Why Is It So Tough to Hire Tech Talent in Austin?

By John Egan   July 2, 2013


If you’re a software developer, you probably can write your own ticket at any number of employers in Austin, TX. Why? Because the demand greatly exceeds the supply.

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Where Can You Live Without Paying State Income Taxes?

By John Egan   June 18, 2013


You love paying income taxes, right? If you answer yes to that question, then you need to have your head examined. No one I know loves to see taxes deducted from their paychecks. And with all of the news lately about the IRS targeting certain conservative groups, even more people are fuming about forking over money to the government.

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Hail to the Chief–and to Austin

By John Egan   May 8, 2013


Welcome back to Austin, President Obama. We know you’ve been here before, and we know you’ll probably come back again. We know you’re coming here this time to promote economic growth and job creation; in our not-so-humble opinion, you couldn’t have come to a better place to kick off your “Middle Class Jobs and Opportunity” tour.

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Does Your College Major Matter in the Real World?

By Jenny Zhang   March 4, 2013

The wealth of polarizing literature on the relative importance of the undergraduate degree has increased in recent years, with everyone from Forbes to The New York Times chiming in. The issue is so pressing that last December, Florida Gov. Rick Scott proposed a “$10,000 Degree Challenge” to 28 state colleges by asking them to charge students a frozen $10,000 tuition for three years–but only in majors deemed “job-friendly.” What exactly does that mean? Ultimately, an undergraduate would have to pay more for a degree in the liberal arts than for a degree in math and the sciences.

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What Self-Storage Trends Say About The U.S. Economy

By Guest Contributor   October 19, 2012

 [ by Elizabeth Jespersen ] 

Last month, SpareFoot released the first edition of the Storage Trends Quarterly report. The cool thing about self-storage industry performance – yes, there’s really something cool about this – is how it lines up with larger economic trends. After all, moving and education are among the biggest reasons people invest in self-storage— two important indicators of the economy’s overall well-being. So, what do all of our numbers and diagrams about storage really mean from a big-picture perspective?

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