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I believe that. In fact, I know that. Starting my start-up career at Zillow (see this for some perspective) was a very good and very bad pre-cursor for my entrepreneurial journey over the past few years.

It was great in the fact that I now KNOW building a technology business at massive scale is possible; I’ve seen it done from the inside. Most people seriously question whether building something that reaches millions of consumers is possible, because they haven’t seen it with their own eyes

It was bad in the fact that, prior to starting my own company

I thought start-ups were easy. As an employee at Zillow, sure there were challenges, but from my perspective there was never any real risk the company wouldn’t succeed. That’s why I took a personal loan when I left in 2010 to buy my options; I knew there was basically zero chance I’d end up on the short end of the stick (and I didn’t). Of course, Zillow’s not the average start-up. Most start-ups don’t have $6 million in funding pre-launch, a team of 50+ without having shipped a product, or a founder with a multi billion dollar company that transformed an entire industry under his belt.

They seek product feedback and strategy. They want to know about problems and incentives for agents as well as consumers. They are looking to get a handle at how to gain adoption, traction, and partnerships in this massively complex and wide-reaching industry we operate in.

Many have no prior history in the industry. Others were agents at one time or another. Still others grew up in a real estate family.

I’ve seen 10 years of what has worked, and what hasn’t. When I hear a pitch or play with a product, I tell it how I see it, regardless of whether that’s what the founder wants to hear. Sometimes, it doesn’t validate their strategy.

About the Author

Shari Capers is a knowledgeable, dedicated, and passionate real estate expert with a vast wealth of industry experience spanning over 20 years. Growing up in New Orleans, Shari was always fascinated by the attractive architectural designs of the homes in her city. This love for real estate nurtured from a young age turned into a high-flying career of helping home buyers, sellers, and real estate investors make their dreams a reality. Before venturing into real estate, Shari was an Adjunct Professor teaching Real Estate, Entrepreneurship, and Small Business Management. Her solid teaching background blends perfectly with her experience and extensive knowledge of the industry, distinguishing her as a resourceful, high-level professional and ideal REALTOR® to work with Families looking for a place to call home hold a special and deeply personal place in Shari’s heart. Adopted when she was only 18 months, Shari never met her biological parents. Courtesy of her story, Shari gains immense satisfaction from helping families navigate complex market situations and find a home that gives them security, happiness, and most importantly, keeps them together as a family. As a professional educator, Shari is a great resource to every real estate buyer, seller, or investor who needs reliable information when making one of the most important transactions in their lives. New Realtors working with Shari find an excellent career mentor and coach in her. She generously shares her wisdom with her employees and staff, continually encouraging and urging them to be the best. Her relentless efforts to expand her industry knowledge have allowed her to earn multiple certifications, including ABR and CPRES. Outside of real estate, Shari is passionate about God, family, and living a life that inspires and makes a difference in the world and other people’s lives. When Shari is not working hard to help her clients achieve their real estate goals, she enjoys skydiving, traveling, cooking, camping, and weightlifting. When you trust Shari with your vision, you can be confident she will own it and put in the work to bring it to life.