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SP2018 Trendsetters


In addition to the 2018 SP200 Main List, we also identify leaders in a few unique groups. For this group, Trendsetters, we acknowledge innovators, dealmakers, and movers-and-shakers who made a noteworthy impact over the last year.

Zvi Band
Co-Founder and CEO
Contactually

Band leads Contactually, the popular and growing real estate customer relationship management company based in Washington, D.C. The firm has received more than $17.8 million in funding since its inception in 2011.

Amy Bayer
Co-CEO/Owner
PorchLight Real Estate Group

Bayer leads PorchLight Real Estate Group, and elite group of more than 150 agents and has more than $800 million in annual sales. Bayer received the award for 2016 Outstanding Woman in Business from the Denver Business Journal.

John Berkowitz
Co-Founder and CEO
OJO Labs

Berkowitz leads OJO Labs, the tech startup that received $5.8 million in Series A funding in 2016 and has seen nearly 90 percent growth in the past year. OJO Labs provides an AI real estate assistant "bot."

Sean Black
CEO
Knock.com

Black leads Knock, a home trade-in platform that lets you instantly sell or trade in your house for fair market price. Black has raised $32.5 million from several investors including RRE Ventures, Redpoint and Greycroft.

Jordan Connett
Co-Founder and CEO
Redefy

Connett leads Redefy, a technology platform serving home buyers and sellers. The company, which offers consumers a way to sell homes without paying listing commissions, charges a flat fee of $3,000 per home.

Mark Dickson
Founder and CEO
Offrs.com

Dickson leveraged his background in commercial real estate to develop Offrs, an online lead-generation platform that leverages predictive analytics to generate leads for over 5,000 real estate agents across the United States.

Eric Eckardt
US CEO
Purplebricks

Eckhardt is the CEO of U.S. operations for this flat-fee brokerage company. Purplebricks was founded in 2012, launched in 2014, went public in December 2015, expanded to Australia in 2016 and entered the United States in California in 2017.

Michael Glazer
Co-Founder and CEO
Back at You Media

Glazer is co-founder of Back At You Media, an online lead-generation and marketing tools platform that has been recognized as one of the top technology innovators by NAR. It is a member of NAR's REach Accelerator class.

Ernie Graham
CEO
Homebot

Graham co-founded Homebot, a client retention tool designed for mortgage lenders and real estate agents. Based in Denver, Colorado, it received $4.5 million in funding in a seed round in October 2017. Graham is also the founder of SocialBios and served as Senior Director of Product Development at Move Inc.

David Greenberg
CEO
Updater

Greenberg leads Updater, a fast-growing technology business in the U.S. relocation market. The company has raised nearly $100 million and is backed by several investors including Fidelity International, SoftBank Capital and Second Century Ventures.

Joshua Harley
CEO
Fathom Realty

Harley founded North Carolina-based agent flat-fee brokerage Fathom Realty in 2010, and it has since taken off. The company nearly quadrupled sales volume to $1.8 billion between 2013 and 2016 and today has 1,200 agents operating in 18 states -- but with no brick-and-mortar offices.

Brian Bair & Jerry Coleman
Co-founders
Offerpad

Bair, alongside his co-founder Colemen, created Offerpad in 2015. Similar to but smaller than high pro- file Opendoor, the company has raised more than $30 million in funding and $230 million in debt financing. It now operates in eight markets.

Sissy Lappin
Co-Founder
Listing Door

Lappin is a broker/owner in the Houston area and has written the best-selling book "Simple and Sold." She co-founded Listingdoor in 2014 with her partner Mark Lappin to help simplify the for sale by owner process.

Bo Menkiti
Founder and CEO
Menkiti Group and Keller Williams Capital Properties

Menkiti is the Founder and CEO of The Menkiti Group, which owns and operates Keller Williams Capital Properties. The brokerage has over 900 agents, with $2.2 Billion in annual sales across seven offices in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.

Ben Rubenstein
Founder and CEO
Opcity

Rubenstein is the founder of Opcity, an online platform that connects real estate agents and mortgage loan officers to live leads. Opcity received $27 million in Series A funding in May 2017.

Mike Schneider
Co-Founder and CEO
First

Schneider is the CEO of First, a software platform that uses predictive analytics to discover when and why real estate consumers transact. Schneider and First were a finalist at Realogy's FWD 2016 pitch competition.

Jeremy Sicklick
Co-founder and CEO
Housecanary

As co-founder and CEO of HouseCanary, Sicklick drives the company's strategy and growth. HouseCarnary ties together property data, machine learning and predictive analytics. It completed three funding rounds in 2017 totaling $64 million.

Ned Stringham
CEO
Inside Real Estate

Stringham leads Inside Real Estate, an integrated lead- generation and CRM platform. Under his leadership, Inside Real Estate merged with Kunversion at the end of 2016. Stringham is also the operating partner of NexPhase Capital and principal owner of 42 Ventures.

David Tal
Co-Founder and CEO
Agentology.com

Tal leads Agentology, an online platform that integrates with CRMs and helps screen cold leads. The company has seen steady growth since its founding in 2015 and now has more than 50 employees.

Charles Williams
Chief Executive Officer
Buyside

Williams leads Buyside, a real estate analytics company that provides brokerages, agents and MLSs with buyer data. It centralizes anonymous buyer and renter data in a searchable database.


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