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The IVY Podcast


Oct 10, 2017

Real estate holdings are often your largest asset and investment, which means real estate brokers play a strikingly important role in the lives of countless people worldwide — comprising an immensely diverse community of some two million active agents in the U.S. alone.

Robert Reffkin, the Founder and CEO of the real estate startup Compass, is on a mission to empower this massive workforce — and is disrupting the multi-trillion dollar real estate industry in the process. Running on a purpose-driven mission "to help everyone find their place in the world,” the company has raised over $250 million at $1 billion valuation since their launch in 2013.

Reffkin joins The IVY Podcast to discuss his journey to found Compass, drawing on a work background spanning the White House and Wall Street. He also cues us in on the evolution of the industry, how to run a people-focused venture, and the keys to Compass’ growth. Reffkin is joined by Compass agents Howard Spiegelman and Laura Hirschman, experts from the Spiegelman-Rothman Team, which was referred to as one of the “Top Real Estate Teams in NY” by the Wall Street Journal and has garnered over $600 million in closed transactions.