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Founder of Geek Estate Blog. Zillow Alum. Travel addict & co-founder of Horizon. Product & Marketing for 360modern. Social entrepreneurship & microfinance advocate. Fan of Red Hot Chili Peppers and Kiva.

Teams, Leads, and the Long Term

by Drew Meyers on 2:16 pm January 6, 2017

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Brian mentioned a theme I’ve been thinking about: I also wonder if the very efficiency that makes teams work right now is also a long-term weakness. The rainmaker/buyer agent/TC pod fueled by online leads captured, scored, routed, incubated and dripped upon can be a lean, mean machine. A machine that could be replaced. It strikes me that the old-school top producer — a referral-driven creature dependent on a smile more than systems — may be more enduring in an age where artificial intelligence and machine … Read More »

Links for Geeks – January 5th

by Drew Meyers on 4:44 pm January 5, 2017

A few reads I’ve found interesting lately… Inside Opendoor: what two years of transactions say about their prospects Don’t Get Trampled: The Puzzle For “Unicorn” Employees Seven Predictions for 2017: The Boy Bands Edition (subscription wall) Humanizing our networks Online Publishing Should Look At Steem, Not Spotify, For Inspiration The most no brainer move of 2017: Medium should buy Patreon

Utah Cliff House – One of the Most Unique Properties I’ve Ever Seen

by Drew Meyers on 1:22 pm December 28, 2016

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This post isn’t really “real estate tech” per say, but I came across one of the most unique properties I’ve ever seen — involving a “story”. A 2,100 square foot house built into a cliff in Utah. It’s selling on auction January 21st. Watch the video here: You can learn more about the property (and bid on it) via the website: http://utahcliffhouse.com/ Are you telling a compelling story about your listings?  

Will the Amazon Echo (aka Alexa) Power the Future of Real Estate?

by Drew Meyers on 7:45 am

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I almost bought an Echo Dot for $49 this week (affiliate link), but didn’t quite pull the trigger. Earlier today in Inman’s FB group (Yes, you should attend), I came across the following demo video from Voiceter Pro (they bill themselves as the conversational search company) of the Alexa real estate app they’ve built. I don’t know about you, but it seems to be an inferior search experience to what buyers have today. Why not just pull out your iPad (or phone) and Zillow, Redfin, or Realtor.com? It would take … Read More »

Shattered Glass Podcast – More Opendoor / Real Estate Analysis

by Drew Meyers on 2:21 pm December 27, 2016

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For those interested in further analysis of Opendoor and real estate tech, here’s a podcast I listened to you may be interested in. It’s right here (66 minutes).

A 2nd Viewpoint on Real Estate Innovation in 2017

by Drew Meyers on 12:55 pm December 22, 2016

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What am I thinking about as we go into 2017? What innovation are we going to see in the new year? I figured I’d write my own predications to follow Walter’s. Here we go… AI — I agree with Walter that AI is going to continue to be a point of innovation in 2017 (and beyond). I believe there is an opportunity to use AI to “predict” homes buyers would be interested in — without them even asking. That said, I hesitate to include AI … Read More »

Hacker Connect in NYC (and $100 Off) — January 16th

by Drew Meyers on 2:03 pm December 20, 2016

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Geek Estate is a community of tech savvy real estate professionals and vendors. If there is one event that’s truly applicable to readers here, it’s Hacker Connect. Who: Developers, technology vendors, MLS employees, real estate entrepreneurs/founders, and tech savvy agents/brokers looking for a leg up on the competition. When: January 16th, 9:00 – 5:30 Where: New York Marriot Marquis Cost: $299 Register: Here If you look at the schedule here, you’ll see there are a wide range of tech topics discussed. Everything from Artificial Intelligence to data … Read More »

Play Bigger, and Category Kings

by Drew Meyers on 7:20 pm December 16, 2016

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I started a new book this morning. Play Bigger (affiliate link). The book talks about category kings, and the fact that the king always captures 70-80% of value/revenue in a given category, 2nd place grabs enough to scrape by and remain viable — and everyone else fights for the scraps (and generally ceases to exist). Category kings don’t sell better. They sell different. There is one clear a category killer in online real estate. Zillow. (in fact, Rich Barton was mentioned in the book for his work … Read More »

Meet the Real Estate Tech Entrepreneur: Matt Murphy from Chime

by Drew Meyers on 9:00 am December 14, 2016

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In our latest real estate tech interview, I’m talking to Matt Murphy from Chime, a CRM product that’s part of Appsurdity family, and based in Palo Alto. I found the product as part of my CRM evaluation process for 360modern. What do you do? I’m the CMO and oversee all things focused on acquiring customers and keeping them happy at Chime. Our product helps find high quality leads for real estate agents and mortgage companies and then we give them the tools to convert those leads into … Read More »

OpenDoor Analysis

by Drew Meyers on 11:00 am December 13, 2016

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For those curious to learn more about Opendoor (which just raised $210 million), there are two recent posts I’d recommend reading: Rob Hahn — Forest for the Trees: Opendoor Edition Ben Thompson — Opendoor: A Startup Worth Emulating Happy reading. And yes, I believe Opendoor is working on a hard problem.

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