Exciting Changes At ActiveRain

Real Estate Technology with ActiveRain

Our founder and current CEO Jonathan Washburn is moving out of a day-to-day operating role with ActiveRain to focus on his new start-up called DailyTicket. Jon will continue to be actively involved with ActiveRain as an advisor, product champion and significant shareholder in ActiveRain. You can read his thoughts here.

These are mine, having been here with him for the entire ride.......

Jon has been critical to the growth and success of ActiveRain. (That's the company line.......what that really means is his fingerprints are all over this community.)

I can still remember sending out that first batch of invitations to the agents at our real estate company in May of 2006.  It was with baited breath that we watched as a few people signed up each day in the beginning. Five years later we have over 200,000 members and we still relish the chance to have an impact in each new members life and business.

Once people started joining, and they had the ability to blog, we started obsessing over how much traffic we could get to the site. I can remember wondering when we would hit 100 visitors in a single day, then when we would hit 1000. Today we have over 2.5 million people visiting ActiveRain every month......we've come a long way baby, but we're in no way at our goal.

Every step of the way, Jonathan was there to remind me, and us, that "If each of us 'wow' one member every day, we will build a successful business." We didn't even have a revenue model yet!! (how the heck would we pay for this thing?).......but he knew that if we treated our members in a way that showed them we cared, our community would find a place in the industry.

ActiveRain has wildly surpassed our early expectations.  ActiveRain is built upon caring, sharing, and genuine concern for one another. These are traits that Jon instilled in each of us as employees and we see those same traits shared in our community at large, even through our growth. His leadership has been inspiring in so many ways (not to mention his friendship).

I always knew that Jon would turn over the reigns at some point. It's with a heavy heart that we watch him dive head first into his next venture. The guy is a serial entrepeneur (not to be confused with Captain Crunch, he would be a cereal entrepreneur), it's in his DNA to start a new company.

Of course, we wish Jon well in his new venture. While we will miss the day to day interactions with him, his vision for the success of ActiveRain will remain in good hands.

(Speaking of good hands........)

We have been able to attract a new CEO, Nikesh (Niki) Parekh. Niki's experience with scaling technology businesses is a perfect fit for our company at a time where we hope to continue expanding on the foundation that makes ActiveRain great. Niki has worked with ActiveRain in the past serving as a consultant with ActiveRain in 2008 and then again earlier this year in 2011.

His fresh viewpoint is exciting for those of us who have seen our company and our community have such consistent growth the last five years.   Our company will remain dedicated to providing outstanding service to our members and providing a platform to enhance your real estate business.  As always, we look forward to hear any ideas that will help us better serve the needs of our members.

Jon will continue to work closely with Niki in the near future and longer term. Jon will also continue to post here on ActiveRain on his adventures in real estate, the Internet, and with DailyTicket.

~ Bob

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Comments (147)

Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

Wow - big changes!  I hope Jon will have great success with the Daily Ticket, and whatever else he pursues, including the continuation of Activerain!  Thanks for keeping us updated.

Apr 19, 2011 10:38 AM
Jeffry Evans
Temple, TX

I hope to see some new features come in. There are many things I can think of that would really improve the effectiveness of AR.

Apr 19, 2011 05:04 PM
Jayson Hoffer
Jayson Hoffer Insurance Agency Inc. - Tempe, AZ
Mesa AZ 480-948-6115 Home, Auto, Life Insurance

Jon good luck on your next venture, Niki welcome to the Rain. I am so happy I can be a part of AR. I introduce new people almost daily as I see it as a huge way of generating business and helping others!

Apr 19, 2011 05:48 PM
Scott Fogleman
New Home Team 804-573-9592 - Richmond, VA
Greater Good Group

best of Luck to Jon and the continued succes of Active Rain.

Apr 20, 2011 01:44 AM
Lou Farris


Best wishes on the new venture, and have a great time building it with as much quality as AR.

