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Redfin suspends Price Whisperer service in Seattle after one week, apologizes for violating MLS rules

Redfin has bumped into those pesky rules and regulations again. The Seattle online real estate brokerage, which is known for pushing the envelope with new products and services, has removed its week-old Price Whisperer service in Seattle after overstepping rules from the Northwest Multiple Listing Service. It continues to offer the service in California, Oregon,… Read More

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Commencement speech showdown: Advice to recent grads from Redfin’s Kelman and Zillow’s Rascoff

It’s that time of year when commencement speeches ring out across the nation, with everyone from President Barack Obama to philanthropist Melinda Gates to comedian Jimmy Kimmel offering words of wisdom to recent grads. Now, LinkedIn is taking a very special approach to the commencement speech tradition, asking several of its so-called “influencers” to write “Commencement… Read More

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Vinod Khosla, Rich Barton lead Vittana’s new ‘League of Extraordinary Tech Superheroes’

Venture capital Vinod Khosla and Zillow co-founder Rich Barton have joined forces to bankroll Vittana, the Seattle non-profit that’s attempting to wipe out youth poverty through education-oriented microloans. The contributions of Khosla and Barton mark the largest in Vittana’s history, and set the organization on a path to become self sustainable. The exact amount of… Read More

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Comments of the week: Will this phone really take off?

The best comments, quotes, and random zingers we heard this week… “Do you have to turn off *this* phone during takeoff and landing?” –GeekWire reader Lawrence Lam commenting on news that aerospace giant Boeing plans to develop a new phone based on the Android operating system. “I hope the phone takes off. Pun intended.”–GeekWire reader… Read More

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Networking is a good thing to do, but not good enough

In a GeekWire guest post last week, Bob Crimmins said I was “flat wrong” when I advised a group of would-be entrepreneurs to focus on their product and their customers, not conferences, parties, lunches, coffees or other networking events. Bob offered a delightful guide on how to network but still I question whether networking is more… Read More

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Microsoft Windows as a ‘beautiful metaphor’ and other comments of the week

The best insights, observations, comments, tweets and random zingers we heard this week. “Windows really is a beautiful metaphor for computing and with the new logo we wanted to celebrate the idea of a window, in perspective.” –Microsoft’s Sam Moreau in a blog post describing the concepts behind the company’s new Windows logo. “Whenever you answer something,… Read More

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Why Glenn Kelman is wrong: A defense of networking

First, a big thanks to Redfin CEO Glenn Kelman for stepping up and delivering a thoughtful and illuminating presentation at the recent Startup Conference in Seattle.  I was enlightened, inspired and entertained… and I’m sure the audience of nascent entrepreneurs was as well. For the record, I don’t know Glenn personally but I’ve bumped into… Read More

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Here comes Redfin 3.0 … and more price increases

Redfin today announced a “massive upgrade” of its real estate service, one which CEO Glenn Kelman notes in a blog post will ensure that customers will have a “one-on-one relationship” with an individual agent throughout the entire home buying process. As part of the changes, Redfin has added more than 50 new agents and reduced the… Read More

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Redfin CEO Glenn Kelman: Why you should do a startup right now (and not one in a ‘stinky, little niche’)

Redfin CEO Glenn Kelman is known for his colorful, erudite and oftentimes controversial remarks when it comes to startups, business and entrepreneurship. And so it was with some anticipation that I attended Kelman’s talk Monday night at the Get a Real Job Fair in Seattle. Kelman joked that he had a really juicy keynote in store until… Read More

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This real estate vet is sick and tired of Trulia and Zillow, and he’s not gonna take it anymore

The battle over online real estate listings is starting to heat up again. Jim Abbott, president of the Abbott Realty Group and a 20-year real estate veteran in San Diego, recently announced plans to pull listings from Trulia, Realtor.com, Zillow and other online real estate sites. In a YouTube video announcing the plan (posted below),… Read More

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Redfin’s ‘hunky’ IT department exposed in charity calendar

This is pretty funny — and slightly disturbing. Redfin, the Seattle-based online real estate company, has produced a very tongue-in-cheek “Men of Redfin I.T. Calendar”, featuring its internal tech specialists in various costumes and, in one case, nothing but a New Year’s sash. It’s a charity calendar, and the company is offering it up to the… Read More

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Redfin CTO Michael Young departs

Redfin’s top technologist is saying goodbye to the online real estate brokerage after five years on the job. Chief Technology Officer Michael Young recently announced his resignation, handing over the CTO duties to vice president of engineering Sasha Aickin. At the time of Young’s hiring in December 2006, Kelman called the fellow University of California,… Read More

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Redfin’s Kelman considers new products, acquisitions: ‘It’s always good to have cash’

At the time of Redfin’s last venture capital round, CEO Glenn Kelman indicated that it would be the company’s last. But, as we all know in the world of startups, things change. And today, the Seattle online real estate company announced an additional $14.8 million from Globespan Capital Partners, Paul Allen’s Vulcan, Madrona and others. Now,… Read More

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Online real estate brokerage Redfin scores $14 million

We heard rumblings last week that Redfin — the Seattle online real estate broker — was out looking for new financing. Well, it’s official. The company announced today that Globespan Capital Partners has led a $14.8 million investment, with existing investors Madrona Venture Group, Vulcan Capital, Draper Fisher Jurvetson and Greylock Partners also participating. Total funding… Read More