zillowiconThis Friday is my last day at Zillow. I’ve spent the last 4 years with a fantastic team innovating in the real estate and mortgage industries. It’s been an incredible experience and I’m proud of what we’ve accomplished. So many people go through life hating their jobs, and I can genuinely say I loved (the vast majority of) my job. I’m extremely thankful for that, and frankly, wouldn’t have stayed 4 years if I didn’t enjoy my job. Of course, you’re probably wondering what is prompting me to move on. This was certainly a decision I wrestled with long and hard and did not make lightly.Β There were of course numerous factors that went into my decision, some personal and some professional. At the end of the day, I just needed a change for the sake of change. I’ve traveled extensively both internationally and domestically but have never really “lived” anywhere outside of Seattle. That’s going to change.

Over the past 4 years, I’ve worked with so many fantastic people, both internally and externally, and have built some incredible relationships that extend well beyond business. I’ve learned volumes from colleagues David Gibbons, Spencer Rascoff, Diane Tuman, Liam Lavery, and Amy Bohutinsky (among many others).Β Update: Michael Dougherty and Jeff Somers, both no longer with Zillow, should also be included in that list. Yet with a primarily externally facing job, I’ve learned just as much from those outside the friendly confines of Zillow; individuals such as Mike Price (who by the way needs to get on WordPress), Kris Berg, Jay Thompson, Ines Hegedus-Garcia, Jeff Turner, Eric Stegemann, and Jim Marks. And honestly, please don’t take it wrongly if I didn’t mention you here; if I had to name everyone, the list would go on and on (and on and on) and I’d never finish this post.

What’s next? For the answer to that, all I will say is that traveling internationally is part of my 2010 plans (no surprise there). I will be staying on in a consulting role for Zillow.com. Outside of that I’ve been discussing various opportunities with a number of parties, but will wait until I flesh out those ideas to completion before sharing details.

Thank you to everyone, both at Zillow and externally, for all the wonderful memories and opportunities presented to me over the past 4 years. Everyone has been great to work with, but I have to extend an extra thanks to David for all the guidance he’s given me over the past several years. Thank you to Rich and Lloyd for starting Zillow with the vision to bring transparency to the real estate and mortgage industries. Without them, obviously none of this would have been possible. I’m still confident in the direction the company is headed and it goes without saying that I wish Zillow and all my colleagues there the best of luck going forward, and will do whatever I can to help them succeed.

There is so much more I could say, but I’ve purposely tried to keep this post short in fear of this becoming a novel. I’ll continue to keep people updated with my whereabouts and career plans here and on Twitter. If you have any questions or comments you don’t feel comfortable sharing in the comments, feel free to e-mail me (meyers dot drew at gmail).

It’s been a wild ride; now onto the next chapter in my life…


  • Andrew Mattie

    I’m gonna miss working with ya in the short term, but I’m really excited to see what’s next in this saga!

  • Hey Drew…
    Sorry to hear you’re leaving Zillow but I am excited for you and your new adventure. Best wishes, safe (international) travels… Keep in touch.

  • Drew, Congratulations on your new adventure. I’m sure the only thing you won’t miss about Zillow is the PC.

    Best, Jeff

  • Good luck to you, Drew. You were a real asset to Zillow, and I’m glad we had the opportunity to connect while you were there. Best wishes to you in your upcoming adventures.

    Regards,
    Josh

  • Following your passion can never be a bad thing. Glad to hear that the team at Zillow is allowing you to quietly remove yourself from their operation and still pursue what you desire. Nothing but good fortune for you internationally. FYI: We will be keeping tabs on you through all things social networking.

  • Drew,

    Best of luck to you in whatever adventures lie ahead.

    You contributed to the development of Zillow and helped lots of people along the way, which is something to take pride in.

    Maureen

  • Drew,

    It has been a pleasure to know you and work with you (even though you are a Red Sox fan). We had some great times on the road and BarCamps – I look forward to see where you end up.

