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Agent Genius wins Inman Innovator Award 2008

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The goal of innovation is positive change, to make someone or something better.


The Inman Innovator Awards recognize companies that use technology and innovation to enhance the real estate transaction and experience for consumers and real estate professionals. Benn and Lani Rosales received the award to thunderous applause (I didn’t even go to San Fran and heard it all the way back here in Atlanta – thanks Tara for the phone call). AG had stiff competition in the blog category and much respect is due to 1000Watt Blog, Big Picture Blog, FBS Blog, and Homegain Real Estate Blog.

Agent Genius has made the real estate industry better by bringing together a group of writers with diverse backgrounds and hosting a conversation with a national audience of readers. None of the writers are paid and the site itself was started without any seed money or corporate dollars to support the launch. It is refreshing to see the real estate industry embrace new ideas and Inman has done a good thing by casting a spotlight on Agent Genius. Agent Genius hosts open discussions about new technologies, methods of doing business, the nature of the industry and other real estate topics that impact consumers and agents every day (sometimes several different conversations per day).

Innovative Indeed

It is about time the real estate industry started having more conversations and less presentations. Congrats to Agent Genius founders Benn and Lani, and of course all the fantastic writers, commenters, and readers!

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67 Comments

  1. Jim Duncan

    July 25, 2008 at 1:01 pm

    Congratulations to Benn and Lani for doing all that you do and for providing this forum. A sincere thank you.

  2. Matt Stigliano

    July 25, 2008 at 1:03 pm

    I’ve already added my congratulations to Twitter, but I’ll add them here as well!

    Way to go Lani and Benn!

    And of course, wouldn’t want to leave out the contributors and commentors!

    Very excited to see the news and can’t wait to hear the acceptance speech.

  3. Dale Chumbley

    July 25, 2008 at 1:08 pm

    Benn, Lani and the entire Genius crew deserves a standing OOOvation! Way to go! Keep up the great work!

  4. Robert D. Ashby

    July 25, 2008 at 1:22 pm

    Congrats big time!!! I am glad to see that all you two have done with AG hasn’t gone unrewarded.

  5. Matthew Rathbun

    July 25, 2008 at 1:29 pm

    I am sure that Benn and Lani will request the “group” to take the bow. HOWEVER, Benn and Lani have put countless hours into development and execution, as well as heart and sole. Their focus on the betterment of the industry and invocation, coupled with professioalism and character is what has made this “house” a “home”.

    Congrats to them for seeing their child grow and help influence an industry!

  6. Matthew Rathbun

    July 25, 2008 at 1:34 pm

    Yeah…. invocation was suppose to be innovation…. although, I am sure they have prayed over it too 🙂

  7. Ricardo Bueno

    July 25, 2008 at 1:38 pm

    CONGRATULATIONS!!! You all deserve it!

    Benn, Lani…the whole community here is awesome and always giving!

  8. Jim Cronin

    July 25, 2008 at 1:42 pm

    Wicked Awesome!

  9. Jay Thompson

    July 25, 2008 at 2:09 pm

    It was a pleasure and an honor to finally get to meet Benn and Lani (and several other fellow AG contributors) in person at Inman Connect. And it was *very* cool to be in the room when Brad Inman announced AG as the winner.

    Even cooler? Seeing Benn up on stage in his sport coat and shorts and Lani giving the beloved “Hook ’em Horns” sign when they got the award!

    Thanks Benn and Lani for giving us all a place to stay, and thanks *so much* to all the contributors and commentators that make AG what it is.

  10. Derek Overbey

    July 25, 2008 at 2:11 pm

    Congrats to Benn & Lani and the entire Agent Genius Team! You guys Rock!

    What I don’t get is why they did not give these out yesterday because I would have partied even harder last night.

  11. John Lauber

    July 25, 2008 at 2:42 pm

    Way to go Benn and Lani. You guys have assembled a great crew here at Agent Genius. It’s a truly valuable resource.

    Congratulations on the award.

  12. Vicki Lloyd

    July 25, 2008 at 2:43 pm

    Congratulations Benn & Lani, and the whole AG crew! You guys are awsome & it’s great that you were recognized!

