June 2008

A lot of talk on the web about today being Bill Gates’ last day at Microsoft. Here are some of my favorites.

Bill Gates and the Greatest Tech Hack Ever

My First BillG Review


And here’s my Bill Gates story.
My Dad made me take typing lessons. It was around 8th grade and I didn’t want to, because I thought typing was for girls. But as the saying goes Father knows best. Looking back now I can see that learning to type sparked my interest in computers and writing.

My Dad then bought me a computer from Radio Shack. The first time I was ever aware of Microsoft was teaching myself how to program in BASIC. One advantage I had was I knew how to type! I had a Microsoft BASIC manual that I would spend hours looking up ways to make my programs do what I wanted them to do. This was around 1983-84, and I was a Junior in High School.

I would read anything I could about him and Microsoft. I was, and still am, a big geek about the history of personal computers. To this day I sign my email’s with “gr” because I read somewhere that Bill Gates used to sign his email’s with “bg”.

The world is better place because of Microsoft. And the great part is that Bill is going to give it all back to try to make the world an even better place.

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Word on the street is that 2 people have left FNRES.

Scott Hoen, an EVP/Division Manager, and Marty Reed the VP of Product Management for the MLS division.

I don’t know if this is clever, stupid or MRIS has simply jumped the shark.

You decide.

The Story of Mr. Is

Beware you evil interlopers!

I was catching up on my Google Reader and can’t believe I past this one up from earlier this month. I don’t care if it’s the second post in a row about 1000Watt. All I can say is I’m smelling what these guys are cooking.

It’s an interview Marc does with John Vatistas discussing the merger of Equitable Sotheby’s International of Phoenix and Russ Lyon Realty Company. John hits upon a point I’ve made before about the current real estate market.

Marc: A dead market can certainly have that effect.

Vatistas: A couple of thoughts on this: The market had no bearing on the deal for me. If it was an amazing market or a terrible market, the deal makes perfect sense on so many levels. However, it’s basic real estate sense. When the market is down, buy. Increase market share. Combine personnel and reduce costs. Upgrade everything and everyone you can. Be poised to be the leader. Our competition is looking at us. Meanwhile we are looking directly ahead with blinders on.

Me: It’s about striking when the iron is cold.

Vatistas: Yes. And being more ready than everyone else when it heats back up. We are already knee deep in the process as I say this. The synergies are simply staggering. We have many offices close to each other that are being merged. The cost structure drops dramatically as a result of combining back offices. The agent pool is head and shoulders above the competition. We combined our management teams and really use their specific talents. ”

Read the whole story here:

1000Watt Blog- Striking while the iron is cold: An interview

Everyone should check out 1000Watt’s Blog. I like Marc’s prose and his infusion of pop in to the world of real estate.

You’ll never guess what Marc’s post focuses on…the value of Vendors.

1000Watt Blog: Bedrock

Hey, that’s right up our alley!


Linda at FAR asked us to post this…


Real Estate Industry Solutions (REIS), a wholly owned subsidiary of the Florida Association of Realtors, has two positions available.

Marketing Director
Strategic thinker with superior understanding of technology product management and marketing strategies. Strong team player, consensus builder, project manager. Must have familiarity w/real estate industry and technology. Exceptional written/oral communicator. Superior interpersonal, presentation and customer relationship skills. 7-10 yrs applicable experience in mktg, communications and/or high-tech companies/products. BA or MBA, req’d. Some travel. Cover ltr, resume and salary hist to jobs at far dot org. EOE.

Sales Manager
Self motivated, high energy, team player to conduct sales and training activities supporting real estate industry products and services, especially technology products. Superior interpersonal, presentation and customer relationship skills. Must have exp w/real estate industry and technology. Must have proven sales, training exp. Exceptional communicator. Valid driver’s license and frequent travel req’d. Cover ltr, resume and salary hist to jobs at far dot org. EOE.

Tell ’em you heard about it on VendorAlley! : )