Redfin CEO Glenn Kelman has made waves within the tech group in latest weeks with a sequence of statements making an attempt to chop via contentious matters like housing and taxation.
Throughout a name with analysts to debate Redfin’s quarterly financials, Kelman sounded off on the nation’s housing market. Then he emerged instead voice in the course of the tense debate over a tax on Seattle large companies, urging the enterprise and tech group to supply options somewhat than simply opposing each new coverage.
Kelman’s civic streak continued throughout a wide-ranging speak on the Expertise Alliance annual luncheon Friday, the place he talked about the necessity to clear up Seattle’s political challenges, lest town flip into San Francisco 2.zero, the place nobody however the highest paid techies can afford to dwell. He additionally delved into Redfin’s previous, current and future.
Kelman additionally has a knack for the off-beat remark. Throughout his Tech Alliance speak, moderated by Seattle tech exec Liz Pearce, chief income officer at Streem Inc., he mentioned household life, the phenomenon of cryptocurrency, Amazon and extra. Right here had been some of the very best moments from the speak:
On Bitcoin: “I’m not enthusiastic about Bitcoin. I believe it’s an outrage that in an period of international warming there are racks of servers subsequent to the Columbia River. I want I might clarify to the salmon that we’ve created a dam producing hydroelectric energy in order that we are able to generate a faux foreign money.”
Shopping for an excessive amount of on Amazon: “You understand how you go to the grocery retailer and suppose ‘all of that is going to turn out to be poop?’ In the identical approach, I see every little thing coming via the entrance door, and I attempt to clarify that our home is of a finite measurement, so an equal quantity needs to be going via the again door. We now have a second recycling bin as a result of of Amazon.”
Leaving your work stress on the door on the finish of the day: “You come house, you’re actually upset about one thing at work, and you’re standing there within the rain and the water is streaming off your helmet and you see this shiny scene within the kitchen with you and your youngsters and simply suppose ‘I can’t F with that. I received to go loopy after I get in there and say how excited I’m to see my youngsters.’ If it was simply me I’d in all probability go get a bag of Doritos and go all the way down to the basement and cry myself to demise.”
The distress of being pushed: “Behind the pushed individual is simply an infinite quantity of distress. You need to be depressing with the established order to wish to change it.”