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SpareFoot Storage Finder Launches New Site for the Military

by Tony Gonzalez March 18, 2014 9:49 PM
SpareFoot Storage Finder operates the largest online marketplace for people looking for self storage across the United States. They just announced that they have launched a new website that will help members of the military find storage. That website is called SpareFoot Military Storage. [More]

SpareFoot Receives $10 Million in Venture Capital

by Holly Robinson February 26, 2014 4:52 PM
When a birthday rolls around, people dream of the gifts they might receive. Some of those dreams are fairly simple – a new technology gadget, something for the man-cave, or something new to wear. Bigger dreams might include a new car or a trip to a tropical island. What would it be like, though, to receive $10 million dollars? That’s what Chuck Gordon, co-founder of SpareFoot recently received for his birthday.

Sort of. [More]

Austin Startup Games a Success

by Winnie Hsiu February 3, 2014 7:38 PM
In the 2010 Vancouver Games, the United States had the biggest haul of Winter Olympics medal ever. They came away with 37. The 2014 Winter Olympics will start this Friday February 7. While the world still awaits that beginning, the gold medal winners have been announced at the third annual Austin Startup Games that were held last week. [More]

Self Storage Units Are 'Very Secure'

by Winnie Hsiu June 5, 2013 7:21 PM
The “Good Morning America” program ran a story that discussed how thieves would break in and steal items from self storage units. The report said that break-ins at self storage facilities were a growing problem in the industry. However, they didn’t cite any crime statistics, didn’t say how they came to that conclusion, and didn’t have any comments from someone within the industry. They warned that storage units were the ‘new target’ for thieves. [More]

The Busiest Day for the Self Storage Industry

by Tony Gonzalez May 23, 2013 1:50 PM
The movie industry has the Oscars that they give out at the Academy Awards. Athletes have the Olympics where they earn gold, silver, or bronze medals. Football teams have the Super Bowl where the cream-of-the-crop teams play. Retailers have Black Friday, which is the Friday right after Thanksgiving. Those are big-event days in those arenas. What big event day does the self storage industry have? National Moving Day! [More]

SpareFoot Steps Up to Help Tornado Victims

by Kim Kilpatrick May 21, 2013 7:05 PM
What once were houses are now just piles of shredded and splintered wood. Cars have been flung around like toys. A local hospital is gutted. Two elementary schools damaged.

Random items remained unscathed. A cardboard box of tax returns sits on a pile of wood that used to be a home. An empty water bottle remains untouched in a home that was destroyed. A bathroom was left standing while the rest of the home is gone. [More]

SpareFoot Reaches Out to Victims in West, Texas

by Holly Robinson April 18, 2013 4:37 PM
First there were the horrible shootings in Newton, Connecticut. Just three days ago, Boston reeled from the explosion of two bombs near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. And last night, another terrible event happened when a fertilizer plant exploded in the town of West, Texas. [More]

SpareFoot Adds in the Cloud Features to Their Business

by Winnie Hsiu June 15, 2012 5:45 PM
In the early days of technology, software programs were installed on individual desktop computers. That was the rage. That was how things were done. As technology, software, and networking capabilities grew, companies, school, and enterprises put the software on a file server. People didn’t have the software installed on their individual machine. They accessed the software programs on the file server. [More]

SpareFoot Announces a $5,000 College Scholarshp

by Holly Robinson May 18, 2012 12:14 PM
Going to college is very expensive. Tuition is outrageously high. Many textbooks cost more than $150. Lab fees, rent, utilities, and living expenses also increase the cost that students have to pay.

Do you know any college student that could use some financial help for all of those types of expenses? If so, tell them about the $5,000 scholarship that SpareFoot is offering. [More]

Getting Faster, Fresher Search Results from a Google Search? Caffeine is the Culprit

by Tony Gonzalez June 10, 2010 12:11 PM
Google announced this afternoon that its new web indexing system, Caffeine, has been live for several days now, and should be providing at least 50 percent fresher web search results than its old indexing system. Previously, there was sometimes a fairly long delay between posting a website update and having it appear in search results on Google. For self storage companies and other small businesses, this means that updates to websites or to blog entries should appear in Google search results much more quickly than they did before.

For self storage companies and their prospective tenants, this could be important news. According to Michael Schulman of, who presented at the Massachusetts Self Storage Association’s Northeast 2010 Trade Show, there are 823,000 web searches for “self storage” every month. According to an article by Chuck Gordon, the CEO and cofounder of online self storage marketplace, in last November’s Inside Self-Storage, some self storage companies say that they get as many as 50 percent of their new tenants online. [More]