Identifying a need
"We created Zillow in 2006 because it seemed like there was all this incredible information locked up in secret databases, but it wasn't readily available," said Rascoff. "We started with the Zestimate, an idea that there's a valuation on every home in the country, and we should endeavor to produce it on the website. In the last six years, we've added real estate listings, rental listings, mortgages and home improvement data."
Spencer joined Zillow as one if its founding employees in 2005 as Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Marketing and served as its Chief Operating Officer from
through to his promotion to CEO in
, leading the company through its IPO in
. Prior to his role as CEO and Director of Zillow, Spencer co-founded Hotwire.com in 1999, which was later sold to Expedia in 2003. Spencer then became Vice President of Lodging for Expedia, where he ran Expedia's largest and most profitable business line. Before his consumer web career, Spencer was a private equity investor at TPG Capital, and an investment banker at Goldman Sachs, Bear Stearns, and Allen & Company.
National Entrepreneur Of The Year 2013 Services category finalists
In addition to Spencer, the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Services finalists in the US were:
Janice Bryant Howroyd
ACT-1 Group, Inc.
, based in
, President and CEO,
Conifer Health Solutions
, based in
T. Michael Riggs
Jack Cooper Holdings
, based in
Kansas City, Mo.
National Entrepreneur Of The Year 2013 Overall Award winner
was named the
EY National Entrepreneur Of The Year
2013 Overall Award winner.
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the United States
by SAP America and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.
About EY Entrepreneur Of The Year
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