John Kobs is the CEO and a Co-Founder of ApartmentList.com which is the largest online apartment search engine. It aggregates millions of apartment listings into one map-based interface, saving renters time in the search for their next home.
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Apartmentlist won the 2012 Webby for Best Real Estate Site (People’s Voice). In June 2012, Multi Family Executive reported that ApartmentList.com had surpassed the 500,000 users/month mark. In August 2013, Inc. Magazine named Apartment List as the #108th fastest growing company in America
What will you learn in this interview?
-How do you get unbelievable list of advisors
-What did they do in one of his pitches that worked so well.
-How do you find mentors to help you?
John Kobs played football and ran indoor and outdoor track for the CWRU Spartans. One of his favorite 80’s show is Knight Rider.
Business Mentors, Tools, Books mentioned:
unbelievable list of advisors:
Scott Ingram, founded Rent.com and sold it for $450M
Simon Rothman, founded eBay Motors and built it into a $12BN marketplace
Lee Linden, founded the mobile app Karma and sold it to Facebook (he runs Facebook Gifts)
Brad Stroh, founded Bills.com
the app sunrise
optimizely , Dan Siroker
A little background:
John D. Kobs was raised at Granger Township Ohio. Kobs graduated from Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) in Cleveland, OH in 2003, earning a bachelor of science in Business Management with a concentration in Finance. He was a Spartan football player from 2000 to 2001 and was awarded the John Anderson award for most valuable underclassman in 2000. From 2003 to 2005, Kobs worked as an investment banking analyst for KeyBanc Capital Markets in its Equity Services group.
He is the CEO and co-founder of Apartmentlist.com, world’s fastest-growing apartment search engine that is reinventing the rental marketplace on a foundation of trust and transparency. John Kobs is also the chairman of the board and co-founder of Chat Sports Inc from 2011 to present. On 2008, he left TICC Capital which focused on technology investing to start his own business. He also worked as an investment banker at Thomas Weisel Partners in 2005 to 2006. He graduated with a degree in business management from Case Western Reserve University.
ApartmentList.com is the largest online apartment search engine. It is a collection millions of apartment listings from hundreds of sources around the web into one map-based interface, helping renters on their search for their next home. The company won the 2012 Webby for Best Real Estate Site (People’s Voice). Multi Family Executive reported that ApartmentList.com had surpassed the 500,000 users per month mark in June 2012. ApartmentList.com ranked 108th fastest growing company in America by the Inc. Magazine in August 2013.
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