Twilio launches Flex, a fully programmable contact center

Earlier this year we reported that Twilio was going to launch a full contact center solution called Flex on March 12 — lo and behold, today is March 12 and Twilio today announced the launch of F

SoftBank leads a $120 million round for insurance startup Lemonade

SoftBank's Vision Fund has finally made a good tech investment around real estate. After investing $4.4 billion in what is essentially a bespoke office space rental business (WeWork) and another $450

VC doors are wide open for real estate startups

Over the last couple of decades, online streaming, shopping and social networking startups have revolutionized the art of sitting around the house. Now, a new generation of internet entrepreneurs is f

Real estate site Redfin up 11% on stock market day two

Redfin, the Seattle-based real estate site, had a great first couple days on the stock market. After pricing above the expected range at $15 per share, the stock closed Friday up about 45% at almost $

Hutch, the virtual interior design app, has raised $10M from Zillow

Hutch, the interior design app that takes a photo of your room and virtually redecorates it, has raised $10 million in funding from real estate platform Zillow. Zillow's CEO Spencer Rascoff will also

Zillow and McMansion Hell bury the hatchet after nastygram rouses internet’s ire

All is well in McMansion Hell, the blog doing god's work by sassing the hideous architecture on display in our otherwise pleasant suburbs. Zillow sent a letter earlier this week threatening legal acti

Apartment List raises $30 million to find you a home

There’s no shortage of competition in the housing space, but Apartment List is making a dent in rentals. With more than 5 percent of America’s listings already on the site, the startup is raising

Resolving homelessness in the digital era 

The explosion of tech companies setting up headquarters in major cities has encroached on the homeless population. Like San Francisco, the tech industry is growing rapidly in Seattle, and we too have

Zillow Adds Video Walkthroughs To Its For-Sale Listings

Online real estate listings have undoubtedly changed how people search for houses. Never before, after all, did buyers have this much information available. But while most real estate agents are now s

Zillow Gets Naked

Online real estate site Zillow today announced that it has acquired Naked Apartments for $13 million in cash. While the name makes it sound like some kind of kinky cleaning service, it's actually an a

Zillow Launches New Home-Pricing Tool For Sellers

Online real estate site Zillow is launching a new home-price estimate tool today that allows users to create a custom and private estimate for their homes based on recently sold homes and comparable

Redfin Launches Automated Home Price Estimates

Redfin.com today launched the latest iteration of its home-price estimate tool. Until today, you had to play real estate agent and pick your own comparables and Redfin would then use these to compute

Google Launches Mortgage Shopping Tool In California, More States Coming Soon

Google is now a licensed mortgage broker in California. The company today launched a mortgage comparison tool for home shoppers in California, with support for more states coming soon. Today's announc

Zillow Acquires DotLoop, An E-Signing Service For Real Estate Agents

Online real estate service Zillow today announced that it has acquired DotLoop, a service that aims to simplify the complex process of buying and selling real estate by taking much of the document sha

Is Seattle Silicon Valley’s Next Favorite Stop?

In the last ten years, the Seattle tech scene has changed quite dramatically. In the 1990s and early 2000s, the only gigantic software companies in town were Microsoft and Amazon. For a time it even b

Zillow Launches Agent Finder To Help You Find The Best Realtor In Your Area

While Zillow is primarily a site for browsing real estate listings, it’s also a referral service for real estate agents. Today, the company is launching its new Agent Finder, an updated tool for

Zillow’s Home Price Estimates Now Reflect Edits Immediately

Zillow now makes it easier for homeowners to edit facts about their homes and have those changes immediately reflected in its price estimates. Zillow’s so-called Zestimates are one of the key fe

Zillow Closes Trulia Acquisition, Cuts 350 Positions

As expected, Zillow today closed the acquisition of its competitor Trulia in a stock-for-stock transaction. The total price of the acquisition was $2.5 billion. When Zillow first announced its intenti

Zillow Reports Record Q4 Earnings, Will Complete Trulia Acquisition Next Week

Zillow today announced record earnings with revenue of $92.3 million -- up 58 percent year-over-year, for a non-GAAP EPS of $0.24. Basic and diluted GAAP EPS came in at a loss of $0.27 per share, most

Zillow Expands Its Mortgage Services With Mobile Pre-Approvals

Unless you are buying a house in cash, you pretty much have to have a mortgage pre-approval letter from your bank before you even start house hunting. That’s typically something you would go to
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