    Best,
    Pierre from Trulia

  • Thanks for your kind words Drew. I learned a lot from you and I’m going to miss working with you – big time. I hope to bump into you on your travels; maybe we’ll share a beer in Africa some day. Good luck my friend.

  • Drew,
    My very best wishes for memorable and safe travels. I have enjoyed working with you over the past year. You have been such a wonderful, giving, willing and generous resouce to all of us at CBBain.

    Wherever you land it would be a pleasure to work with you again.

    LA

  • Jason Tan

    You were a rockstar Meyers, leaving big shoes to fill. Looking forward to your next adventure.

  • All the best to your Drew! Please keep us updated on this blog where in the world you are! Look forward to reading about some amazing adventures!

  • Enjoy your new adventure and what ever it may lead you to.

    Let us know what you end up doing

  • Drew,
    I’m proud to call you my friend. I look forward to watching you grow and living vicariously through your travels. You’re one of the good guys Drew. Stay that way. Don’t stray too far away, I may have questions. And yes, the MLB blog needs to go WordPress. One of these days I will find time to get that done.

  • Drew –

    I spent 20+ years in Corporate America, with a significant portion of that in Human Resources. As such, I’ve seen a LOT of, “So long, and thanks for the memories” letters and this is, by far, one of the most open and honest I’ve seen.

    Good on you.

    There is *no question* in my mind that you will be wildly successful in whatever endeavor you chose. You are one of the “good guys”. And I mean that, from the bottom of my heart.

    I’ve enjoyed getting to know you, and I’m confident that our paths will continue to cross. It’s been a pleasure, and I’m honored to call you a friend.

    Rock on, and rock hard.

    JT

  • Drew…you are an absolute class act. I’m honored to know you and have no doubts that you will succeed in whatever you choose to do, because everything you touch turns to gold. GOOD LUCK my friend! You have a home in Miami.

  • OK, apparently my friend Mike Price was composing a comment at the precise moment I was. Mike’s comment wasn’t there when I wrote mine.

    That we said remarkably similar words doesn’t speak toward our incredible mutual intelligence, which is not insignificant ;). It speaks to the incredible character of Drew Meyers….

  • Thank you for for the comments everyone. It truly has been a pleasure working with each and every one of you over the past few years.

    Though I’ll be traveling, I’m certainly not going to become a stranger – I plan to stay in touch via that thing called social media πŸ™‚

  • Can’t wait to see where you land after your travels…

    SMELLS LIKE HARVARD TO ME!

    πŸ™‚

    You will do great wherever you go, you have always done a great job representing Zillow well.

    I suspect your paths will cross often with many of the people you met while you were there — and I consider myself lucky to have gotten to know you.

    Take plenty of pictures on your travels!

    Justin

  • For those that want to follow my travels, please add me on facebook – that’s where I’ll likely post most of my photos – http://www.facebook.com/drewmeyers

  • Drew –

    Best wishes for success on all your new adventures. I’ve really enjoyed reading your insights, and been so impressed with how you share your thoughts and observations. You will do well at whatever you set your mind to, you just have to choose the direction that will work best for you. I think you have contributed a lot of personalization and credibility to Zillow, and I’m sure they will miss you a lot!

    Vicki

  • Drew, I have enjoyed meeting you over the past couple of years and am truly happy for you. Without a doubt, you will do well in whatever you choose.
    Please keep AZ in your travel plans, we would love to have ya’ at another ‘EVFN” very soon! πŸ™‚

  • Drew, as I said on the phone, “I’m excited for you.” Don’t make any quick decisions.

  • Drew, it was a real pleasure knowing you these past 4 yrs. You have been a great source of knowledge for me, and you have been …BY FAR ..the finest moderator of my content on GeekEstateBlog, I have ever had. Your philosophy of allowing your guest writers to be themselves, yet still keep us on the right path, was right on! I will miss having you as my Editor πŸ™‚ I wish you the very best, and look forward to following your adventures…See ya on the other side πŸ™‚

  • Brooke

    Drew. Let’s go international together. I’m going to buy a one-way ticket somewhere if I don’t get into grad school. I’ll keep you posted!

