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Video: Seattle, A History of Innovation — from Boeing to Zillow and beyond

Last night’s GeekWire Awards in Seattle celebrated the top technologies, people and companies in the Pacific Northwest in 2014 — but we started by putting everything in a much broader historical context. The team at Killer Infographics created this motion graphic for the event, in collaboration with GeekWire, tracing the roots of innovation in the Seattle region from the… Read More

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Zillow CEO Spencer Rascoff: Fortune favors the geeks

Editor’s note: Zillow CEO Spencer Rascoff delivered this keynote address to kick off the GeekWire Awards, presented by Wave Business Solutions, Thursday night at EMP. You can see all of the winners from the big night in this post. Here are Rascoff’s prepared remarks. Hey, everyone. Thank you for that awesome introduction. And congratulations to… Read More

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Zillow, Glympse win Webby Awards for tech achievements

A few Seattle startups were honored for their tech innovations at the 18th annual Webby Awards, an Oscars-style bash for Internet innovation, creativity and other wacky stuff. Real estate website Zillow, location-sharing technology startup Glympse and family organizer app Cozi all won awards. Zillow, which was nominated in two categories, took home both a Webby and a “People’s… Read More

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Placester closes $5.5M round for yet another online real estate idea

Here’s another spin on bringing the real estate industry online that could enable any agent to compete directly with the likes of Zillow or Redfin. Boston-based Placester announced today it has raised $5.5 million in capital to create a publishing platform that offers consumer search, real estate inventory info and related ad products. The company’s founder, Matt Barba, who was a… Read More

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Court denies Move’s motion to block new Zillow employee

A King County Superior Court Judge has denied a motion by Move Inc. to block the employment of Errol Samuelson at Zillow, a legal case that’s drawn interest given the bitter undertones between the two online real estate rivals. Judge Barbara Linde ruled Monday that Move Inc., which operates Realtor.com, did not prove that Samuelson… Read More

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Zillow CEO Spencer Rascoff to keynote GeekWire Awards bash

The GeekWire Awards are fast approaching, with tickets on pace to sell out. And, if you didn’t have enough reasons to attend the big bash at EMP on May 8th, here’s another. We’re excited to announce that Zillow CEO Spencer Rascoff will keynote the event, offering insights and lessons from his own startup voyage. Rascoff is… Read More

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VC Keith Rabois looks to upend real estate with Homerun, an ambitious (or crazy) idea to sell homes over the Internet in an instant

Get ready for yet another online real estate startup. This one is codenamed Homerun, and it promises to change the way people sell their homes online by making the transaction simple enough to complete in a few seconds. The most notable aspect of Homerun, at least at this early stage, is its high-profile founder: venture… Read More

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Zillow inks deal with Chinese real estate giant Leju

Zillow has entered into an exclusive agreement to power the U.S. home shopping experience for Leju, a Chinese subsidiary of E-House Inc. that’s in the process of spinning out through an initial public offering.  The profitable company, which posted revenue of $335 million last year, plans to trade on the New York Stock Exchange. Last… Read More

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Will Zillow make a move into commercial real estate?

Commercial real estate agents want Zillow to move into their market. During an event put on by the Portland Business Journal today, a commercial real estate broker asked Zillow CEO Spencer Rascoff when the company planned to move into providing information on commercial properties, according to a report by the Oregonian. Rascoff said that the company has… Read More

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Zillow poaches one Move exec, gets sued for hiring another

For the second time this month, Zillow has poached a leading executive from rival Move Inc. Zillow announced today that it has hired Curt Beardsley as vice president of industry development, responsible for bolstering relations with multiple listing services across the country. He most recently held that role at Move, which operates the Realtor.com Web… Read More