As you know, I’m in New York city until the 27th. This past week has been a long one. When you’re used to drinking a couple times a month, and not usually having more than 3-4 in person meetings per week – socializing all day, and drinking all night – for multiple days in a row – is a bit of a shock to the body. That said, it was a fantastic week, on many fronts.
A few high level takeaways….
1. RE BarCamp New York. No surprise, it was full of amazing discussions and people. I’ve been a huge fan of Pat Healy for a long, long time. And still am. Thank you for organizing a great RE BarCamp, my friend.
2. Updater. I didn’t chat with anyone from Updater personally, but heard from numerous people that they were the most impressive startup at Startup Alley. The idea seems rock solid.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pYsLP2c_Tm8
3. Zillow/Trulia/Realtor.com/Redfin have Won Search. Almost everyone I spoke with said that search was not a battle they were planning to compete in, particularly when it comes to mobile. The portals have already won that space.
A bit more about some of the people I had the pleasure of spending time with…
I got to spend a some time with Justin Britt at Hawaii Life. I can tell you, you’re going to hear a lot about them over the next couple years (even though they are on an island far away from the rest of the US). They are innovating in ways most of the industry isn’t even remotely thinking about.
Seth Siegler is definitely on to something. I saw a demo of his CurbCall app (prior coverage), which is a great way for agents to generate late stage buyer leads in their downtime. He’s lining up brokerage deals right now to get the app live in several markets around the country.
TG Gallaudet – an agent from California with a tech background who just got married to a New Yorker and moved to the Big Apple. We met at REBarCamp San Diego about 5 years ago, but haven’t spoken since. Smart guy, and I’m axious to see where he lands career wise in NYC.
As always, Jeff, Rivers, and Grier from BoomTown were a blast to hang out with.
Shalin Sheth and Mark Birschbach at Second Century Ventures. Was glad to find out they both read this blog already.
Rob Reuter at YPN is a class act. NAR is extremely fortunate to have him on staff.
Matt Dollinger is one of the sharpest minds in this industry.
Bill Lublin is still one of my favorite people in this entire industry.
Looking forward to chatting with a few folks from the travel industry early this week before I head back to the west coast.