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Need Development Work by a Senior Rails Architect?

Finding trusted developers is a challenge I hear fairly frequently from real estate entrepreneurs I speak to. I know a trusted senior Rails/backend engineer (here in Seattle if location matters to you) looking for contract work at the moment. Show More Summary

Conspamulations! The Waning Influence of Static Digital Messaging

I posted an update to my employment profile on LinkedIn recently. Shortly thereafter, I received a nice message from a past work associate: “Congrats on the new role! Hope you’re doing well!” I quickly thanked the sender. Seconds later,...Show More Summary

Blast from the Past: NPR Interview on Zillow Launch Day

An interview with Rich Barton on Zillow launch day in 2006 on NPR can be found here. “We’re live” post on Zillow’s Blog is here. (inspired by recently watching Zuckerberg’s 2004 interview) The post Blast from the Past: NPR Interview on Zillow Launch Day appeared first on GeekEstate Blog.

Mark Zuckerberg Explaining Facebook in 2004

Mark Zuckerberg being interviewed in 2004… Yes, I’d say Facebook turned out quite a bit bigger than originally imagined. The post Mark Zuckerberg Explaining Facebook in 2004 appeared first on GeekEstate Blog.

More Validation for Future of Teams

I wrote about the teams opportunity a week ago. Zillow announced another investment in that area today with the addition of team profiles. I’d say this is a pretty good indicator we’ll see more and more investment into software for help teams in the coming year. The post More Validation for Future of Teams appeared first on GeekEstate Blog.

How to Tell a Compelling, Unique Story of a Real Estate Listing?

When you think of “unique and amazing stories used to promote and sell a real estate listing”, what examples do you think of? How do you tell the story in a way that makes a listing stand out from the crowd? The post How to Tell a Compelling, Unique Story of a Real Estate Listing? appeared first on GeekEstate Blog.

Real Estate Tech Interview with Susannah Vila from Flip

In our latest real estate tech interview, I’m talking to Susannah Vila, Founder of Flip. A few months ago, I came across Flip and took note given the growing trend for mobile lifestyles and living arrangements (& our own focus on that trend). Show More Summary

Community Is Not The Goal

This is an old video I’ve watched before, but it’s worth watching again. It’s why I love Jeff Turner so much. He gets community in a way virtually no one else does. Happy Saturday. The post Community Is Not The Goal appeared first on GeekEstate Blog.

The Crappy World of Leads

From Brian’s most recent post at 1000Watt: This week I sat in a conference room with a bunch of really smart people who showed me a future without online real estate leads. It was a transcendent experience. The “online lead” has been dangled over the head of the real estate industry like a talisman since the early 2000s. Show More Summary

Largest Challenges for Real Estate Startups?

For the founders of real estate startups reading, would love a bit of feedback on what the largest obstacles are to growing your business. I’ll review the responses, and see if there is anything I can do to help further (either resources, advice or introductions). Show More Summary

Horizon Now Supports Advertising Sublets

We recently released a big update to Horizon’s iOS offering that allows hosts (aka owners) to post sublet opportunities. For those looking to find a tenant for a sublet, here’s the current workflow: Post on Facebook….wait. Post on Twitter…wait. Show More Summary

The Opportunity for Mobile Software to Power Teams

There are a lot of people who think the future of real estate is high performing agents, and teams. Zillow is in the camp. I’m in that camp as well. I don’t happen to think most people should be independent agents. Being an entrepreneur...Show More Summary

Best Times to Post Real Estate Ads on Craigslist

This morning I noticed the following search term in our analytics: best times to post real estate ads on craigslist Since I’m not an agent/broker using Craigslist, I obviously don’t have a good answer. Anyone reading have any tips to share based on your own 1st hand experience? The post Best Times to Post Real Estate Ads on Craigslist appeared first on GeekEstate Blog.

Virtual Reality, 360, 3D Video in Real Estate Industry

Those of you interested in Virtual Reality & 3D, should listen to the podcast from Wellcomemat… [via WellcomeMat] The post Virtual Reality, 360, 3D Video in Real Estate Industry appeared first on GeekEstate Blog.

AdEspresso: The Best Way To Manage Facebook Ads

I post a lot about bad technology – I’m looking at you Zillow and Redfin – so I felt like it was time for a look at some really good software that we’ve started using at Virgent.  We’re big believers in Facebook advertising, and we’ve always struggled with the best way to optimize our ads. Show More Summary

Interested in Investing in Real Estate Startups?

Are you an angel or venture capitalist interested in investing in promising startups in the real estate vertical? I get asked quite frequently by founders which angels and VC firms they should contact for their funding needs (see this article). Show More Summary

WeWork Valued at $16 Billion

Based on their recent raise of $430 million at a valuation of $16 billion, it’s safe to say no real estate franchise is going to purchase WeWork. That said, I still think the brokers and franchises reading should absolutely investigate purchasing smaller regional co-working players or starting their own.   The post WeWork Valued at $16 Billion appeared first on GeekEstate Blog.

SEO Tricks for Real Estate Portals

“SEO tricks for real estate portals” was another Google search term that resulted in finding Geek Estate this past week. That’s a topic I happen to know a little bit about, having been involved very early on in Zillow’s SEO efforts (2007-2010). Show More Summary

Google Maps Focusing on Real Estate Vertical

What corporations spend money to promote/advertise is a fairly telling sign of where they are investing their money/manpower. I came across the following promoted Tweet the other day from Google Maps. “Build in neighborhood trents, market values…” makes me think they have Zillow-like home value data. Show More Summary

Stop Touching Me, Zillow

As the head of a real estate brokerage, at some point I got onto some Zillow Account Manager’s distribution list. While I gloss over most of the pitch email I receive, today’s made me stop what I was doing and write this post. Here’s...Show More Summary

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