Announcing the Official Launch of Tomato University - Technology Training For The Real Estate Industry

Real Estate Technology with Real Estate Tomato


It is finally here!  We are so excited.

We’ve launched Tomato University (beta):
“Technology Education For The Real Estate Industry”

The success of our first three Virtual BarCamp events made two things very clear:
1. There is an overwhelming interest in learning how to use technology to improve one’s real estate career.
2. Participating from the comfort of your home or office is a hugely popular alternative to learning in person.

Please Note: If you were a participant in any of our Virtual BarCamp events, then you are instantly a member of the University.  You will have received an email notification of your membership… and if you haven’t, simply login and request a reset of your password. 

Our mission with Tomato University is to scale back a bit on the intensity of the VREBC experience, and give everyone an opportunity to learn in a much more relaxed and engaging environment.

Rather than spending the day drinking from the fire hose of VREBC (28 live classes over 7 hours), we are launching the University with just 5 classes per week (1 per business day).

See University Schedule:

The other major distinction from VREBC is that the classes will be limited to much smaller audiences, allowing for direct engagement with the professors, in real-time, during class.  Classes will last between 1 and 2 hours, and in most cases will be limited to just 40 students.

See University Professors:

Our-missionDuring this beta period (roughly 45 days), all classes will be held at 11am PST (2pm EST).  In addition to the great schedule we already have in place, we will be adding classes and professors on a regular basis, with constant turn-over and growth.

Soon we will be offering intense Labs and Tutoring Options to our schedule.  The labs will be limited to as few as 5 students, and the one-on-one tutoring sessions will be available for those that want our undivided attention.

Even though the University is in a beta phase, our commitment remains in providing our students with the most relevant and effective technology training available. 

Here are a few of the ways you can instantly take advantage of the University:

1. Sign up for upcoming classes taught by some of the Real Estate Industry's finest minds.
2. Shout out from your Dashboard to the entire community, Twitter style!
3. Hold conversations with any other member(s) in real-time using "@membername" Twitter style!
4. Rate and Comment on classes you have taken to improve our offerings.
5. Friend other members to send direct messages and get updates on their activity within TU.
6. Post your RSS feeds to your profile to gain more exposure to your blog articles.
7. Submit your ideas for classes and/or your application for professorship.
8. Update your profile details.
9. Connect with Twitter and Facebook to broadcast status and connect with others.
10. Manage your email update preferences.
To begin taking advantage of your free membership you will need to register or login:

Once logged in:

To view your Dashboard:

To see our Upcoming Classes:

To meet our Professors:

To update your Profile:

We are going to be making an enormous amount of usability and functionality improvements in subsequent phases. 
Many of these improvements are already in the works, but we would love suggestions from you.

Tomato-u-dudeOur goal is to create an incredibly resourceful learning environment that thrives as a social network.
This initial phase is intended to be interactive, so don't be shy.

Near future upgrades we already have planned:
- Fan Classes for notification of updates and future related content and classes.
- Uploading of instructional videos to a tutorial library by both professors and members.
- Direct Message other members, privately.
- Participate in a community blog discussing high-level real estate technology topics.
- The addition of a Tomato University Blog for system news and updates.
- Browse and view an archive of recorded classes from past VREBC events.
- RSS/XML Feed of upcoming classes for affiliates and professors to showcase on their websites.

Don't hold back on your suggestions - we are very excited to hear from you.


John Thomas
E3 Green HOMES - Boulder, CO
EcoBroker, MSEE, MBA

Looks very interesting...I would to check it out but wonder what is the costs?

Apr 20, 2010 12:04 PM
Lisa Walston
Atlas Property Group and Abbey Church Properties - Greenwood, IN

This is definitely on my horizon. Thanks!

Apr 20, 2010 12:12 PM
Real Estate Tomato
Real Estate Tomato - Cottonwood, CA
Real Estate Website Design Done Beautifully


Costs will vary for each class.  But everything is very affordable. Go check it out!

Apr 20, 2010 01:03 PM
Cheryl Ritchie
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Huntingtown, MD
Southern Maryland 301-980-7566

I did not receive an invitation and have attended all the events. Please resend. When will past classes that are recorded be posted?

Apr 20, 2010 01:09 PM
Real Estate Tomato
Real Estate Tomato - Cottonwood, CA
Real Estate Website Design Done Beautifully


I don't see you in our database - why don't you just re-register now.. and from there it will be a snap.

We are still working out how to post the recordings on Tomato U for the past VREBC.  Stay tuned.

Apr 20, 2010 01:14 PM
Cheryl Ritchie
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Huntingtown, MD
Southern Maryland 301-980-7566

I  just reset my password and logged on. There are some great classes in your lineup.

Apr 20, 2010 01:20 PM
Real Estate Tomato
Real Estate Tomato - Cottonwood, CA
Real Estate Website Design Done Beautifully

We'll constantly be offering up more and more unique and relevant courses... hang on tight!

Apr 20, 2010 01:25 PM
Elizabeth Bolton
RE/MAX Destiny Real Estate Cambridge, MA - Cambridge, MA
Cambridge MA Realtor

Hi RET ~ Psyched to hear about this! Hoping business slows down I can grab some time to take some of these - they sound super. 


Apr 20, 2010 01:46 PM
John Novak
Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace - Las Vegas, NV
Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate

The Tomato has always provided great content and education in their blogs, webinars, and VREBC. Congrats on the launch of the university!

Apr 20, 2010 06:05 PM
MichelleCherie Carr Crowe .Just Call. 408-252-8900
Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! . DRE #00901962 . Licensed to Sell since 1985 . Altas Realty - San Jose, CA
Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years

Exciting stuff! I presented on How to Blog and use ActiveRain at the first VREBC, so I look forward to being involved with the TU.

Apr 20, 2010 06:58 PM
Kristen Wheatley
Better Homes & Gardens | The Masiello Group - Brunswick, ME
Supporting Success - Best Job in the World!

Looks great.  Registering next.  I look forward to this.

Apr 21, 2010 04:19 AM
William Johnson
Retired - La Jolla, CA

Congratulations Jim, This has been a long term dream and effort. I remember the day which you introduced the idea to me. I expect this will be tremendously successful for all involved. I would be delighted to re-blog this. But first I need to get past the server overload, LOL.

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Apr 27, 2010 02:35 PM
Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL
Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408 - Daytona Beach, FL
Buy Daytona condos for heavenly good prices

Very interesting stuff. Gotta be very useful. Do you have a class for AR to fight the Proxy Servers, which officially are history, but still hunt William? (LOL)

Apr 27, 2010 04:53 PM
Christine McInerney
Great Life RE - Knoxville, TN
The McInerney Team, Knoxville TN Homes For Sale

Sounds very interesting.  Do you have any "sample" or "trial" courses available that I can preview before committing to paying a fee??

Oct 13, 2011 04:26 AM
Real Estate Tomato
Real Estate Tomato - Cottonwood, CA
Real Estate Website Design Done Beautifully

We do a free webainr once a month - but we are a satisfaction guarantee business - so your investment is safe.  Our feedback from these well honed classes has been nothing but stellar, so I can assure you that you will find any class you take on TU to be worth every penny =)

Oct 13, 2011 06:41 AM