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10 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Spencer Rascoff. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Spencer Rascoff, often where they are interviewed.

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10 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Spencer Rascoff. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Spencer Rascoff, often where they are interviewed.

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Spencer Rascoff - Founder at Zillow - Early Network Effects

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After founding Hotwire and Zillow, Spencer Rascoff is back building dot.LA to support the LA tech ecosystem. Spencer reflects on how the Zillow team kickstarted its early network effects and how it differentiated in consumers' minds with the 'Zestimate'. Spencer also shares how he approaches his board work with Zulilly, TripAdvisor and Palantir with a focus on scaling and managing talent. And lastly, Spencer discusses his work building dot.LA and how he's planning to empower entrepreneurs across SoCal.  

Aug 23 2020 · 38mins
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Spencer Rascoff - Founder of dot.LA, Former CEO of Zillow

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Spencer Rascoff and I had a lively conversation about many of the exciting things happening in the LA and Southern California startup community. Spencer has fully immersed himself here and is helping to build it as the next global innovation center, and I couldn't be more excited to have him here! We discussed the many advantages we have here, such as diversity of economy, creativity in abundance, and quality of life that is second to none.

He has done a lot so far in his career. He has co-founded two businesses that became household names, Zillow and Hotwire. And earlier this year he launched his latest company, dot.LA, a media company dedicated to covering and connecting L.A.’s startup world. I also hear he has at least one other new startup he’s developing, which is in stealth mode.

Spencer co-founded Zillow in 2005, had several roles, including CEO for nearly 10 years and took them public. He also led them through 15 acquisitions.  He co-wrote a best-selling book while he was there, and led a company where people loved to work, as they were often awarded for it and their culture. He also co-founded Hotwire.com and we all know that jingle. He and his team sold it to Expedia in 2003.  Prior to that he worked in private equity and investment banking.  He’s lived several lives! 

Spencer relocated back to LA a few years ago, after many years away. I’m excited that he’s back here to share his wealth of experience in building world class and industry shaping technology companies.  When you build a company that gets a single letter ticker symbol, Z, and reaches $10B market cap, people should listen. It will be fun to work with Spencer and the dot.LA team to highlight exciting developments and people here.

May 07 2020 · 37mins

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The Daily Dispatch 41: Spencer Rascoff and Brad Inman

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Every day, Inman founder Brad Inman texts and talks with many of the most important people in the real estate industry. Now, in these unprecedented times, he's making some of those conversations public to share with you, the Inman community. Welcome to Brad Inman's Daily Dispatch.

In this Daily Dispatch, Brad is joined bySpencer Rascoff, co-founder and chairman of With multiple successful startups under his belt, Rascoff speaks to his more than 50 angel investments in startups and how it's a great time to be doing the same thing.

May 05 2020 · 26mins
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The Real Market With Chris Rising - Ep. 41 Spencer Rascoff

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In this episode of The Real Market Podcast, Chris Rising chats with Spencer Rascoff, co-founder of Hotwire, Zillow, and Dot.LA. Spencer talks about his latest venture, Dot.LA, a media site focused on the LA tech community, the role that journalism plays now and in the future, and his view on the economy.

Apr 21 2020 · 38mins

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'Zillions of Pillows' and why culture matters - Spencer Rascoff, co-founder of Zillow Group

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Welcome to Season 2 of Scaling Up! 

My guest on this episode is Spencer Rascoff. 

Spencer looms as a large figure in the US tech scene – twice he has co-founded billion dollar businesses. His first, the travel website HotWire was sold to Expedia, and it was there, he met Rich Barton – the Expedia and Glassdoor founder. Together, with several others, they then set off and co-founded Zillow.

Zillow is now all things real estate in the US – for anyone looking to buy, rent, value a house, or obtain a mortgage, you have significant interaction with Zillow. It is now a US$2.7 b revenue, US$11b market capitalisation business (at the time of recording). Spencer was CEO for 9 years, and is now on the board.

I often find guests who are no longer in the day to day grind makes for a great interviewees, as they have had time to reflect without bias. There was a temptation to go wide in our conversation, but I felt it could have spread Spencer’s wisdom too thinly. Instead I decided to really focus in on a topic that I know is close to his heart as well as mine – the importance and power of people and culture when scaling businesses.  Spencer is a culture evangelist – he has seen first hand how and why culture is a leading indicator of business performance. Importantly to note,  this was not always his belief and it was great to hear how his views have evolved. I also loved his views on managing cultural merges – Zillow did 16 acquisitions in his time  - as well as why employees who he describes as ‘culture carriers’ can adapt to any job inside an organisation.

