Thousands of people from the real estate, mortgage, title and tech fields descended on San Francisco this week for the Inman News Real Estate Connect event. I arrived Tuesday night and it’s been a blast every day (and night!).
Mike and I came with the goal of meeting some interesting people, learn, and have some fun. Mission accomplished. We’re here until Sunday, but the rest of the trip will be vacation more than work.
Some things I’ll take away from the event-
Some people are much more interesting than you think they might be- like Michael Arrington of TechCrunch who kicked off the event with a rousing presentation of where the industry is heading and some of the challenges it faces.
Redfin’s CEO, Glenn Kelman, is a great speaker- very engaging.
Some of those Canadian guys can party.
The Palace hotel needs to staff up when they host an event.
Before you announce that you have FSBO properties and MLS data on the same map- make sure your local MLS representative is not in the room (apparently we’re not supposed to do that).
Mike, the president of BlueRoof, showed me that if a girl takes you to a club and upon arriving you ignore her and hang out with other girls- she won’t like you very much (go figure).
San Francisco cab drivers can actually defy the laws of physics (and gravity) if there’s an extra $20 in it for them.
Perceived value doesn’t apply to $12 jack-and-coke’s.
The Wasatch Front Regional MLS (Salt Lake City’s) is just as control-hungry as ever.
Re/Max doesn’t have a clue about the internet’s influence on the real estate industry.
I’m leaving this event with some great ideas for BlueRoof and some new friends- what more could I ask for?