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Feb 11 16

Nothing but a “Z” thing…

by Greg Robertson

Spencer Rascoff throwing up his Zillow gang sign. Congrats to the entire team at Zillow for an amazing 10 years.

Spence

Feb 8 16

Looking for a new gig?

by Greg Robertson

Two new positions posted on the Vendor Alley Job Board!

Digital Marketing Manager for HomeSpotter

Senior Developer for W&R Studios – Help us make great software for the real estate industry!

See these jobs and more at the Vendor Alley Jobs Board!

Feb 6 16

Cloud MLX is looking soooooo good!

by Greg Robertson

My company, W&R Studios, is getting close to releasing our new MLS front end product, Cloud MLX. It’s looking amazeballs! I don’t want to give away too much but here are a few partial screen shots.

It’s living up to exactly what I expected: Simple, Fast and Beautiful.

We think agents are going to love it.

Cloud MLX search bar

Saved Searches

Dropdown

Agent Page

Cloud MLX can simply be a hub to our existing products Cloud CMA and Cloud Streams. The larger vision, is it can also be used an an alternative front end to your MLS. It’s so fast and simple agents won’t need extensive training.

Our new design team is really hitting it out of the park. I can’t wait to ship it and show everyone.

Feb 2 16

Wes Wiggins joins Zillow Group

by Greg Robertson

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Looks like its official. I hope he checked his meta data.

Congrats Wes!!

Feb 1 16

MLS Rap

by Greg Robertson

I was asked to participate in an “Oxford Style Debate” at Inman Connect NYC this year by David Charron and Denee Evans (CEO of CMLS). The topic was “Resolved: The MLS Limits Progress”. Rob Hahn and I were to be on the side that said this statement was true (I guess they couldn’t find any other suckers). While Chris Carrillo and Celeste Starchild took the opposite position.

I was to start off the debate first, with a 5 minute opening statement. Inspired by the rap battles in the play Hamilton, I decided to make my own rap about the topic.

Also, many thanks to Freddy Sarabia, who was in the audience and took this video. I have also included the lyrics at the bottom. Super fun time, and everyone was a good sport.

 

So, Allow me to introduce myself….

I’m the publisher of your favorite blog
I really like it when you read along
I re-invented the C-M-A
So, I’m here to drop some knowledge with you today.

They call me the Grand Master G
And today I’m repping the N-Y-C
don’t forget the notorious R-O-B
because he’s going make you go O-M-G

We here to talk about the M-L-S
The one that created
all this mess.

Your technology is all so whack
Theres too many of you,
you need to cut back.

Your policies give your brokers a heart attack
and talk on the street is you might get sacked.

Your PARAGON makes me yawn
Your RAPATTONI looks like RIGATONI
The MATRIX renders slowly
and the FLEX MLS seems the opposite to me.

And before you start blaming
the vendors I’ve been naming
Remember its you that signs their checks, breeze.

Maybe if you quit nickel and dimen
You’re vendors would begin shinning
and putting out some great I-P.

And don’t blame your brokers
Its just like a good game of poker
You got to play the cards you see

And what about the C-M-L-S?
They throw a great party
but what the heck?
We all want to know
what comes next?

Please do something. Please

So Mr. Carrillo
when you sit on your pillow,
and worry about Zillow
remember your members need someone to LEAD.

And you ain’t no STAR–CHILD.
I don’t get the HUB BUB
over the LIST-HUB
Its just all stale data to me.

But maybe in your new position,
you can show the true disposition of a
what strong women leader can achieve.

So, just remember this,
before you think this is all just a dis…

It’s not about cooperation or compensation

but its true innovation that we seek.

And if you don’t no, now you know.

Jan 25 16

CurbCall gets acquired

by Greg Robertson

REAL ESTATE TECH FIRM CURBCALL ACQUIREDCurbCall Refocuses to Revolutionize Real Estate Lead Routing

Stephanie Sullivan, a long-time serial entrepreneur in the mobile high tech and real estate space, acquired CurbCall from founder and CEO Seth Siegler. With Sullivan serving as co-founder and CEO and Siegler remaining on as co-founder and CTO, the company is expanding product capabilities to be able to offer real estate brokerages and agents a real-time lead routing system that is significantly faster and less costly than the leading offerings.

“As former head of my own real estate brokerage, I am intimately aware of the problems with the way real estate leads are currently routed,” said Sullivan. “Leads are often delivered hours or even a whole day after they come in, with little to no vetting despite claims to the contrary, and providers charge a high cost per lead or even a percentage of the transaction. Inspired by the Uber model, I saw that we could use technology to connect buyers and agents instantly.”

I’ve always been intrigued by CurbCall. It will be interesting if this new team will help increase traction with larger brokerages.

Jan 25 16

Looking for a new gig?

by Greg Robertson

Member Services Associate
MLS of Hilton Head Island, Inc.

“The Member Services Associate is a critical team player and important part of our ability to provide top level services and support to potential and existing members in the call center as well as interact socially during events, training, and day to day operations. A key to success for this staff position is to be positive attitude, accuracy, and dedication to providing a high level of customer service. “

See this position and more on the Vendor Alley Job Board!

Jan 22 16

Looking for a new gig?

by Greg Robertson

W&R Studios is looking for a Project Manager

Project Manager

“W&R Studios is seeking a Project Manager to play a key role in a growing, agile product development team. This person will work with designers, developers, senior management and the marketing department on existing and new web and mobile apps for the real estate industry. The primary goal of this person will be to ensure continuous progress and momentum towards shipping new products, features, and fixes for our subscribers. This position will be based out of either our Huntington Beach, California headquarters (preferred) or Boulder, Colorado office.”

Come help us make awesome software.

Jan 21 16

Ten-X (formerly Auction.com) promotes Rick Sharga to CMO

by Greg Robertson

Rick ShargaFrom HousingWire.com

Ten-X promotes Rick Sharga to chief marketing officerRespected industry veteran to lead marketing efforts for rebranded Auction.com

“In this role, Sharga will utilize his “unique blend” of real estate, technology and consumer marketing experience to lead corporate marketing, branding and corporate communications for Ten-X, the company said in a press release.

Sharga is a well-respected voice in the housing industry, and frequently appears on HousingWire, both as a source of perspective and as a contributor.

In his new role, Sharga will oversee corporate marketing and communications for the rebranded Auction.com.”

Congrats Rick!

Jan 18 16

Martin

by Greg Robertson

MLK

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”

– Martin Luther King, Jr 1929- 1968