Glenn Kelman

Redfin CEO

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How Do You Celebrate Success?

I've taken a company public. I started Plumtree Software with a few friends and it went public in 2002 and I insisted that we not celebrate it. That it wasn't a real milestone, that we…

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How Do You Keep Morale up Through Tough Times?

I think what's hard about keeping morale up in tough times is if you haven't prepared people for a tough time. When you're going through the good times, you have to remind people that there…

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How Has a Diverse Workforce Benefited Your Company?

When I first came to Silicon Valley, everyone had a Computer Science degree. It was mostly white males. And we really limited the talent that we could recruit. I certainly remember recruiting the person who…

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How Do You Write an Email That Actually Gets Read?

So I think the magic to writing an email that really gets read is just making it really short and giving the reader something genuine. There's so much fake stuff out there in this baloney-gorged…

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Who Do You Admire and Why?

I worked for John Kunze at Plumtree Software and he was absolutely brilliant, but you'd have never known it because he was such a regular guy and I just noticed that everyone wanted to be…

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What Is the Best Advice You’ve Ever Received?

A long time ago, I was working on a startup. My co-founder and I were in his basement, and we were going to do this lame little idea, because we thought that we weren't that…

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What Is Your Corporate Culture?

Redfin's culture is a humble, service-driven culture. We have this idea that everyone sweeps the floors. If you're leading a group and you really believe that that group can accomplish great things, they will. But…

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What's the Most Surprising Thing About Being a CEO?

Some of the best advice I've ever gotten is about just doing the right thing. I know it's platitudinous. I know it's totally obvious. But sometimes I felt like I couldn't be my real self,…

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"Co-founded Sequoia-backed Plumtree Software"

Glenn is the CEO of Redfin. Prior to joining Redfin, he was a co-founder of Plumtree Software, a Sequoia-backed, publicly traded company that created the enterprise portal software market. In his seven years at Plumtree, Glenn at different times led engineering, marketing, product management and business development; he also was responsible for financing and general operations in Plumtree's early days. Prior to starting Plumtree, Glenn worked as one of the first employees at Stanford Technology Group, a Sequoia-backed start-up acquired by IBM. Glenn was raised in Seattle and graduated from the University of California, Berkeley. He is a regular contributor to the Redfin blog and Twitter.