  • Wishing you the best of luck in whatever path you choose. Safe travels.

  • Drew, it’s been a pleasure to work with you over the last couple years. I’m sure you will be wildly successful at what ever you end up doing next. Have fun traveling and keep us updated.

  • Drew – I admire your ability to take a leap like this and it is with complete envy that will watch your travels. I’m certain great things are ahead for you and look forward to hearing about your next adventure…be it work or world exporation! Congrats on this transition.

  • Brooke-
    Would love for you to join the international adventure — keep Ashley and I posted!

  • Coach-
    I’ll still maintain a presence on Geek Estate, so no need to worry — i’ll still lay the hammer down on ya every now and then! Thanks for your contributions over the past couple years.

    Stacey, Justin LaJoie-
    Thank you. I’ll be spending some time down in your next of the woods in February, so we should definitely catch up a bit when I’m down there.

    Laurie, Vicki, Nick — thanks for the kind words. It’s been an awesome run and glad to have gotten to know all of you.

    Justin McHood-
    It’s been fun hanging out with you over the past couple years. Even though I know you won’t admit it publicly, you’re a pretty bright guy and definitely one of the superstars on Mortgages Unzipped!!

  • Ines-
    You rock, and it’s been a pleasure spending time with you at conferences over the past few years. I definitely need to visit you in Miami sometime!!

    Turner-
    I won’t. My comment above stands for you too – would love to see you while I’m down in Southern California in February.

  • I have this strange belief that KARMA is just ones ability to move through life like a human walks in chest deep water… There is only one pace that allows maximum efficiency… Push too hard and you incur resistance..Not hard enough and you impede your forward progress…

    Every once in a while I meet an individual who seems to just organically move through life at exactly life’s pace.. They accomplish with ease what some of us struggle for, and attract people with a magnetic allure… effortless…

    Drew is one of these people. I am honored to consider him amongst my close friends and hope our paths cross and cross and cross as he traverses the globe and life itself…

    We will miss you at Zillow, my brother, but I am confident we will work together some where, some day…

  • Drew: Good luck to you in your future endeavors. I watch with interest as you spread your wings.

    Your #1 fan in TX.

  • Mike-
    Thank you for all you guidance and support over the past few years – you are one of the people in this industry I really respect and your character is top-notch. And don’t worry, I won’t stray too far from the friendly confines of Zillow (at least virtually) and will be happy to help you navigate the Z waters.

  • Drew –

    Good luck, God speed and have fun. Whatever you do, do what you love. The rest falls into place.

  • Drew,
    It has been a ton of fun working with you at Zillow. We wish you all the best, and look forward to continuing to collaborate on things.

    See you around the web.

  • Drew, you’re truly one of the really good guys out there and i can’t wait to hear about your next move. I wish you all the very best and I will stay tuned…

  • Drew: I hate to see you go, but I will say this: With each big decision I’ve ever made, the outcome has always been better than expected with the occasional, “why didn’t I do this sooner?”

    I admire your courage and pursuing your dreams, but most of all, I admire your heart in trying to make the world a better place.

    Have that beer with David in Africa someday and do keep us posted.

  • Drew – Just when I was getting to know you….Hey as many have said congrats on what was probably a difficult decision and even a bigger hoorah for following your heart. You are leaving some good people but I am sure that they will miss you as much if not more. Good luck in your travels and I’m hoping our paths will continue to cross in the time ahead.

  • Drew – it comes as no shock to me that you are taking just another step in “Life’s Great Adventure” and I wish you all the best. I’m excited for you and looking forward to seeing and hearing where your new path takes you. I have really enjoyed working together with you at GEB and know that whatever you do or wherever you go, that you’ll continue to give 110% just as you always have.