All the best,

"That realtor® Guy in Shorts!" - Lou Farris

Apr 20, 2011 02:50 AM
Vanessa Stalets
RE/MAX Elite - Brentwood, TN
REALTOR, Brentwood TN Homes, Real Estate

Best of luck to Jon in his new endeavor! We are grateful for all he has done and will do~

Apr 20, 2011 03:52 AM
Gene Riemenschneider
Home Point Real Estate - Brentwood, CA
Turning Houses into Homes

I read Jonathan's post too.  It sounds like a good move for all concerned.

Apr 20, 2011 09:50 AM
Paula Burt

Here's wishing Jon well, and I'm looking forward to seeing what The Daily Ticket is all about!

Apr 20, 2011 01:43 PM
Eugene Adan
Adan Properties, Carlsbad, CA (760) 720-9710 - Carlsbad, CA
Carlsbad Real Estate

Good on you Jonathan.  Niki has the reigns!

Apr 20, 2011 05:44 PM
Eugene Adan
Adan Properties, Carlsbad, CA (760) 720-9710 - Carlsbad, CA
Carlsbad Real Estate

Good on you Jonathan.  Niki has the reigns!

Apr 20, 2011 05:45 PM
Eugene Adan
Adan Properties, Carlsbad, CA (760) 720-9710 - Carlsbad, CA
Carlsbad Real Estate

Good on you Jonathan.  Niki has the reigns!

Apr 20, 2011 05:45 PM
Robert Courtney
Lihue, HI
Century 21 All Islands, RA, CDPE, MCRE, CIAS

Will keep an eye on Jon's new venture.  Best Wishes to him.

Apr 21, 2011 03:01 PM
Joan Valverde
HomeSmart - Colorado Springs, CO
GRI,CDPE,CNE,MRP,SRES Colo Sprgs, Blk Forest, Monu

Bob thanks for the update on the changes .... we the people, never like change BUT we know we will survive.  Best to Jon on his new venture.  I will re-blog this for others whom may have missed this information.  Happy Easter to you!

Apr 23, 2011 01:42 PM
Ruth Vogt
Fairway Independent Mortgage, LLS. Equal Housing Opportunity. Regulated by the Division of Real Estate. - Colorado Springs, CO
719-592-0855 Apply 24/7 www.ColoradoHomeLender.com

Bob, I echo Joan's comments. Hate change, but understand. Best wishes for Jon. Welcome Niki.

Apr 24, 2011 09:10 AM
Susan Jackson
America's Network Realty Group, Inc - Sandy Springs, GA

Best wishes Jon.  thanks for all your hard work at Actierain

Apr 25, 2011 01:29 PM
Pam Dent
Gayle Harvey Real Estate, Inc. - Charlottesville, VA
REALTORĀ® - Charlottesville Virginia Homes / Horse

All my best wishes to Jon in your new endeavor.  I'm sure it will be a great success.  And many thanks to everything you have done to make Active Rain what it is today.  I can't begin to express how much it adds to my life both personal and professionally.  And finally a warm welcome to Niki.

Apr 28, 2011 07:46 AM
Jim Hale
Eugene Oregon's Best Home Search Website

Jon -

Why don't you just forget all about this new start up and simply change the name of ActiveRAIN to be DailyTICKET?

After all, AR has been our daily ticket for so many for so long.   ;-)


Hope you do well!

Apr 30, 2011 06:33 PM
Monica Carosi
New York, NY

Best of luck to his future venture, I guess he will keep being source of inspiration for us.

May 04, 2011 12:44 AM
"The Lovely Wife" (Broker Bryantnulls Wife) The One And Only TLW.
President-Tutas Towne Realty, Inc. - Kissimmee, FL


Don't fall off your chair or anything, but, words fail me right now.


May 11, 2011 09:33 AM

Congratulations to Jon on his new endeavors.  I am sure that anything he touches will turn to GOLD!  Now I'll have to check out his "DailyTicket"....

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