Off to Chase The Next Big Storm AR's V.P of Sales and Blog Trainer Signing Off.

Reblogger 1~Judi Barrett
Real Estate Agent with Integrity Real Estate Services 118 SE AVE N, Idabel, OK 74745 141871


It just stinks that Doug and Steven are leaving. 

Is there going to be anyone at Active Rain that I will recognize their name a year from now.. or six months from now?? 

I do wish the best for these two guys because they are two of the best.


Original content by Douglas Ching

bird taking flight on the shore in ZurickIf you ask Jon Washburn he will tell you that he is “not a sales person”, but don’t let this fool you!  What began as an innocent lunch back in 2009 resulted in me leaving my successful business behind to join forces with Jon at ActiveRain. The goal was to find a sustainable revenue model for a company that was on the brink of running out of the capital.

ActiveRain was a robust community at the time with a little over 100k members but very little dependable revenue.  Jon, in my opinion, had two choices: he could clutter every page of AR with advertising, or we could start charging our new members to take advantage of the reputation (SEO) the community had built.  Thus, the Rainmaker concept was born. 

A few months later I began noticing that the agents who were upgrading to RainMaker with the hopes of increasing their online presence didn’t have the training required to make that possible. So I turned to my trusted friend Steven Graham, who within two weeks developed SEO strategies for those members of AR who needed it the most, and turned it into a two hour training class for new members.  This single class evolved into ActiveRain University, led by Steven, which currently has over 10,000 graduates.

This company was Jon’s vision and legacy. ActiveRain is now at over 200,000 members, and in January alone of this year we signed up just shy of 1,000 new paying RainMakers! We were fortunate enough to be asked to join Jon on his journey to accomplish that vision, and we hope his legacy of ActiveRain-- and now DailyTicket-- will continue to grow and thrive. 

Now that Jon’s active role in the network has ended Steven and I have decided to find a new vision.  Changing lives, both within the ActiveRain community and at the ActiveRain corporate offices, is the reason we came to ActiveRain and the reason we stayed. Jon gave us the freedom to create a unique culture here that you couldn’t find anywhere else. The community thrived, as did the employees of ActiveRain. Since the changing of hands, we have grown to miss the creativity and challenges that come with building and maintaining this type of culture.

As of today Steven Graham and I will no longer be employed by ActiveRain. The time has come for us to find a new home. We have been invited to help develop a social media and SEO blogging platform as their V.P of Sales and SEO Blog Trainer. Imagine every tool you could possibly need to succeed online in one tool box. That is epropertys, where we will both continue to do the work we love, and although we’ll miss being part of what goes on behind the scenes at ActiveRain, we’re excited to embark on this new adventure.

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Suzanne McLaughlin
Sabinske & Associates, Inc. (Albertville, St. Michael) - Saint Michael, MN
Sabinske & Associates, Realtor

It is a shame that they are leaving, but I still believe that things are looking up.  We have more communication from the top down than ever.  And, it is still a democracy of sorts to allow the dearly departed their blog posts for those of us who have known them to say goodbye and best wishes.

May 20, 2011 03:34 PM #1
Robert May
Robert W May - Lethbridge Real Estate - Lethbridge, AB
Real estate consulting

Wow, the place has really fallen apart in the past 18 months.  I am thankful for what Activerain has done for me and all I have learned here, but I feel the site is a shell of what it once was.  The morale is gone, its now turned into a big ezinearticles site it seems.  Sad really.

May 20, 2011 03:35 PM #2
Joni Bailey
101 Main St. Realty - Huntsville, TX
Your Huntsville / Lake Livingston Area REALTOR®

I didn't know them.  I've only been on since the last week of July last year. Other than the stability issues, this place is great. It's the people that I interact with that make it for me. (That would be you, Judi!) :))

May 20, 2011 03:43 PM #3
Karen Anne Stone
New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County - Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth Real Estate

Judi, I just hope the parade doesn't continue until there's nobody left.  Every since Market Leader stuck their foot into this... people have been leaving... one after another.  Now these two folks, Doug and Steve, hit those swinging doors.  It doesn't sound good.

May 20, 2011 03:52 PM #4
Larry Bettag
Cherry Creek Mortgage Illinois Residential Mortgage License LMB #0005759 Cherry Creek Mortgage NMLS #: 3001 - Saint Charles, IL
Vice-President of National Production

Blows me away.....I don't like it one bit.  However, I will say that change can be good.  I love JW.  I love his vision.  Let's see how it all goes......However, I don't like it in the sense that I know so little as to what that leaves us with.  Someone needs to come out and re-assure us members!

May 20, 2011 03:54 PM #5
Tony Morganti
RE/MAX Crossroads in Cuyahoga Falls and Stow, Ohio - Cuyahoga Falls, OH
CRS, ABR, SRES - Cuyahoga Falls, Stow

The only constant is change.  We need to stay tuned in to make sure ActiveRain continues to make progress in the right direction.  I am hoping we will be fine.

May 20, 2011 04:36 PM #6
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Judi, when The new CEO announced it I commented on who is next, etc. you should check out his response to me....time will tell....I suspect you are spot on there will be no one you will recognize.

May 20, 2011 05:50 PM #7
Douglas Ching
Kenmore, WA

Judi we thank you warmly for your response, a compliment on being the best does not get thrown everyday.  We work very hard and have great pride in what we do and i'm glad it shows.  We joined AR because we believed in Jon's vision and direction, when that changed we had to evaluate the direction and make our decision.  We look forward to our new position and will maintain our positive energy and attitude.  We love ActiveRain and want it to continue to grow and flourish.  

May 20, 2011 08:43 PM #8
Jim Paulson
Progressive Realty (Boise Idaho) - Boise, ID

Like they said in the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy "Goodbye, so long, and thanks for all the fish"!  It give me the idea for my blog for today:

May 22, 2011 09:16 AM #9
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