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Jul 7 16

Looking for a new gig?

by Greg Robertson

Matterport is looking for a Director, Enterprise Sales.

“Matterport is looking for an experienced Sales Executive to drive exponential growth in Enterprise Real Estate Sales. The Sales Executive will be responsible for selling Matterport’s Pro 3D Camera and related software-as-a-service (SaaS) to large end users. They will reach business targets and opportunity-based sales quotas through excellent telephone sales and communications skills. Additionally, the executive will create sales leads, initiate prospect calls, and establish ongoing rapport with existing and potential customers. Integrity, vision, and passion are essential for this role.”

Find out more about this position and other opportunities on the Vendor Alley Job Board.

Jul 7 16

Looking for a new gig?

by Greg Robertson

The Austin Board of REALTORS is looking for a Data Quality Assurance Manager

Perform quality analysis to maintain data integrity in the MLS system. Daily maintenance, monitoring and correction of reports and system business rules; as well as communication with members and vendors monitoring progress of reported errors to resolution.

Find out more about this position and other opportunities on the Vendor Alley Job Board.

Jul 6 16

Lone Wolf acquires

by Greg Robertson

Heard about this awhile ago, I guess its official now…

Vista Equity-backed Lone Wolf buys

““This acquisition aligns with our vision of a completely integrated real estate business,” says Lorne C. Wallace, CEO of Lone Wolf Real Estate Technologies. “At Lone Wolf, we have a clear vision of a real estate eco-system. We believe that a single point of entry, whether for leads, agents or listings, is critical for an efficient and successful brokerage. This acquisition brings the WhereToLive clients and us one step closer to that vision.”

Lorne has been on a tear lately.

Jul 5 16

Upstream CEO, Alex Lange announces Upstream website “in a few weeks”.

by Greg Robertson

Two things I learned today. Alex Lange, newly appointed CEO of Upstream, has a blog. Secondly he says Upstream will launch a new website in a few weeks. Which means August?

Thirty Days Swimming Upstream

I also want transparency, so you have all the information you need to plan effectively. With that said, I will launch the Upstream website in a few weeks. It will have designs, documentation and talking points so you can inform your teams. I will frequently post our status and write about what’s working, what’s not and how we’re addressing issues (the good, the bad and the ugly). I will dissect our operating agreement for you as well as our corporate charter. You will have access to everything that is Upstream.

Jun 30 16


by Greg Robertson

Like many of you we started off the year with a plan. We made some goals, both product-wise and financial. We hired, we fired and made tweaks to our org chart to help steer our company towards those goals. One of the best things I’ve done in the past few years is having monthly meetings and go over our how we preformed in comparison to our goals month over month. Every month those metrics are tracked and we can see the progress over time. Looking back at those slides tells a story.

And now, quickly enough, its June. It’s Halftime.

Time to look at what went well, what didn’t go so well, ponder on any surprises and to see what (if any ) of our assumptions were wrong or right.

Whether you run a big company, an association, MLS or hustling for some sales, now is a good time to reflect. I’ve been doing that for the past couple weeks. You should try it.

Jun 29 16

Looking for a new gig?

by Greg Robertson

The Williamsburg Area Association of REALTORS® is looking for a new AE!

Association Executive

“This highly visible AE will work with an energized volunteer membership and lead the staff to enhance the public’s perception of the industry. The successful candidate must have proven leadership experience, strong management skills, and political acumen. S/he must be an energetic worker, strategic thinker, leader, organizer, administrator, manager and communicator.

Find out about this position and more at the Vendor Alley Job Board

Jun 28 16

Rick Trevino heads new RESO Workgroup to handle data payload standardization

by Greg Robertson

rick trevinoNew RESO Workgroup Tackles Data Payload Standardization

“Rob Larson, head of the RESO Data Dictionary Workgroup and Chief Information Officer for CRMLS, remembers vividly that day. Initially, his Workgroup looked into the issue raised at the conference. “While the Data Dictionary Workgroup completed the first payload, IDX, it was clear that this could take away from the Workgroup’s primary function: the fields, lookups, data types, lengths and their definitions,” Larson said.
“Because a payload is a group of Dictionary fields — and the decision about which fields belong to a given payload is driven by business rules — having a Payload Workgroup focused on this goal helps keep the Dictionary Workgroup focused on its goals,” he added. Thus, the Payload Workgroup was created and Trevino was tapped to head up the new Payload Workgroup.”

MetroList Services, where Rick works, was the first MLS to be platinum certified. Rick may have to deal with some political issues here but setting standards are important. Congrats!

Jun 27 16

CMLS Vegas 2016

by Greg Robertson


Only 85 days till CMLS Vegas. Have you registered yet?

Jun 23 16


by Greg Robertson

At the recent Apple WWDC keynote they announced a few tweaks to the new watchOS 3. After a year of feedback the focus of these changes is about “glanceability”. By their definition the user had to get the information (usually coming from some sort of notification) of what they needed in about “2 seconds”. And keep in mind this information was being delivered on a display the size of a watch face.

2 seconds.

This made me think of the process we went through when designing the email listing alerts being delivered in Cloud Streams. Here’s what one looks like on a smart phone.

iphone New Streams Alert

Look and feel are important but design is also how it works. So deliverability and having a clear call to action on these types of notifications is also very important.

Now here’s a recent one from Matrix.

iphone Matrix Alert New

Is there a word for something that is the exact opposite as “glanceable”? And trust me, this is pretty on par with most MLS systems out there now. If you are running an MLS or brokerage and think your members/agent deserve better, drop Katie a line. She can help. : )

And it looks like the portals are paying attention to this glanceabilty issue as well. Trulia just recently updated the look and feel of their listing alerts.

iphone New Trulia Alert

Looks a bit familiar to my eyes, but I guess imitation is the best form of flattery. : )

But they did make an interesting design decision. If you were given the choice of having a bigger property photo, or a smaller photo of the property and a map, what would you choose?

For me? I like big property photos and I cannot lie.

Jun 20 16

CoreLogic’s Trestle nominated for Inman Innovator Award

by Greg Robertson

Chris Bennett

CoreLogic Nominated for INMAN Real Estate Innovation Award

“We’re honored to be nominated for this prestigious award,” said Chris Bennett, general manager of real estate solutions for CoreLogic. “Helping multiple listing organizations achieve RESO certification was the catalyst for developing Trestle, but the vision has become so much more. For multiple listing organizations, Trestle provides data standardization, distribution control, contract management, and fee processing. We’re already in discussions with several third parties who want to deliver their content via the Trestle marketplace and API. For brokers, Trestle offers a single source for all their listing data, as well as access to unique CoreLogic property content that the big portals don’t have. For technology providers, Trestle provides access to a national data source and the opportunity for greater innovation. The idea is to make working with real estate data easier than it’s ever been.”

Congrats to CoreLogic on this nomination. I still think adding some sort of permissioning default would make it a homerun.