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This is my blog where I discuss things I find interesting, including: real estate, venture capital, entrepreneurship, economics and pop culture.

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2007 

 One of my best friends is featured in this article in today's Seattle Times. He works at Runberg Architecture Group in Seattle, and lives in Green Lake now. In one of the most clever employee-retention efforts I've seen, his firm has helped two architect-employees purchase and design their own h...
12/31/2007
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 Note: I also posted this on Zillowblog.Another year has come and gone, and there is no shortage of year-in-review posts this week, including a good one by Dustin Luther (blogfather turned Realtor.com employee turned blogfather), and one from Inman News. Because I wrote the 2006 wrap-up post for...
12/28/2007
 One of my favorite blogs, Techcrunch, has nominated Zillow for a "Crunchie" in the category of "Best Consumer Startup". We're competing with one of my favorite companies, 800FREE411 and a few others.You can vote here, if you like.Update: we're also nominated for Best Overall Startup against a l...
12/26/2007
Another month, another depressing survey by Bank of America’s research team. A slight uptick in buyers, driven by more foreclosure inventory. But overall the story is grim: too many sellers, not enough buyers. As usual, BofA does a great job drilling down into 40 specific housing markets. There’s...
12/26/2007
We’re dataholics at Zillow. And we do a ton of research on who uses our website. I’d like to share the results of a recent survey of Realtors who use Zillow. - About 9% of our visitors say they are Realtors – that’s about 400,000 Realtors a month visiting our website. This likely makes Zillow th...
12/26/2007
As the writer’s strike follows us into the New Year, we’re faced with the likelihood that the TV gods will increasingly rely on reality programming and reruns to amuse us. Other than blogging more and re-learning how to read a book, here’s a suggestion of how we can make it through the long cold ...
12/26/2007
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Happy Holidays to all of you here on Active Rain from me and my friends at Zillow. Here’s a little holiday song performed by the gang here in Seattle.    
12/22/2007
There have been several high profile investments of foreign capital into prominent American financial institutions over the last few weeks, as Wall Street tries to work its way out of the subprime mortgage mess. - China invested $5 billion in Morgan Stanley - China also invested $3 billion in Bla...
12/20/2007
This is a cool website.It allows you to see the front page of any newspaper in the world. Check it out.
12/20/2007
I guess it's not quite a canary in the coal mine because the canary is supposed to warn us about trouble and I think we already know about the trouble in the housing market. (Zillow's Q3 Home Value Report indicated that US home values are down about 6% versus last year.)Take a look at the # of du...
12/20/2007
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