Saying goodbye to the best job in the world

Real Estate Agent

I love ActiveRain and am overwhelmed with bittersweet feelings as I write this post.  ActiveRain's core mission means so much to me.  The Community, this amazingly rare group of people have far surpassed any vision I could ever dream.  I have experienced true emotion from every part of the spectrum throughout my tenure and it's all with thanks to you.  It is not an overstatement when I say this was the best job in the world.

However, the core of who I am is a startup entrepreneur and it's my passion and purpose to create new companies with the hopes of changing the world for the better. 

With this purpose in mind, today I am announcing that I am moving out of my leadership role with ActiveRain and will be focusing on my new start-up DailyTicket.  I will continue to be an ActiveRain champion, evangelist, advisor and significant shareholder.


ActiveRain is a thriving community of like minded real estate professionals and a learning organization that has blessed the entire real estate industry. My initial vision for this community has been realized and it is now time for me to hand over leadership to someone with the expectation that they will continue to shepherd and uphold the values that are the foundation of our community and become the champion for a greater vision for what ActiveRain can become. The CEO selected to lead ActiveRain through this next phase is Nikesh (Niki) Parekh; he has a long history of scaling fast growing technology start-ups and worked with ActiveRain as a consultant in 2008 and earlier this year. 


I will continue to work with Niki as he learns about the culture of our community, and I plan to continue to share with everyone about my experiences and challenges associated with launching a new business.


Being a part of this community since the beginning has been an experience of a lifetime. I wish to thank everyone who has supported the mission and the vision of ActiveRain. 


Comments (234)

Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

Best of luck to you, Jon with your new start up!

I am sure you will make whatever you do as successful as AR!

Bless and bliss!



Apr 24, 2012 02:42 AM
Bill Jones
Discovery Real Estate Ltd. - "Homes By Jones" - Airdrie, AB
Realtor (403-701-1739) Airdrie & Calgary Area Homes and Condos
It's been a year now, hope your entrepreneurial endeavors are going well Bill
Apr 29, 2012 02:20 AM
Laura Murray
Weichert - Silver Spring, MD
Search Montgomery Co., MD for homes

Don't know why I am just now seeing this post.  But I assume that your message means that Activerain has grown so much that it is in a different business phase.

Jul 02, 2012 02:20 PM
Mike Young, covering the USA - Stallings, NC
FHA 203k Consultant 916-758-1809

To everything in it's own time. Daily Ticket sounds like a noble task, and we all know you will do well at it.

Jul 22, 2012 08:30 AM
Hillary Sheperd
Servpro of Scarsdale / Mount Vernon - Scarsdale, NY
Co-Owner ~ Servpro of Scarsdale / Mount Vernon, NY

Joh...wish ya' luck as well and am a happy Rainmaker camper too, from the outside.  Welcome to this fresh hell of small biz ownership and startup capital headaches.  If you run into non line-of credit funding for yours, let me know.  Tried to jump to your link, but no go today...put me on your list and super good luck!

Aug 01, 2012 03:22 AM
Pat & Steve Pribisko
Keller Williams Greater Cleveland West - Westlake, OH

Good luck!

Aug 11, 2012 12:28 AM
Laura Murray
Weichert - Silver Spring, MD
Search Montgomery Co., MD for homes

Hope life post Activerain is going well.  Drop by and give us an update on how things are going and how Activerain helped prepare you for your new challenge.

Aug 12, 2012 03:01 AM
Bob Jakowinicz
National Realty Centers Livonia--Bob Jakowinicz - Livonia, MI
Michigan Real Estate Agent-- MI Real Adventures

Hope things are going well! When you have time, we'd like to hear how your doing!

Sep 05, 2012 02:32 AM
Pat & Steve Pribisko
Keller Williams Greater Cleveland West - Westlake, OH

Jon, congrats on your career at ActiveRain and good luck with your next venture.

Nov 01, 2012 11:50 AM
Cooper Jacobs
Looking For A Seattle Realtor? COOPERJACOBS.COM - Seattle, WA
Real Estate Brokers - Seattle

Wonderful to know that another 'great idea' is being developed by an extremely talented person. Thank you Jon!

Nov 18, 2012 06:15 AM
Rich Jacobson
Fathom Realty West Sound - Poulsbo, WA
Your Kitsap County WA Real Estate Broker

Thinking of you, Jon. Hope you're doing well. Have a very Merry Christmas!....

Dec 08, 2012 03:54 PM
Potranco Realty
Potranco Realty - San Antonio, TX
"Sold with Potranco Realty"
Jon, first of all thank you for helping develope ActiveRain for our success in our many industry's. I don't personally know you but I wish you much success and hope to continue to follow you on activerain in the future. Niki has big shoes to fill, we wish you both happiness and blessing. Congratulations Good Stuff and best wishes Bob
Dec 08, 2012 07:21 PM
CA COASTAL ESTATES Lauren Selinsky Perez CRS
California Coastal Estates - Aliso Viejo, CA
"Your Real Estate Broker" #oclauren

What an inspiration. Best wishes!

Dec 12, 2012 03:46 PM
Brad Andersohn
Retired Executive Director of Education at eXp - Boulder Creek, CA
ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876

Sure miss having you around Jon, but I'm truly grateful and treasure the memories. :)

Happy New Year Bro~

Jan 09, 2013 12:06 AM
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
Thank you for sharing your heartfelt comments about this journey.
Jan 16, 2013 04:01 PM
Chris and Dick Dovorany
Homes for Sale in Naples, Bonita Springs and Estero, Florida - Naples, FL
Broker/Associate at Premiere Plus Realty

Good luck and best wishes.  I had a horrible customer today so I'm more than a little jealous.

Jan 25, 2013 06:09 AM
Chad and Sandy Neumann
Chad and Sandy Real Estate Group - Jacksonville, FL
Jacksonville Realtor (904-414-6200)

How's the business venture going??

Just saw your 'good-bye' post today

(and realized that was last year)

but would love to hear an update!!


I'm a sucker for entrepreneurial success stories...

Mar 15, 2013 10:30 AM
Cindy Crutcher
Lawrenceburg KY Foreclosures & Government Owned Properties - Lawrenceburg, KY
Real Estate Broker - Exit Realty Crutcher Lawrenceburg KY

Best of luck on your new ventures!  You will do great what every you do!  Thanks for your contributions to Active Rain!

Aug 03, 2013 09:44 AM
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

Hi Jon, I don't know you very well, since I started AR in 2009, but I have heard of all the great things you have done, and will continue to due in your absense.  Thank you

Aug 31, 2013 12:29 PM
Marina Sarabia & Kathleen Costanzo
Keller Williams Realty Professionals - Fort Lauderdale, FL
954-914-8060 ~ 954-914-8056 ~ We Sell Broward !!!

As long as one is doing what they want to do--they are an automatic success in life.

Jan 04, 2016 09:22 PM