Where Real Estate Gets Its Dirt

Silent Bob and Jay meet The Porcupine.

Spencer Rascoff
I’m told by a friend, who has been there, that in Spencer Rascoff’s (the CEO of Zillow) cubicle (yes, it seems Spencer likes to keep it real) he has 3 flat panel screens set up. One dedicated to Twitter, one dedicated to Stock Market information and the other to the web and email. To me this makes perfect sense. Why?

Spencer is famously known for Tweeting out responses to criticism about Zillow. Spencer has even responded to a few of my Tweets about Zillow. Mostly to clarify a point I was making. Which doesn’t make me special in any way, he does this all the time…to anybody. It seems Spencer’s skin is not so much thin, but translucent.

But now he has added two new arrows (quills?) to his quiver, a very respected MLS professional, Bob Bemis and a successful broker Jay Thompson that is also a great writer and “gets” social media and technology. Two great choices, especially if you want to silence a lot of critics.

The more I think about Zillow the more possibilities come up for what it can do, what it can be.

A friend of mine and I were discussing Zillow this morning, he said something really smart. “To me, what gets me excited is Zillow’s over valuation. Now have a lot of cash to make a lot of things real, and be worth the valuation.”


So Spencer keep in mind “haters always hate”, so just play on player, play on. Or if you prefer, allow me to quote a great ex-president.

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know. -Theodore Roosevelt”

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