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Founder of Geek Estate Blog / Geek Estate Labs. Zillow Alum. Travel addict & co-founder of Horizon. Social entrepreneurship & microfinance advocate. Fan of Red Hot Chili Peppers and Kiva.

Meet the Real Estate Tech Founder: Sean Conway from Pillow

by Drew Meyers on 8:30 am November 27, 2017

In our latest real estate tech entrepreneur interview, we’re speaking with the CEO & co-founder of Pillow, Sean Conway. Without further ado… What do you do? I am the CEO and co-founder of Pillow. Pillow is a short-term rental service used by property managers and building owners to facilitate compliant home-sharing for residents of multifamily buildings. What problem does your product/service solve? By now you probably know that illegal short-term rentals are a widely prevalent issue in apartment buildings across US. We aim to solve this … Read More »

Meet the RE Tech Founder: Ethan Lieber from Latchel

by Drew Meyers on 8:30 am November 22, 2017

In our latest real estate tech entrepreneur interview, we’re speaking with the co-founder of Latchel, Ethan Lieber. Without further ado… What do you do? I help property managers and landlords grow their income streams. Latchel was created with that goal in mind. Latchel gives them more bandwidth to focus on business growth by coordinating maintenance for them. We take over the process end to end. Everything from taking and troubleshooting tenant calls at all hours, scheduling contractors to do work, confirming work was completed, and … Read More »

November Sponsor Showcase, Round 2

by Drew Meyers on 8:30 am November 21, 2017

Thank you to our November sponsors… How will you keep up with the changing MLS landscape and technology while also growing your business? With ListHub, the largest and most trusted partner for broker-authorized listings from nearly 600 MLSs in the United States! ListHub provides a reliable, accurate, and industry-friendly platform for publishers to receive regional or national real estate listing data from over 60,000 registered brokers. Learn More Geek Estate: A private community of creatives making real estate, financial independence, & home ownership more accessible using … Read More »

A Creative SEO Strategy: Support Crowd Funding Campaigns

by Drew Meyers on 5:50 pm November 20, 2017

Here’s a link building idea for those thinking about your business on a long enough time span to invest in SEO… Support crowdfunding campaigns on platforms such as Kickstarter, Patreon, and IndieGoGo — especially if you can get in early enough with one to become a showcase supporter/sponsor. You’ll often be able to milk the makers for a link or two or three, at a much, much cheaper price point than other link building initiatives/endeavors. What’s the most effective link building strategy you’ve implemented?How much time and/or money did it … Read More »

Will VOWs Go the Way of the Dark Ages?

by Drew Meyers on 9:40 am

There’s a fantastic article on the topic of VOWs that Inman published last week. It’s written by David Kully, an antitrust partner for Holland & Knight LLP. Mr. Kully worked for 18 years at the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, where he played a central role on the DOJ’s litigation against the NAR. From the article… The DOJ’s litigation against NAR settled in 2008 only days before trial was scheduled to begin in federal court in Chicago. To settle the case, the DOJ and NAR negotiated a “consent … Read More »

Meet the RE Tech Founder: Andrew McConnell from

by Drew Meyers on 9:00 am November 17, 2017

In our latest real estate tech entrepreneur interview, we’re speaking with the co-founder and CEO of, Andrew McConnell. Without further ado… What do you do? I am the CEO of We are the largest marketplace in the world connecting real estate owners with short-term rental managers. We do this by providing fixed income to the owner on a long-term lease, and then placing the property with our network over more than 1,000 of the best professional short-term rental managers globally. What problem does your … Read More »

HomeSnap Invites

by Drew Meyers on 1:08 pm November 16, 2017

A few weeks ago, I received the the following invite from HomeSnap: I assume I received the email because I’ve traded emails with Tom in the past (he’s a former client at Virtual Results), and all his contacts were sent the same invite. It doesn’t matter who initiated the email. From the consumer perspective, this is spam sent to me by HomeSnap. Sure, I know Tom. But Tom’s in Michigan, I’m in Seattle. I’m not moving to Michigan. Why would I want him as my agent? … Read More »

Closer and Closer to the Transaction

by Drew Meyers on 10:00 am

Simon Baker shared some of this thoughts on the future of online real estate at the Property Portal Watch conference (video link). Particularly for the startup founders reading, it’s worth a listen/watch.  

Content Idea for Real Estate Website/Blog: Local Podcast Roundup

by Drew Meyers on 10:33 am November 15, 2017

Once again, you can look to The Evergrey for inspiration in local. Looking for content ideas for your hyper local blog/website? A local podcast roundup for your city (or neighborhood). For a fantastic example, head over and have a look at Everygrey’s ” 10 podcast episodes that’ll teach you something new about Seattle”.   Doing the research to put together a local podcast episode resource such as this is something I believe every agent and broker would be wise to invest in. PS: Why brokerages and teams aren’t investing in … Read More »

Real Estate Tech Sales Career Opportunity with Revaluate

by Drew Meyers on 10:00 am

One of Geek Estate’s members, Chris Drayer at Revaluate, is hiring a world class Sales Account Executive who knows the decision makers in the mortgage and/or real estate industry. About the Job: Boulder/Denver Co. based full time B2B with some travel for events. Combination of inside/outside sales job working from both home and office: prospecting, setting appointments and closing deals on the phone, in person, at trade shows and using webinars. Base + Commission + Bonuses Overnight travel is likely once a month on average Initial and ongoing … Read More »

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