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Have you read the story about calREDD on Inman News?
Here’s the link:

CalREDD rollout behind schedule
‘California MLS’ to push forward in 2010

It appears one of Vendor Alley’s readers has, they sent me this image, anonymously (of course)

In case you can’t read the text it says “calREDD – Bringing a Redundant MLS to California…at a Stately Pace.”

I still think “But we’ll always have Winforms” is funnier!

Cheers!

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I wrote a blog post about a friend of Dan and mine, Mike Banhagel. Mike’s persistence is beginning to pay off. The post received a lot of great comments.

Here’s another story, this time it’s about someone you may already know.

I keep a quote on my wall. The quote is about persistence. It goes like this:

“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan ‘press on’ has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.”
Calvin Coolidge, 30th President of the United States

Many of you know Damon Alton. He’s a long time real estate tech industry vet that has worked for all the major players. Damon recently completed writing a book; it’s called “The 90 Day Contract” – A Dating Solution. The book’s premise is that dating sucks and he has a innovative solution for singles to meet and get to know each other. I’ve read the book and it’s truly an awesome idea! Quick hit of the concept here.

Damon successfully used this method while he was single. He was so successful he eventually got married and dedicated the book to his wife (everyone can now say ahhhhhhhhhhhhh).

Damon sent me a photo of his first shipment of books. What a feeling he must of had seeing them for the first time!

Whoohooo!

Everyone likes to think they can write a book, invent something, start a company, etc. Very rarely does anyone back up those words with actually doing it. Damon did it. Now he’s on his way.

Too bad Oprah is retiring. I can just picture Damon sitting in that chair telling her why people need to stop dating and “get under contract”.

Make it happen Damon! Good luck!!

Support Damon by ordering his new book on Amazon and giving it a good review! Great Christmas gift to give to any single people you may know!! Here’s the link:

“The 90 Day Contract” – A dating solution

To check out Damon’s website, here’s the link:

http://www.The90DayContract.com/

It’s rare when I see an idea that strikes me as so utterly brilliant and clever that I can only stop and stare at my computer screen in awe. But industry vet Troy Rech has done just that, a mashup that has brought together the hive mind that is the RE.net, waiting for your next flight, and an ordinary mobile phone with a camera.

Troy Rech, Father of ACoW

Prepare to waste the next 15 minutes of your life.

Behold….

Airport Carpets of The World!!

Shane McCarthy has left VisualTour and joined RISMedia new “Top 5 in Real Estate“, headed by former President of Realtor.com, Allan Dalton.

Here’s how Allan describes “Top 5”:

“By joining this unique real estate network, you are signaling to consumers that you have earned elite status within your profession. Consumers will take note that membership is reserved for only those North American real estate agents who have satisfied five “consumer-valued criteria.”

I’m not sure what that means. But Shane is definitely on my “Top 5” list of persons for selling software to Realtors.

Good luck and congrats on the new gig Shane!

One of the many weird things last week was how many companies were declared dead or dying. Rob Hahn, aka The Nortorious R.O.B., sure lived up to this moniker, had the largest body count with 3 companies.

Rob’s post last Friday, at the RPR session, declared both eNeighborhoods and OnBoard were dying.

Rob went on later on to declare “the death of RPR” that Saturday. Ouch!

Brian Boero echoed the death theme in a blog post by repeating the often whispered nickname given to the RPR as “The Reaper”.

Others were even declaring the death of MLS! Or that LPS‘ “uber deal” with NAR, was a stab in the heart to First American.

Another interesting story I heard was that C.A.R.’s calREDD initiative was going to be scuttled (remorphed in to something else?) in the next month or so, but this is old news to me.

This doesn’t sound like a NAR conference, it sounds like a Slasher Film!!

I’m not sure I agree with all these dire predictions but one thing is for sure, a lot of blood will be spilled.

It’s official!!

Florida Panthers’ minority partners take helm
Florida will undergo changes in its ownership structure as minority partners Stuart Siegel and Cliff Viner take control.

Win Stu! Win!!!

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I’ve just learned that NAR’s Second Century Ventures (SCV) just made a significant investment in DocuSign.

DocuSign was recently in the news when it just announced a deal with FBS.

It’s been quite awhile since SCV has made any deals. The last deal was ePropertyData (ePD), a provider of commercial information exchange (CIE) services for the commercial real estate industry. That was back in March 2008.

I’ve also heard that they have been adding staff to SCV.
It will be interesting to see what Constance Freedman, Vice President of Strategic Investments of SCV, has up her sleeve next.

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