    God Speed my friend, and know that my door is always open to you.
    Ciao for now, and 3 cheers to you!!

  • rockinblu

    You read on Zillow all the time on how wrong they are about this and that. Well, does it get any more wrong than what I just read? A page headlined Zillow.com with Drew Meyers contributions as 0.

    http://www.zillow.com/profile/DrewMeyers/

    I’m sorry Drew, but I found that to be hilarious. I have a feeling that number will certainly increase relatively soon, however, we all know it will never rightfully show in anyway your actual contributions. Thanks so much for all the countless hours that you’ve spent helping to keep the Zillow site afloat, and in turn helping an untold number of agents, lenders, buyers, and sellers. With that kind of help in mind, an online high-five from Mrs. Rockinblu and me for helping us to be in the wonderful situation that we are enjoying since selling and moving to Austin. We wish you the best of luck in your travels. I wonder if they have Shiner in Africa. Hmmm……. I think I’ll have one now. πŸ™‚

  • Best wishes moving forward Drew. Thanks for all the support and friendship over the past couple of years with REbarcamps. Your future is a bright one. I’m sure of it!

  • Drew, I’m so glad to know you and I’m so excited for this new chapter in your life. I hope you keep us posted!

  • Drew,
    I’m jumping in late here, but I want to thank you for teaching this old dog lots of new tricks. The single greatest difference in my experience with Expedia vs Zillow is the ascent of the Social MediaSphere and its import relative to creating a brand that matters — one that stands for consumer empowerment. You have been Zillow’s (and my) Yoda on this. I thank you and wish you well. I know we’ll be in touch.
    Rich

  • Drew,

    Good luck with your travels and your adventures. You did a fantastic job at Zillow and helped forge a relationship with the agent and broker community during times when it must have felt like you were paddling against a strong current.

    You are a marvelously talented man with a huge heart. May the wind be at your back always!

    Warmly, Fran
    XOXOXO

  • wow! I am late to the party but want to wish you the best. πŸ™‚

  • Have a great time with you travels! I still really wanna hit up a DMB show with you one of these days. Best of wishes!

    -Luke

  • Best of success to you Drew. When I think Zillow I do think of you and Sara. I’m sure we will be seeing you around. I know you will be successful in whatever you decide to do, enjoy your travels.

  • Hey Drew – congrats on the change! You did a lot of great things at Zillow and you have a very bright future ahead of you. I think you once told me that you had family in Wisconsin. If you make it up this way – be sure to drop us a line. My relatives in Texas consider travel to MN/WI international -=). Best wishes.

  • Amanda Cornelius

    Drew! Good luck to you. I am sure you will do fabulous things where ever you go!

  • Thanks Dave – I certainly will let you know. My family is likely heading to WI this summer, but I’ll be out of the country at that stage so probably won’t make the trip.

    Dave, Missy, Luke, Frances, Teresa, Jim, Rockinblu, Brad, Rhonda, Doug, Brad, Tony, Thomas, Amanda-
    Thank you for the kind words – it’s been great getting to know all of you over the past few years. I’ll definitely keep in touch on my journey!

  • Rich, Spencer, and Diane-
    It’s been a pleasure working with you over the past few years. Thank you for all you’ve taught me.

    Jim-
    I’m humbled by your comment and sent you an e-mail in response.

  • How old are you again? I hope this comes through free of condescension about your age (clearly there should be none)…I just want to point out that few people in retiring years have the amount of collective respect that you have achieved at this point in your relatively early career. The post was gracious and a pleasure to read. The comments were just as enjoyable. Speaks volumes about who you are. The future, and the possibilities for you are endless. I’m excited for you and wish you nothing but the best! Looking forward to seeing you in our neck of the woods!

  • Great working with you Drew! There are few people in the world than can write their own chapter in life especially in this economy.
    Cheers to you my friend.

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