?

By John Egan   March 4, 2014

Barack Obama

An Obama library in Chicago? It’s likely to happen. But where in the Windy City might President Obama’s presidential library and museum go? At this point, it’s anyone’s guess. So far, six Chicago locales are duking it out for the honor. In this infographic, SpareFoot takes a look at the contenders.

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ACE Team at SpareFoot Claims Bronze at 2014 Stevie Awards

By John Egan   March 3, 2014

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We didn’t compete at the Winter Olympics in Russia, but SpareFoot did pick up some bronze bling recently.

The Amazing Customer Experience (ACE) Team at SpareFoot won the bronze award from the 2014 Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service. SpareFoot’s very own Albert Hood (pictured above), a member of the ACE Team, brought home the bronze from the Stevie Awards banquet Feb. 21 in Las Vegas.

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SpareFoot Funding: Startup Secures $10 Million Investment From Insight Venture Partners

By John Egan   February 24, 2014

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AUSTIN, TX—SpareFoot, which operates the country’s largest online marketplace for self-storage, has raised $10 million in venture capital from Insight Venture Partners.

Austin-based SpareFoot has raised a total of $26 million in venture capital since it was founded in 2008. Of that amount, $22 million came from New York-based Insight Venture Partners—$10 million this year and $12 million last year.

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