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  • surbiton99 surbiton99 Jul 14, 2013 9:09 PM Flag

    Is this the end of Zillow Dogs?

    The Motley Fool interview with Zillow CEO Spencer Rascoff includes this converstaion

    Smith: How do you avoid that "tech company cancer"?

    Rascoff: I think the biggest thing is I try to lead by example, by staying passionate and full of energy, and trying to convey that sense of energy and enthusiasm for the product to the whole management team and to the whole company. You try big things, and you fail fast. We try to do that at Zillow.
    Yesterday, for example, I decided with the team to kill a feature that we were really excited about. A pretty small feature; we were really excited about this feature six months ago, when we shipped it, but it's not getting the usage that we wanted yet. The data proves it. OK, let's pull the plug. Let's get rid of that feature and move on.
    That's a hard thing for companies to do, to self-edit, and it's very important to keep the pace of innovation alive.

    Seems to me that Zillow is bowing to the inevitable and pulling the plug on "Dogs". The concept was ill conceieved and never going to work. Zillow was bringing nothing to the party and its reputation for inaccuracy meant that no one could take any project estimates seriously.

 
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