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I believe that. In fact, I know that. Starting my start-up career at Zillow (see this for some perspective) was a very good and very bad pre-cursor for my entrepreneurial journey over the past few years.

It was great in the fact that I now KNOW building a technology business at massive scale is possible; I’ve seen it done from the inside. Most people seriously question whether building something that reaches millions of consumers is possible, because they haven’t seen it with their own eyes

It was bad in the fact that, prior to starting my own company

I thought start-ups were easy. As an employee at Zillow, sure there were challenges, but from my perspective there was never any real risk the company wouldn’t succeed. That’s why I took a personal loan when I left in 2010 to buy my options; I knew there was basically zero chance I’d end up on the short end of the stick (and I didn’t). Of course, Zillow’s not the average start-up. Most start-ups don’t have $6 million in funding pre-launch, a team of 50+ without having shipped a product, or a founder with a multi billion dollar company that transformed an entire industry under his belt.

They seek product feedback and strategy. They want to know about problems and incentives for agents as well as consumers. They are looking to get a handle at how to gain adoption, traction, and partnerships in this massively complex and wide-reaching industry we operate in.

Many have no prior history in the industry. Others were agents at one time or another. Still others grew up in a real estate family.

I’ve seen 10 years of what has worked, and what hasn’t. When I hear a pitch or play with a product, I tell it how I see it, regardless of whether that’s what the founder wants to hear. Sometimes, it doesn’t validate their strategy.

About the Author

Shane started his journey in the real estate industry as a mortgage specialist in 1995. He has 16 years experience as a REALTOR and another 12 years experience in the mortgage industry. As a seasoned REALTOR with knowledge of the mortgage industry, Shane strives to understand his clients' needs and help them to feel important at every step of the process. With a heart for others, Shane works alongside people around the world to develop their God given talents and abilities. This mental attitude ensures he always puts his clients first. He is married ans has two grown children. Working as a cohesive team, Shane and Lee, formed the MyHome4Good Program as a charitable arm of their real estate business. Through this, they donate a sizable portion* of their real estate commission to a charity of their client’s choice. “All of our clients have a story, something important to them; we help them make a difference in whatever it is. The MyHome4Good Program allows us to understand our clients at a deeper level making a human connection that is so often overlooked in this fastpaced impersonal world we live in today.” Together they love doing “Business As Mission”, giving dedicated service to ensure their clients have an enjoyable process in buying or selling their home. *(As a client using our MyHome4Good program; when you Buy, Sell or Build with us .25% of the entire transaction(s) goes to a charity of your choosing. If you don't have one, we can help someone adopt a child or assist an organization the serves at-risk children in our community and/or around the world. (Buy a $250,000 home * .25% = $625 donated to charity)