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

By John Egan   January 26, 2015

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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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Under Where? SpareFooters Launch Boxer-Briefs Business

By John Egan   January 13, 2015

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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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Cathy Guthrie: Carrying the Torch for SpareFoot’s Culture

By John Egan   January 5, 2015

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When you think of a torchbearer, what comes to mind? The Statue of Liberty? Somebody carrying the Olympic torch? To be sure, those are valid answers. But here at SpareFoot, the word “torchbearer” applies primarily to one person: Cathy Guthrie.

As the leader of SpareFoot’s People Department, Guthrie carries the torch for our workplace culture—a workplace culture that’s been hailed as one of the best in Austin, TX. The torch’s flame was lit by SpareFoot co-founder and CEO Chuck Gordon.

“What this means is that I’m responsible for protecting this unique environment for the really special people here, even through times of rapid change and constant growth,” Guthrie said. → Keep Reading

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Through Operation Swag Bag, SpareFoot Helps Austin Youths

By John Egan   December 29, 2014

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When Vanessa West, a member of SpareFoot’s Amazing Customer Experience (ACE) Team, read an online article about foster kids, it inspired her to take action. The article, “The Trash Bag Kids,” delves into the life of a typical foster child.

“It touched my heart, because I was once a homeless teen mother, and I know what it’s like to come from nothing and have nothing of your own,” West said. (West is pictured at top with fellow SpareFooter Amelia Oliver and Jake Millward’s dog, Freddie). → Keep Reading

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Tampa Storage Facility Being Reborn as Business Incubator

By Jay MacDonald   December 22, 2014

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In an industry built around moving in, moving out and moving on, a few visionaries are making room within self-storage facilities to help entrepreneurs move up.

In the spring of 2015, a vacant storage facility in Tampa, FL, will reopen as the 5508 Co-working & Collaboration Exchange, a business incubator for startups operated by the nonprofit Tampa Hillsborough Action Plan (THAP). → Keep Reading

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Smooth Sailing: How to Keep Your Startup Afloat [Infographic]

By Ivan Serrano   December 17, 2014

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If you work at a startup like SpareFoot, you might have heard people toss around the word “scalable.” But what does it actually mean?

In simple terms, “scalable” refers to the potential for a business to become a market leader and to bolster its revenue at a comparatively small cost. You might think you’ve got the next big idea, but unless you’ve planned for growth, you’ll wind up struggling to meet increased demand from customers. → Keep Reading

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How CEO Chuck Gordon Pumps Up the Award-Winning Culture at SpareFoot

By John Egan   November 19, 2014

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For two years in a row, SpareFoot has been named among Austin’s best employers in the Austin American-Statesman’s Top Workplaces program. And for two years in a row, co-founder and CEO Chuck Gordon has been singled out by the program to receive a special award for leadership.

It’s no coincidence that SpareFoot and our CEO have been recognized in 2013 and 2014 by the Top Workplaces program. When it comes to fostering a top-quality workplace culture, SpareFoot and Chuck Gordon go hand-in-hand. → Keep Reading

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Yes We Can! SpareFoot Launches Food Drive

By John Egan   November 7, 2014

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At SpareFoot, we’re fortunate enough to have chefs prepare lunch for us every day. In addition, we’ve got an assortment of snacks to nibble on. We’re a well-fed bunch.

But we wouldn’t have to travel far outside our offices in downtown Austin, TX, to find people who are much less fortunate than we are when it comes to food—people who struggle every day to feed themselves and their families.

As Thanksgiving approaches, we at SpareFoot are expressing thanks for our good fortune by organizing a food drive for the Capital Area Food Bank of Texas. We’re calling it the SpareFoot CANpaign. From Nov. 10 through Nov. 21, we’ll be collecting canned and nonperishable food, and then donating it to the food bank. Or if someone doesn’t want to lug cans of food to work, we’re enabling SpareFeet to make online monetary donations to the food bank. → Keep Reading

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SpareFoot Band Drums Up Enthusiastic Support at Battle of the Tech Bands

By John Egan   October 28, 2014

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With only half a dozen practice sessions under their belts, the seven members of the SpareFoot Band recently took the stage at The Mohawk, a music venue in Austin, TX. The bandmates had just 15 minutes to wow the crowd during the Austin Technology Council’s Battle of the Tech Bands. → Keep Reading

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SpareFoot’s Account Management Team Zeroes In On Facility Profitability

By John Egan   October 23, 2014

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At SpareFoot, Amanda Ferguson’s and Cara Scott’s everyday mission is simple: Help our self-storage facility clients make more money. In other words, they’re our in-house consultants for facility profitability.

“There’s a lot of ways we do this—from focusing on performance-related metrics to ensuring our clients understand all of the products and partnerships we offer,” Ferguson said.

Ferguson and Scott make up SpareFoot’s Account Management Team, which aims to optimize listings for many of the facilities on SpareFoot’s self-storage network. Our facility clients might see Ferguson and Scott at various self-storage trade shows around the U.S., such as the upcoming Texas Self Storage Association conference in Fort Worth. → Keep Reading

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