posted on Thursday, March 02, 2006

The New World of Buying and Selling Real Estate-- Wed., March 15 -- MIT Enterprise Forum

Forget Tradition!

The New World of Buying and Selling Real Estate 


March 15, 2006 



"Seattle has become a hotbed for online real estate startups," said John Cook, business reporter for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and author of John Cook's Venture Blog.   


Transformation is afoot. Remember how Expedia revolutionized the travel industry? Now companies in our own backyard, including Redfin, HouseValues and Zillow, are offering online technologies that are transforming the real estate industry. From online valuations and lead generation to completing the legal transaction, these companies aim to exploit opportunities in the business of residential real estate. Home buyers, sellers and real estate agents are changing the way that they do business. 


If you are interested in learning more about: 

  • Three HOT Seattle technology companies,
  • The impact of disruptive technologies on residential real estate, or
  • How innovative business models can affect a traditional industry,


then this is a program that you will not want to miss. Please join us for a lively discussion on March 15th. 



Jim Reppond, Real Estate Agent, Coldwell Banker Bain



David Eraker, Founder, Redfin

Spencer Rascoff, CFO, Zillow, Inc.

Nikesh Parekh, VP of Corporate Development, HouseValues, Inc.

Gordon Stephenson, Co-Owner and Managing Broker, Real Property Associates, Inc., Director, Zillow, Inc.


When: Wednesday, March 15, 2006 - 5:30 p.m. - Social hour and registration begin at 5:00 pm. Dinner is served at 6:15 pm. Program starts at 7:00 pm
Where: Hyatt Regency Bellevue Hotel - 900 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue, WA 
HOW:  The Early Bird ticket price is only $40 through March 3, 2006. Starting March 4, 2006 Regular price tickets are $45.  At the door, the ticket price is $50. Reservations may be arranged as follows:  
* Register online at until 5:00 p.m., March 14.
* Phone registrations at (206) 283-9595 accepted until March 14, noon.
* Onsite registrations accepted beginning at 5:00 p.m. March 15th, space permitting.
* VISA, MasterCard and American Express are welcome.
* Companies or individuals may reserve a table of 10.


 About MIT Enterprise Forum of the Northwest
The MIT Enterprise Forum of the Northwest is a volunteer, non-profit organization that gives emerging technology-based companies the opportunity to present their strategies to panels of experts during a series
of public forums. The Seattle chapter of the MIT Enterprise Forum is one of 24 worldwide chapters of the MIT Enterprise Forum, Inc. affiliated with the Alumni Association of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. All events are open to anyone interested in growing or enhancing a business.

In an effort to keep the chapters connected and the volunteers informed, each year Enterprise Forum HQ produces three newsletters with information on Enterprise Forum programs, as well as articles of interest to entrepreneurs and Enterprise Forum members. The latest issue is now available online and can be found at: . You can also visit the archives of past Forum Focus issues with this link.    

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Venture Labs -- Now available on DVD

The popular Venture Lab series is now on video. Here are the available Venture Lab DVDs for Fall of 2005:


    * "Essential Elements of a Successful Business and its Plan" with Tom Huseby. 
    * "Successful Venture Capital Funding Strategies" with Patrick Ennis & Craig Husa. 
    * "An Angel’s Perspective: Early Stage Structure and Financing" with Jim Noack & Robert Seidel. (Approved for CLE credits by the Washington State Bar Association)
    * "The Entrepreneur’s Perspective on Angel Financing: Plan, Present and Negotiate” with Lon McGowan & Henry Lin.


Each Venture Lab DVD is only $25. Call (206) 283-9595 to order yours today! 

Second Annual Washington Technology Summit Set for April 28

You are invited to join the Washington Technology Center at its second annual Washington State Technology Summit on April 28, 2006 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Microsoft Conference Center in Redmond, Washington. This full-day conference and networking event brings together technology leaders from across Washington State to discuss the latest trends, challenges, and opportunities in emerging technology industries. This conference will include general sessions focusing on the future of technology in Washington State, emerging trends, opportunities for partnership, and ways for Washington businesses to capitalize on these trends. There will also be focused discussions on four key industries in our state: Aerospace, Agriculture, Alternative Energy and Software.

Hurry!  WTC is offering a special early bird rate of $100 for the full conference to attendees who register by February 28. After March 1st the fee will be $150. To register or for more information, contact Angie Santo at or visit our website at




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