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Meet the RE Tech Entrepreneur: Erik Johnson from HomeHawk

by Drew Meyers on 9:30 am May 16, 2017

In our latest real estate tech entrepreneur interview, we’re speaking with Erik Johnson from HomeHawk. Without further ado… What do you do? I’m the Founder and CEO of HomeHawk. HomeHawk is a real estate chatbot in Messenger. Facebook opened the Messenger App to developers a little over a year ago. Since that time thousands of chatbots have been developed. I set the vision for the development and UI/UX making the chatbot experience smooth and as conversational as it can be. What problem does your product/service … Read More »

Behind the Scenes of Designing and Developing a Home Page

by Drew Meyers on 9:45 am May 15, 2017

Here’s the home page of 360modern… How does a finished home page come to fruition? Brand, Value Proposition, and User Goals I don’t want to discuss value proposition & brand (which I touched on here & here) in depth in this article. That said, prior to “getting started” building product, you’d certainly be extremely foolish to not have an extensive discussion among all stake holders — customers, clients, enthusiasts, etc. User goals (which could be a post by itself) need to be outlined so you know exactly WHO you’re … Read More »

Reali, Yet Another Taking Aim at Commissions

by Drew Meyers on 12:00 pm May 14, 2017

Reali, which raised 2 million in 2016, is another startup taking center aim at commissions (that topic no one likes to talk about). Sellers, pay a low total commission and get more out of your investment when listing with Reali. Experience selling with Reali. Video overview: The challenge with models taking aim at commissions publicly is listings listed with such brokerages are at an instant disadvantage. Why? Because some/many buyers brokers (who have relationships with buyers) won’t pro-actively show their clients these properties — even if they … Read More »

The Power of Distribution in 2017

by Drew Meyers on 9:45 am May 12, 2017

Early in my startup career (when I was first building Oh Hey World), I severely underestimated the power of distribution. In today’s landscape, the behemoths’ (Zillow, Facebook, AirBnB, Uber, etc) have a massive — and I mean massive — advantage when it comes to eyes on brand. They can be slow, but even if they’re 12 months late with their go to market, they can instantly put eyes on a new offering in a way that would cost a startup tens of millions, if not … Read More »

May Sponsor Showcase, Round 1

by Drew Meyers on 11:15 am May 11, 2017

Thank you to our May sponsors… Remzy connects brokers and agents with off market homeowners. It’s time agents addressed the inventory supply problem and created a reliable and credible way to reach out to an off market homeowners. Remzy sends your offer or inquiry via FedEx and provides online and offline ways for the homeowner to contact you. Learn More HomeStack specializes in creating and servicing mobile apps for the California Real Estate Market. With 4,000+ mobile apps built to date, they are the leading personalized real … Read More »

Meet the RE Tech Entrepreneur: Gary Beasley from Roofstock

by Drew Meyers on 9:45 am

In our latest real estate tech entrepreneur interview, we’re speaking with Gary Beasley from Roofstock. Gary has experience few in the industry can compete with, going back to 2001 with Zip Realty. I had the chance to hop on the phone with him a couple weeks ago, and speak about their business and product. I’m always a fan of models that enable consumers to do new things — he mentioned 70% of homes are owned by someone within an hour of the house (I had never heard … Read More »

Echo Goes Visual

by Drew Meyers on 8:45 am May 10, 2017

I received an email from Amazon yesterday… In order for the Alexa to deliver an amazing experience for many scenarios — certainly a real estate one — it needs a connected screen. Echo Show is that screen. The $229 price is a bit steep, but I’m sure that will come down a bit over time. I’m not sure what would entice me to buy another $200+ home electronics item, but it would have to be pretty compelling (unless it replaced my Apple TV). Maybe it’ll be an in-home … Read More »

Elon Musk’s Ted Interview

by Drew Meyers on 12:30 pm May 9, 2017

It’s been awhile since I’ve mentioned Elon Musk. It’s no secret he thinks on a grander scale than just about everyone. There’s a recently released Ted interview with Elon worth watching: Happy thinking…

The Fog is Very Real

by Drew Meyers on 9:30 am

Founders, entrepreneurs — as well as agents/brokers — should all read Fred Wilson’s post about seeing through the fog. The fog is a big part of the obsession with shiny objects (there’s more than enough of them in this industry). If you don’t know where you’re going, you’re more likely than not to pay attention to every object that comes into view. You’re also more likely than not to spend excessive time engaging in activities which are not helping you reach your goals. If the … Read More »

Meet the RE Tech Entrepreneur: Tyler Gordon from Agent Inbox

by Drew Meyers on 9:30 am May 8, 2017

In our latest real estate tech entrepreneur interview, we’re speaking with Tyler Gordon from Agent Inbox. I met Tyler at Inman in New York and had a chance to talk through his product/business — I’m bullish on the prospect of a communication platform for agents (and related service providers such as stagers, loan officers, etc). Without further ado… What do you do? I am the co-founder and CEO of Agent Inbox. I work with a team of high-performing, user-obsessed individuals who love building products for the … Read More »

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