A different Interview episode than normal, I speak with Bill Fowler, Sr. Director of Industry Relations for Compass, the tech-brokerage who has been making all kinds of waves in recent years.
Normally, I like to use the Interview to introduce people and companies that most of you don’t know about, who are doing interesting things or have interesting perspectives on real estate. In this case, I wanted to speak to Bill about Compass’s recent open letter to Bright MLS for its new policy restricting Coming Soon. The letter specifically threatened litigation, so it has become big news in industry circles.
We discuss, we debate, I ask questions, Bill answers, and it appears that Compass’s position might not be what one might think.
Because of the public interest on this topic, I have chosen to make this Interview publicly available to everyone.
Conversation with Bill Fowler, Compass
Bio of Bill Fowler, from RESO.org:
Bill Fowler has 17 years inside the real estate technology community and has found his dream job as Senior Director of Industry Relations at Compass. He’s worn many hats, from MLS software to industry consultant and Director at Zillow. Now he’s managing the key relationships that drive business for one of the most visible and fast-moving brands in real estate.
A brokerage of unparalleled agents
As an innovative residential real estate firm, we empower our agents so they have more time for advising their clients. With the solutions-driven mindset of a startup and the sophistication of a luxury brand, Compass is the future of real estate.
A tech company reinventing the space
To lead the industry requires the smartest tools built by the brightest minds across engineering, design, and strategy. Through our proprietary platform, Compass is changing how agents and clients navigate the process of finding or selling a home.