Recently, Anywhere Real Estate publicly announced my appointment as Chief Product Officer. While Anywhere is not a household name, the brands in the Anywhere family— Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate, Century 21, Coldwell Banker, Corcoran, ERA, and Sotheby’s International Realty—are THE household names, having touched millions of families for over 100 years. I am honored and humbled to accept this appointment.
My career has been deep in tech. I have worked at companies where we’ve developed cutting-edge technologies — like Microsoft, Qualcomm, VMware, SAP, and several others — that are used by millions, and sometimes billons, everyday. I’m super excited to bring that experience to Anywhere to further the mission of using technology to make people’s lives better.
Challenges Are Opportunities
It’s been nearly 15 years since the last recession. That means the typical 37 year old likely has never experienced an economic downturn since they’ve been of working age. But for those of us who have been through it, we know how perceptions can change overtime. I remember when a 7% interest rate sounded amazing!
Despite the uncertainty, it’s important to remember that often housing leads the market in a recovery. More importantly, market downturns are external forces that filter the strong from the weak. Companies built on flawed products, services, or business models will face more headwinds. It is also during this time when organizations must be prepared for the next phase of growth. Let’s not forget another major event that occurred 15 years ago — the iPhone launch. The first few years of its existence saw unbelievable growth in a very challenged economic market and has since transformed the very definition of “personal computing”.
The Future Looks Bright for Anywhere… and Everywhere
Get ready.. we are accelerating big plans.
To our unparalleled network of brokers and affiliated agents, I want you to know that Anywhere leadership understands—better than anyone—all the challenges and opportunities ahead. We will address them so that you can unlock the market potential that is ahead. Going forward, you can look forward to:
- A stronger focus on advanced analytics and AI and next-gen human interfaces (eg. AR/VR)
- Empowering our consumers and affiliated agents with knowledge and insights
- Delightfully simple and efficient digital interfaces
- Uncompromising focus on delivering great customer value and experience
To our tech team: let’s get ready to break the glass and accelerate! I am committed to hiring top talent. So if you have recently been impacted by the evolving market, I want you to consider joining our team.
Finally, for Prop Tech leaders out there breaking new ground and doing amazing things—let’s chat! I KNOW you can benefit from our size, scale, and influence in the industry, and beyond. We are always looking for strategic partnerships that will deliver amazing solutions to consumers. We want to hear from you!
Thanks to everyone at Anywhere for the warm welcome. It’s going to be a dynamic time, and I look forward to raising the bar with you.