Spencer Rascoff

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Spencer Rascoff (born October 24, 1975) is the CEO of Zillow Group and oversees the company’s portfolio of real estate and home-related brands, including consumer brands Zillow, Trulia, StreetEasy, HotPads and Naked Apartments. Spencer helped start Zillow in 2005, and served various roles including chief operating officer, until his appointment to CEO in 2010. Since becoming CEO, Rascoff has led Zillow through its 2011 IPO and 13 acquisitions. In 2015, he co-wrote and published his first book, the New York Times’ Best Seller “Zillow Talk: Rewriting the Rules of Real Estate.” Rascoff is also the host of “Office Hours,” a monthly podcast featuring candid conversations between prominent executives on leadership and management topics.

Before joining Zillow, Rascoff was vice president of lodging for Expedia. In 1999, at the age of 24, Rascoff co-founded Hotwire.com, a leading Internet travel company, which a few years later he sold to InterActiveCorp (the parent company of Expedia). In 2017, Spencer was named "The Most Powerful Person in Residential Real Estate" by the Swanepoel Power 200.[1] Spencer was also awarded Glassdoor’s Highest Rated CEO recognition for 2017.[2] He was named one of America’s 20 Most Powerful CEOs 40 and Under by Forbes magazine in 2012[3] and 2013[4] and was the recipient of Ernst & Young’s National Entrepreneur of the Year 2013 Services Award.[5]

Rascoff grew up in New York and then Los Angeles, where he attended Harvard-Westlake. He received his A.B. from Harvard University before working as a private equity investor at TPG Capital and as an investment banker at Goldman Sachs, Bear Stearns, and Allen & Company.

Rascoff is on the board of directors of TripAdvisor. He is also a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Stiles, Marc (Jan 9, 2017). "Report names Zillow CEO the most powerful person in real estate". Puget Sound Business Journal. 
  2. ^ "Highest Rated CEOs". Glassdoor. 
  3. ^ Smith, Jacquelyn. "America's 20 Most Powerful CEOs 40 and Under". Retrieved 27 January 2014. 
  4. ^ Smith, Jacquelyn. "America's Most Powerful CEOs 40 And Under". Retrieved 27 January 2014. 
  5. ^ "2013 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year". Retrieved 27 January 2014.