Chuck Gordon got the idea for SpareFoot in 2007 when he was a student at UCLA getting ready to study abroad.
He looked for a temporary storage space, but soon realized it would cost thousands of dollars to store his possessions. So he used friends’ empty garages, attics and bedrooms instead.
A year later, Gordon and fellow UCLA student Mario Feghali created an online system for renting space, but shifted their focus to building a website that would let users compare and book storage units.
In 2009, SpareFoot’s four employees moved from Los Angeles to Austin after being chosen as one of five startups to participate in Capital Factory’s 10-week incubator program.
When the program ended, the SpareFoot team stayed, renting office space at Capital Factory.
Today, the Austin-based company’s online marketplace for finding storage units has more than 12,000 facilities listed nationwide. The company, which has raised $59 million in venture capital, has added other services including Full-Service Storage, which sends a storage company to pick up, store and return or deliver items on demand.
Now the 100-person company is settling into a colorful new headquarters. SpareFoot recently moved into the 25,000-square-foot space just north of downtown at University Park. The offices, located at 3300 North Interstate 35, give the company more room and lots of amenities.
“The new headquarters building reflects the company culture of collaboration, creativity and collegiality as all 100 SpareFoot employees are now located on one floor,” said Gordon, who is CEO. “We’ve come a long way from our first offices inside Capital Factory, to the Perry Brooks Tower across the street at 720 Brazos, and now to our current space.”
The offices feature an open layout with views of downtown and the University of Texas, a fully-outfitted kitchen where an in-house chef and culinary team prepare complimentary lunches, a gaming area and multiple lounge areas for check-ins and co-working.
SpareFoot employees can use an on-site gym and yoga room, store their bikes indoors and bring their dogs to work.
“We liked being downtown, but this is location is more convenient for employees,” Gordon said. “It’s a bright, open and welcoming space that is getting great feedback from everyone.”
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