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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
With over a decade of real estate experience, Damian Hall is a recognized leader among Greenville area young professionals. He has worked with a number of CEO’s, physicians, professional athletes, and celebrities. Originally from Charleston, Damian has been a resident of downtown Greenville for the past 5 years. He could not be happier that all of his favorite lowcountry restaurants like Halls Chophouse, Caviar & Bananas and Husk, are starting to make their way into the Greenville market. Damian distinguished himself as a top player in the luxury arena with RE/MAX prior to accepting an offer from Blackstream Christie’s when they opened their doors in Greenville. He has marketed and sold several of the most expensive properties in the upstate of South Carolina and foothills of Western North Carolina. Damian takes pride in his team’s Ritz Carlton style service and attention to every detail. He brings to the table a multitude of real estate and marketing experience, including luxury residential, equestrian, commercial, development projects and property management. This vast understanding allows Damian to confidently handle complex transactions making him your luxury home and horse farm authority. Damian’s knowledge of our community, understanding of his clients’ needs, and proven marketing strategies has made him one of Greenville’s most sought after Real Estate Professionals. His marketing acumen and passion have led him to several keynote speaking engagements at national conferences. After seeing the need for accommodations near the new Tryon International Equestrian Center, Damian founded Tryon Retreats. Tryon Retreats is a luxe vacation rental company offering accommodations for horse shows and mountain getaways in Lake Lure, Tryon, Saluda and the surrounding foothills of North Carolina. Tryon Retreats is now recognized as the premier vacation rental firm in the area, managing over 60 farms, lake homes, cabins and estates. Outside of the office, you’ll find Damian either on a boat on Lake Keowee, enjoying downtown Greenville’s festivals and restaurants, or on a horse in Tryon’s famed Hunting Country.