We’ve made the A-list, but not quite on the level of stars like George Clooney and Beyoncé Knowles.

SpareFoot is one of 12 startups that were honored May 14 in the Austin A-List of Hottest Startups program, sponsored by the Austin Chamber of Commerce and South by Southwest Interactive. The program highlights the most promising startups in the Austin, TX, area as determined by a panel of independent judges. More than 275 startups were nominated.

Josh Lipton (pictured at top with microphone), who leads SpareFoot’s Amazing Customer Experience (ACE) Team, accepted the award on our behalf.

Josh Lipton

A Strong Position

Chuck Gordon, co-founder and CEO of Austin-based SpareFoot, credits our company’s success to the “awesome team” we’ve assembled. SpareFoot operates the country’s largest marketplace for finding and booking self-storage.

“The reason SpareFoot garners the respect it does is because we’ve been able to build a very fast-growing company with a strong position in a big market,” Gordon said.

Interested in joining the awesome team at SpareFoot? Visit our redesigned jobs page: jobs.sparefoot.com.

Chuck Gordon
Chuck Gordon is co-founder and CEO of SpareFoot.

Spotlighting Innovation

SpareFoot is among three companies that were recognized in the program’s “scale” category, featuring later-stage companies in terms of funding or revenue. Since being founded in 2008, SpareFoot has attracted $59 million in venture capital. SpareFoot’s fellow winners in this category were Silvercar, which has streamlined car rentals, and Volusion, which develops e-commerce software.

“Austin is rich with innovative startups that are primed for rapid growth. The A-List platform shines a spotlight and amplifies our diverse and rich talent, helping to maintain our lead as the most innovative, entrepreneurial region,” said Michele Skelding, senior vice president of global technology and innovation at the Austin Chamber of Commerce.

Winners in the A-List program’s “emerging” category were:

  • Everfest, which operates a global calendar and search engine for festivals.
  • Bitfusion.io, whose supercomputing-level technology boosts the performance of applications.
  • Green & Grow, whose products are designed to improve agricultural crops.
  • ENTvantage Diagnostics, whose in-office tests help medical professionals diagnose ear, nose and throat illnesses.

Winners in the A-List program’s “growth” category were:

  • CognitiveScales, whose cognitive technology is aimed at mining data and spitting it out in easy-to-grasp formats.
  • Neogenis Labs, whose nature- and science-based products promote healthy living.
  • Illumitex, which makes energy-efficient LED lights.
  • EPIC, which produces grass-fed, animal-based protein bars.
  • SparkCognition, whose analytics technology helps detect cyber-threats.

A-List honorees were evaluated on several factors, including core innovation, value proposition, scalability, ability to thrive, leadership team and sustainability.

“Entrepreneurs and the entrepreneurial spirit are powering so much of what makes Austin’s current economy so exciting,” said Hugh Forrest, director of South by Southwest Interactive.