Redfin on TechCrunch: The First-Time CEO’s Recession-Survival Guide

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Many thanks to Michael Arrington and Erick Schonfeld for publishing an essay this morning on what I’ve learned as a CEO during the downturn. Did anyone notice that the picture of Arnold in “Predator” is strikingly similar to the picture of me?

The premise of the post isn’t that Redfin has found our way out of the woods yet, only that we’ve been in there longer than others; the housing bubble burst a year before the market did. So far, the essay is steadily climbing the del.icio.us charts.

It was originally going to be a top-10 list of tips, but Redfin’s professorial Chris Glew told me that, when interviewing for his first job at Redfin, he had surmised from my blog posts (for DIY PRfinancial modeling and startup hardships) that all of his answers should be in the form of a top-10 list.

So, I made a top-9 list instead.

Thanks to Wes, Sylvia and Marc for giving the post a going-over, and to a loyal blog reader — why can’t I find his comment? — for asking why startups are so conservative, which became the point of departure for this latest effort.

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Glenn is the CEO of Redfin. Prior to joining Redfin, he was a co-founder of Plumtree Software, a Sequoia-backed, publicly traded company that created the enterprise portal software market. Glenn was raised in Seattle and graduated from the University of California, Berkeley. Redfin is a full-service real estate brokerage that uses modern technology to make clients smarter and faster. For more information about working with a Redfin real estate agent to buy or sell a home, visit our Why Redfin page.

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