Episode 62: Refreshing Real Estate with David Walker and TripleMint

Who is David Walker and the key takeaways in this episode?

David Walker is a co-founder of TripleMint, a software-based real estate company with one simple but clearly defined goal: the refreshment of the whole process buying and selling homes.

Listen to this fascinating and instructive interview and find out:

  • What TripleMint is all about
  • What David considers company culture to be
  • David’s thoughts on teaching company culture
  • And much, much more

The Questions

Can you share with our listeners what TripleMint is and how you came up with the idea?

Answer:It is a refreshingly simple way to find your home. We are a software-powered real estate brokerage. We were founded on the belief that people should love buying, selling and renting new homes. We found that most people had a pain point around that process of actually transacting in real estate. We wanted to change that, so at the core we combine powerful technology with a great team of expert real estate agents to help buyers make better decisions and understand the market better, and to help sellers gain more exposure for their homes to be able to sell them more quickly and make money.

Was there a moment when the lights went on, David, and you said, “Wow, I’ve got it”?

Answer: When Phil (my co-founder) and I started the company it was really at a time when there was a lot of talk of whether technology would replace real estate agents. The key moment for us was really understanding that that’s not even the right question. It’s all about the combination of great technology and real estate agents to realize a better service. It’s not one or the other. The “Aha” moment, if you will, was realizing that what we were building was a software platform to power an offline transaction. We had to have the absolute best real estate agents in the industry and we had to build the tools to help our buyers and sellers to understand the market and transact more smoothly, and to help our real estate agents be more efficient. It was really a case of the whole being greater than the sum of the parts.

We can share company culture with people, but can we teach it to people?

Answer:I think you can teach methods and ways to help unlock positive company culture but you’re not actually teaching the culture, you’re teaching a way of unlocking the culture that’s already there. That’s something that I’ve found to be really interesting, that the team of people have an inherent company culture. You can help to guide it, you can put some infrastructure around it. For us, a big thing is our team meetings. That’s a teachable thing, having team meetings, but the outcome of that is really a positive company culture in a few different ways. That itself cannot really be taught. It has to come about naturally.

Culture According to David Walker:

It’s the stuff created by the team that only the team truly understands. So it’s the traditions, the way of doing things, the qualities we look for in each other and new team members. It’s inherently human and the team collectively is the standard bearer for it.

Go To Quote for Inspiration

Book Recommendations:

  • The Hard Thing About Hard Things by Ben Horowitz

What David Walker Wants His Company to BE:

  • BE a Team Player
  • BE Curious
  • BE Passionate

Links and Resources Mentioned in this Interview:

Where to Find David Walker:

  • Email him at: david@triplemint.com

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