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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.

I Never Give Up

by Drew Meyers on 2:31 pm March 9, 2018

I backed the “I Will Never Give Up” project a few minutes ago. Story telling doesn’t get much better than this. My name is Mike Yung and I am a subway singer from New York City. I was signed to RCA at 14, then T.Electric with the likes of Etta James and Luther Vandross. The label went bankrupt and I never got my debut album out. I’ve spent the past 38 years in the subway busking and making a living while supporting a family in … Read More »

Geek Estate Newsletter #19 – Children, Down Payments, and Client Loyalty

by Drew Meyers on 8:20 pm March 8, 2018

The purpose of Geek Estate’s mastermind community is two fold: Curate the most incredible and diverse membership of real estate innovators, creatives, doers, and creators in the world. Make our members wildly successful in their careers building real estate companies. In this week’s member newsletter (#19), I touched on several topics: Teaching Children to Invest, Down Payments, and Client Loyalty Coldwell Banker and Century 21 Compass Zillow Prize An Amenities App by Tishman Speyer for Tenants, and Applying the Model to Real Estate Brokerages If you … Read More »

The Rise of Coworking, and Industrious

by Drew Meyers on 6:26 pm March 7, 2018

Did you know coworking is responsible for 1% of the 600 billion in office rents every year? However, that said, that figure is slated to jump to 15-20% by 2020. That’s a gigantic shift in the commercial landscape. Who will benefit? You all know WeWork (a company I’ve mentioned several times in the weekly newsletter for mastermind members). But not many of you likely know their biggest competitor, Industrious. I’ve worked at Impact Hub since 2013, been to events at WeWork’s, heard about Makers, visited Office … Read More »

Geek Estate Founding Member Spotlight: Joel Leslie from Propify

by Drew Meyers on 12:00 pm March 4, 2018

We’ve now published five Geek Estate founding member interviews; Jennifer Kjellgren, Sep Niakan, Eileen Romito, Ryan Coon, and Caroline Pinal. The interviews are meant to give you a taste of current business priorities, products and trends to watch in 2018, and what they enjoy about being a Geek Estate mastermind member. Our 6th interview is with Joel Leslie from Propify. Without further ado… What’s your most significant business focus for 2018? At the start of 2018, I finalized my role as CEO for the global listings management company and started on my own startup … Read More »

Meet the Real Estate Tech Founder: Steve White from RentPrep

by Drew Meyers on 9:30 am March 2, 2018

In our latest real estate tech entrepreneur interview, we’re speaking with the CEO at RentPrep, Steve White. Without further ado… What do you do? I provide tenant background checks and educational resources to landlords and property managers. What problem does your product/service solve? A bad tenant can be a nightmare because the average tenant eviction costs about $3,500. My service helps our clients weed out bad tenant applicants so they can find the right person for their rental property. My company helps landlords sleep better at night. … Read More »

Geek Estate Newsletter #18 – An Inside Peak at Knock

by Drew Meyers on 2:29 pm February 28, 2018

The purpose of Geek Estate’s mastermind community is two fold: Curate the most incredible and diverse membership of real estate innovators, creatives, doers, and creators in the world. Make our members wildly successful in their careers building real estate companies. The majority of longer strategy, analysis, and trend pieces I formerly wrote publicly on this blog, I now publish in a newsletter for mastermind members. In this week’s member newsletter (#18), I took a deep dive on Knock’s home trade-in platform (& the broader iBuyer/iSeller landscape) after a … Read More »

Geek Estate Founding Member Spotlight: Caroline Pinal from Giveback Homes

by Drew Meyers on 11:54 am February 26, 2018

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We’ve now published four Geek Estate founding member interviews; Jennifer Kjellgren, Sep Niakan, Eileen Romito, and Ryan Coon. The interviews are meant to give you a taste of current business priorities, products and trends to watch in 2018, and what they enjoy about being a Geek Estate mastermind member. Our 5th interview is with Caroline Pinal from Giveback Homes. I’ve written about Giveback Homes at length in the past, and am a huge huge fan. Without further ado… What’s your most significant business focus for 2018? Our biggest focus is on continuing to … Read More »

Kelle, AI, and Keller Williams as a Technology Company

by Drew Meyers on 10:48 am February 25, 2018

Keller Williams announced an (AI) virtual assistant called Kelle last week, saying (among other things) “Through AI’s ever-increasing computing abilities, agents are able to access data like never before and gain even more insights. This allows them to better serve their clients, something pivotal to ensuring the real estate profession prevails against industry disruptors.“ Here’s the Kelle promo video: I still have concerns none of these AI powered assistants being launched lead to a better consumer/buyer experience than they currently get by speaking to a real … Read More »

Meet the Real Estate Tech Founder: Paul Burke from RentHoop

by Drew Meyers on 9:30 am February 23, 2018

In our latest real estate tech entrepreneur interview, we’re speaking with founder and CEO of RentHoop, Paul Burke. I met Paul a few months ago at Impact Hub in Seattle (he’s from Seattle, but lives in Los Angeles now), and found myself thinking through all the similarities between Paul’s RentHoop journey and my Oh Hey World / Horizon journey. Without further ado… What do you do? We help people find roommates. Our mobile app shows you potential roommates whom you have mutual friends and interests with as well as … Read More »

Broker Public Portal Comes to NWMLS / Seattle

by Drew Meyers on 12:30 pm February 22, 2018

It’s been awhile since we’ve talked about Broker Public Portal here (now a joint venture with Homesnap). Just this month, Homesnap raised $14 million. A few stats: 21 million consumers used the Homesnap site/app in 2017 8.5 million consumers engaged with agents on the Homesnap site/app in 2017 3-4 million unique visitors to Homesnap every month Especially given I’m in Seattle where the NWMLS operates (and is famously hard to deal with both on technical side of things as well as business), some big news hit yesterday: Homesnap/BPP is coming to … Read More »

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