The company where I work, Redfin, understands the impulse to build a platform-technology company outside of Silicon Valley. We are real estate brokers, with technology used by 10+ million people each month looking to move. And the simplest trend we see in American life is that Silicon Valley is no longer just the place talented people move to; it’s the place those people are moving from.
Today Redfin launched Shared Search, a feature that makes it easy for people who are shopping for a home together to save, share and comment on their favorite homes.
Holy moly! Redfin just bought Walk Score, an online service started to score homes based on their walking distance from restaurants, groceries and bars. The acquisition is Redfin’s first and the reason for it is simple: We want to give folks a complete portrait of what it would be like to live somewhere new, within the house and in the surrounding neighborhood.
There are probably hundreds of people with Bill Gates’ talent all over the world today who won’t get what Gates got at an early age, access to a computer, and the educational foundation to master it. That’s changing, and it can’t change soon enough.