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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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2008 

 I had no idea that you could do this, but it turns out that you can connect your Blackberry to your laptop and use your BB as a dial-up modem. This will be very helpful to me after long flights -- I usually have 50-100 emails in my outbox when I land, and this will allow me to have them start be...
04/30/2008
I had the pleasure of seeing Pat Grimm, the owner of the Capitol Hill Windermere office, speak yesterday at the Rainier Club Real Estate Roundtable. He shared this fascinating statistic:2004 NWMLS # of sales associates: ~15,0002006 NWMLS # of sales associates: ~30,000Entering 2008, we were still ...
04/29/2008
Here's a post from a technology developer's messageboard -- someone is willing to pay a developer $11,000 to clone Trulia. Sketchy...
04/29/2008
04/29/2008
The Zillow Mortgage Marketplace is now about three weeks old, so I thought I'd give an update.What is it?In short, think of Zillow Mortgage Marketplace like a free, anonymous version of Lending Tree. Borrowers submit loan requests but don't share their name, their SS# or their phone #. Lenders t...
04/25/2008
I’m a judge in the upcoming Web2.0 awards, which Zillow was fortunate enough to win last year. I guess I was asked to be a judge by SEOMoz, the awards organizer, because I’m pretty hip ti what’s happening on the web. So I was floored to see how few of the nominees I had even heard of, no less us...
04/25/2008
 According to a recent survey from NPD, here's what people will do with their refund checks: 42% pay down bills 21% save it 14% say they don't qualify for a refund check 12% spend on discretionary items 11% other  This was a dumb idea from the start.   Hat tip to Paul Kedrosky.   Update: As I exp...
04/22/2008
A friend of mine from college, Jessica Harris, has recorded a series of interviews with entrepreneurs  for NPR called "From Scratch". There are some really interesting 20-30 minute interviews available on the website with people like Richard Branson (Virgin), Julie Clark (founder of Baby Einstei...
04/22/2008
Apparently $86.1 billion, at least if you’re Google, according to a new study by WPP Group’s Millward Brown.
04/21/2008
Obviously there are many more online resources available to buyers, sellers, homeowners and agents now than at any time in history. These tools have proliferated rapidly -- it's hard to believe, but only a few years ago homeowners couldn't get home valuations; sellers had to rely solely on the ML...
04/21/2008
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