SpareFoot wins gold at Austin Startup Games, takes home $23,000 for Kure It

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    For the second consecutive year, SpareFoot, which operates the country’s largest online marketplace for self-storage, won the Austin Startup Games on Jan. 25. But the real winner was cancer research charity Kure It.

    As the top company in this year’s Austin Startup Games, SpareFoot picked up a $23,000 check for Kure It. To date, SpareFoot has contributed $43,500 in Startup Games prizes to Kure It.

    “By bringing home the gold for the second year in a row, SpareFoot more than doubled its previous contributions to Kure It,” said Karen Jones, director of Irvine, CA-based Kure It. “I was so pleased to be able to attend the games this year, and experience the energy and excitement of the day. By far, my favorite part was meeting the SpareFoot employees and getting the chance to thank them for their commitment to Kure It.”

    Sixteen local startups participated in the Startup Games. SpareFoot clinched five gold medals and two silver medals in the 10-event competition.

    “SpareFoot’s incredible team spirit was on display Saturday, when we absolutely dominated the Austin Startup Games,” SpareFoot co-founder and CEO Chuck Gordon said. “While last year was a close 26-23 victory, this year we pulled ahead and won 31-15. SpareFoot bleeds gold!”

    Here’s a rundown of SpareFoot’s gold medal winners:

    Flip cup: Geni Glynn, Stuart Maynard, Andrew Reese, Matt Stites, Josh West and Jenny Zhang.

    CEO Mystery Event: Chuck Gordon, Brett Chauvière Willa Glesener, Cory Michner and Austin Wagner.

    Beer pong: Evan Huston and Michael Wright.

    Foosball: John Durrett and Mario Feghali.

    Pop-A-Shot: Jacob Kouhana.

    Here’s a rundown of SpareFoot’s silver medal winners:

    Connect 4: Rob Gonzales.

    Shuffleboard: Itzett Romero and Kyle Shelton.

    In beer pong, champions Evan Huston and Michael Wright went up against the same two beer pong rivals (representing Boundless Networks) they confronted last year.

    “It was tough. They took us to overtime, and the crowds on both sides were going nuts, but we pulled out the win for a third straight beer pong gold!” Huston said.

    About SpareFoot

    SpareFoot makes renting self-storage easy. Our free marketplace lets customers find and reserve storage units online. We have the largest inventory of storage units in the U.S., with a network of more than 6,500 facilities ranging from mom-and-pop to publicly traded REIT. We reach millions of people who need storage through exclusive partnerships with brands like SelfStorage.com, Apartments.com and Penske Truck Rental.

    The Austin Business Journal named SpareFoot the Best Place to Work in the Austin area for 2013, office furniture company Turnstone named SpareFoot one of the country’s Best Young Companies to Work For in 2013, and the Austin American-Statesman named SpareFoot the Top Workplace in the Austin area for 2013.

    For more information, visit SpareFoot.com.

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