If you love what you hear – Spencer hosts his own podcasts, among them Office Hours is in my opinion just a mandatory listen.

Plenty of people have got in contact with regards to previous episodes, and the TDM team loves getting feedback. It makes this project worthwhile You can always find me on twitter - @eddiecowan, and TDM is constantly keeping the world up to date with great insights and views as well -  @tdm_growth

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Apr 06 2020 · 40mins
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Spencer Rascoff, Co-Founder and Former CEO of Zillow Group

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MVL's Shauna Causey interviews Spencer Rascoff and he shares the founding story of Zillow, his leadership style, growth mindset, startup life with kids and a glimpse of what's next for Zillow.

Feb 07 2019 · 41mins
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Zillow (Z) Q3 2018 Earnings Call - Spencer Rascoff

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Listen to any earnings call on demand with the Borsa Earnings Call mobile app now on the App Store. Download here: bit.ly/FreeQuarterlyEarningsCalls

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Nov 09 2018 · 1hr
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How Zillow CEO Spencer Rascoff Turned A Real Estate Site Into One Of The World’s Hottest Mobile Apps

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When Spencer Rascoff, the CEO of Zillow Group, watched Steve Jobs reveal that Apple would allow outside apps on the iPhone, he rushed out of his office telling his team they needed to shift their entire strategy to mobile. A few years later, Jobs would show off the Zillow App onstage at the Worldwide Developer Conference. Hear Roscoff’s strategy for turning Zillow into one of the most popular apps around, and learn about the latest trends in the trillion-dollar real estate biz.
Apr 03 2018 · 49mins
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Spencer Rascoff - Always Learning How to Lead

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Spencer Rascoff is on the podcast this week.  He’s an extremely talented entrepreneur who spent the majority of his career creating two big companies.  The first was Hotwire, the first is Hotwire, which he started at the young age of 24.  The second one was Zillow, the place where you go to find a home and figure out how much your neighbor’s home is worth.  Spencer led Zillow through its IPO and 11 acquisitions.  He also managed both of these companies through some pretty dark days, including the latest recession.  He was named one of the 20 most powerful CEO’s under the age of 40 by Forbes and he’s the host of his own podcast “Office Hours.” There he talks shop with other CEO’s like Dick Costolo, formerly of Twitter.  Spencer packs quite a punch in this interview and you are going to get a ton of insight from him. 

We are happy to announce that this week’s episode is brought to you by MasterCard Labs.  Learn how this incredible technology firm is helping companies across the globe reach new potential through innovation and collaboration. 

Jul 19 2016 · 20mins
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Talking Zillow With Spencer Rascoff | #TomFerryShow Episode 4

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Tweet it out: “Connecting with people through video is a major part of any business and marketing strategy” http://ctt.ec/1LCGA

SR: I wrote this book called "Zillow Talk: The New Rules of Real Estate" with Zillow's chief economist, Dan Humphries. What it's all about is mining all this incredible data that we have at Zillow and making it accessible and actionable to consumers.

One of the things that we do in the book is try to debunk a lot of myths. For example remodeling. A very common myth is that you should remodel your kitchen. The data actually says if you want to earn a return, when you sell your home you actually want to remodel a bathroom. In particular, remodel your bathroom at the very low end, because if you do a high-end remodel you just won't get money out the other end. We used a lot of data and a lot of analysis to prove that. It really debunks central myths of the real estate industry.

Another good one is "always buy the worst house on the best street" or "the worst house in the best neighborhood." Everyone has heard that. It's actually terrible advice. We mined the data and looked at the bottom 10% of homes around the entire country. Then looked in each neighborhood, by value, and analyzed that appreciation rate versus the average. It turns out that the worst home in those neighborhoods performs significantly worse than the mid-level or high-end. It kind of makes intuitive sense if you think about it because there just aren't that many buyers for that type of home in that neighborhood. Sometimes it's the worst home for a reason. We try to challenge these central assumptions and replace fiction with fact. That's what the book is all about.

Now I want to make an offer to everyone watching, if you buy a copy of Zillow Talk on http://amazon.com, send me a copy of the receipt to tferry@tomferry.com and I'll send you a PDF copy of our CEO manual. It sells for $300 and is all about utilizing proven systems to organize your business and take it to the next level.

We're out. Thanks so much for watching. Remember, always, strategy matters now more than ever and your passion rules!
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Feb 06 2016 · 9mins