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Feb 13 15

Rob Hahn on the “Broker Portal Project”.

by Greg Robertson

Free Advice to The Broker Public Portal

“Consider the timeline of the BPP project, as per the website. The “organizational meeting” was in November of 2014. January of 2015 is when financial support and commitment from brokers and MLSs are to be garnered. Then in March/April timeframe, the company will be formed with the $250K seed funding. And then consultants and the Board will get into the RFP process, which will take a few months, and then they have to select vendors, and then finally start building. Along the way, they also have to secure the $15 million in startup funding.

If the first line of code for BPP is written before the end of the year, it will be a miracle.

Salient points from the notorious one.

Feb 13 15

RIP David Carr

by Greg Robertson

Screen Shot 2015-02-13 at 7.13.43 AMDavid Carr, Times Critic and Champion of Media, Dies at 58

“In a statement, Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Jr., The Times’s publisher and chairman, said: “David Carr was one of the most gifted journalists who has ever worked at The New York Times. “He combined formidable talent as a reporter with acute judgment to become an indispensable guide to modern media. But his friends at The Times and beyond will remember him as a unique human being — full of life and energy, funny, loyal and lovable. An irreplaceable talent, he will be missed by everyone who works for The Times and everyone who reads it.”

“irreplaceable talent” just about sums it up. I’m gonna miss reading him.

Feb 12 15

Looking for a new gig?

by Greg Robertson

Trendgraphix, Inc.

“• Supporting and maintaining relationship with existing customers to achieve highest level of customer satisfaction for retention and add-on sales
• Conducting web-based product training webinars and videos
• Preparing sales related email marketing campaigns
• Performing product sales and post-sale client follow-up
• Timely and accurately inputting data in various company software systems
• Promptly and timely responding to and pre-qualifying internet leads and other incoming inquiries
• Assisting in creating proposals, completing contracts within specified guidelines
• Preparing and procuring necessary transaction related agreements, setting up documents (client contact & billing records) in SalesForce software”

To find out more visit the Vendor Alley Job Board.

Feb 11 15

Flipboard for the web

by Greg Robertson

Great article about how they created Flipboard for the web. It is a bit technical. I love to use Flipboard on my iPad. This quote caught my attention.

60fps on the mobile web

“Early on, after testing numerous prototypes, we decided our web experience should scroll. Our mobile apps are known for their book-like pagination metaphor, something that feels intuitive on a touch screen, but for a variety of reasons, scrolling feels most natural on the web.”

That’s exactly the same conclusion we came up with Cloud Streams. On the web people love scrolling through streams of data (think Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest). And when you think about it most MLS portals display some excel looking spreadsheet you need to click to move on to the next 25 properties.

Also this is why none of those viewer plugins popular with publishers to turn their paper Magazines in to a “digital” version never really took off. The interface was lousy and seemed like a hack job.

People want to scroll.

Feb 11 15

John Stewart leaving the Daily Show

by Greg Robertson

Watch an emotional Jon Stewart announce his Daily Show departure

“”This show doesn’t deserve an even slightly restless host,” Stewart offers by way of explanation, without going into detail. “In my heart I know it’s time for someone else to have this opportunity.” The host and comedian doesn’t have any specific plans for what he’ll do next, other than “have dinner on a school night with my family,” but he does say he has “a lot of ideas.”

One of the greats. Damn.

Feb 10 15

Looking for a new gig?

by Greg Robertson

2 new jobs posted in the Vendor Alley Job Board.

Director of Industry Marketing
MOVE, Inc.

“This individual will be a part of and support Move’s Industry Relations team and will partner closely with the creative team, events team, and when needed, trade marketing leads for specific business units. He or she will drive cross-channel efforts in support of trade marketing initiatives that drive business goals.”

Find out more here.

Account Director/Project Manager
August Partners

“We’re looking for a seasoned account director/project manager and client advocate who loves the creative process as much as order and structure. We need someone who can keep the team in line with clients, and vice versa. You need to be opinionated and diplomatic, so that when there’s an issue you can resolve it to everyone’s satisfaction.”

Find out more here.

And to see all listing on the Vendor Alley Job Board click here.

Feb 10 15

REColorado sends “cease and desist” to Trelora for posting commission for all area homes.

by Greg Robertson

REcolorado tells Trelora to shut down broker-commission database

“REcolorado, the Denver metro area’s multiple-listing service, has sent a cease-and-desist emailed letter directing residential brokerage Trelora to shut down a database it launched last week revealing the buyer-broker commissions of every listed home on the Denver market.”

Classic! I wonder how long before Redfin copies this! It will be interesting how this plays out.

Also in case you didn’t figure it out “Trelora” is a letter scramble of “Realtor”.

Feb 5 15

RIP Bob Hewes

by Greg Robertson


Robert Hewes Obituary

“He then moved to Naples in 1989. Bob joined Downing-Frye Realty, Inc. on August 5, 1992. Over the years, he won numerous company awards. Since 2009, Bob has been one of the trainers for DowningFrye agents. His expertise was focused on technology. Since 1992 Bob was an active member of the Naples Area Board of Realtors (NABOR). He served on many committees at NABOR and was inducted into the Florida Association of Realtors Honor Society and NABOR Honor Society in 1992. His numerous accomplishments include NABOR Educator of the Year in 1995, Realtor of the Year in 1997, President’s Award Recipient in 1999 and REALTOR Committee Contribution Award in 1999 and 2011. He received the Member Spotlight Award in 1999 and 2002 and was awarded the Task Force Contribution Award in 2009 and 2013. He has been a Director at NABOR since 2010. He received the Committee Member Spotlight in 2010 and was inducted into the NABOR Hall of Fame in 2013.”

A couple of vendor friends have reached out to me about Bob’s passing. Any vendor over the last 10 to 15 years doing business in Florida had worked with Bob. For some reason I always thought he had been an actor previously. He kind had that old school “leading man” look. Just recently Katie and I worked with him on getting Cloud CMA available in the Naples area. Such a loss to the industry, he really cared and gave a lot. I’m sure everyone shares my heart felt condolences for his family. May he rest in peace.

Feb 5 15

I want my Cloud __________!

by Greg Robertson

Hack WeekIn December 2014 W&R Studios did a “Hack Week”. The premise was to pick two product ideas, have the ideas be worked on 2 teams of developers, and then see what they come up with.

The two products chosen were:

Cloud MLX – An alternative front end to MLS systems.

Cloud Open House – A beautiful way to track your Open House from start to finish.

In this 4 part series you got to meet the developers, their backgrounds and how they approached the challenge. W&R Studios also recorded a live raw video of their final presentations to “pitch” their product to the company.

In Part 4, W&R Studios is asking people to vote on the product they would like to see built. There’s a great recap video and you can also check up on previous “Hack Week” posts. It was a lot of fun, hope you enjoy.

W&R Studios’ “Hack Week” – Part 4. Vote!

Feb 4 15

Looking for a new gig?

by Greg Robertson

RESO is looking for a new Executive Director.

“The Executive Director (ED) is responsible for the successful leadership and management of the Real Estate Standards Organization (RESO) and promulgation of its standards and products. The ED will act according to the guiding principles of RESO and take direction from the Board of Directors, fostering the coordination, development, implementation, compliance, marketing and training of RESO’s standards.”

Find out more on the Vendor Alley Job Board!