  13. Andy Kaufman

    July 25, 2008 at 2:57 pm

    What an AMAZING way to cap an AMAZING week out here in San Francisco!!

    Congrats to Benn and Lani. Being in that room when it was announced was an amazing moment that I won’t soon forget. It’s truly an honor to be a part of the AG family.

  14. Charleston real estate blog

    July 25, 2008 at 3:22 pm

    Congratulations to Benn and Lani and the entire AG group. Wish I was there.

  15. bill lublin

    July 25, 2008 at 3:43 pm

    I can’t believe it took an award to get Benn out from behind that cup! I am so glad that we had a chance to hang in SF this weekend and so sorry I wasn’t there to hug you guys in person.
    An amazing job, and only fitting. Now enjoy the rest of your stay 🙂

  16. Erion Shehaj

    July 25, 2008 at 3:45 pm

    What great news!

    Couldn’t think of anyone else that deserves it more. We’re all better professionals because of AG

  17. Carson Coots

    July 25, 2008 at 3:57 pm

    I already knew this would happen. A tear has come to my eye.

  18. Nick Bostic

    July 25, 2008 at 4:04 pm

    Although my fingers were still cramped from live-twitting the tech track the day before and my head was still hurting thanks to the night out with the incredible AG crew, it was great to get to clap my hands vigorously while Benn and Lani stormed the stage.

    I look forward to the next time I get to party with this incredible team. Thank you for this wonderful opportunity.

  19. Jamie Geiger

    July 25, 2008 at 4:16 pm

    Congrats to Ben and Lani and AG for the great award!! Thank you for all that you do!! You both are awesome.

  20. Russell Shaw

    July 25, 2008 at 4:47 pm

    Congratulations to you both. And now I will be able to recognize both of you when I see you in person next month in Austin.

  21. Brad Nix

    July 25, 2008 at 6:57 pm

    Agent Genius wins Inman Innovator Award: https://agentgenius.com/?p=2825

  22. HomeNet Café

    July 25, 2008 at 7:26 pm

    @agentgenius Congratulations on winning the Inman Innovator Award https://agentgenius.com/?p=2825 “The goal of innovation is positive change”

  23. Jason Sandquist

    July 25, 2008 at 5:35 pm

    Lil late to the party on this one, but congrats to everyone who contributes to this amazing blog. Thanks for the wealth of information that everyone brings.

    Also, big thanks for the live tweets at #icsf and #rebarcamp, here’s to you @nbostic and everyone else!

  24. Maureen Francis

    July 25, 2008 at 5:52 pm

    Benn and Lani,

    It was exciting to watch you up on stage today! One of the highlights of Connect! Congratulations on your success.

  25. Jonathan Dalton

    July 25, 2008 at 6:03 pm

    Wish I had a later flight and could have stayed to see this … an amazing honor (even more so when you’ve got a weak link like me floating around) and very well deserved!

  26. Paula Henry

    July 25, 2008 at 6:05 pm

    Congratulations Benn and Lani – a well deserved recognition for your hard work.

  27. Norm Fisher

    July 25, 2008 at 7:35 pm

    Congrats Benn and Lani! Feeling pretty proud of ya. 🙂 Wish I could have been there to see it.

  28. Carson Myles Coots

    July 25, 2008 at 9:56 pm

    AgentGenius: Innovators in blogging for 2008. Feeling proud of my Benn and Lani AgentGenius!https://agentgenius.com/?p=2825

  29. Dan Green

    July 25, 2008 at 8:38 pm

  30. Kris Berg

    July 25, 2008 at 9:01 pm

    Benn – Told you so!

    Congratulations, and well deserved. I am sorry I was in a shuttle to the airport when Jay called me with the news.

  31. Faina Sechzer

    July 25, 2008 at 9:33 pm

    Congratulations Benn and Lani. Sorry I couldn’t be there to meet you in person. You certainly created unique, welcoming and substantive place in the world of RE. net.

  32. Drew Meyers from Zillow

    July 25, 2008 at 9:53 pm

    Congratulations to the agent genius team — the award was well deserved!

  33. Larry Yatkowsky

    July 25, 2008 at 10:33 pm

    It’s not often that you meet genius.

    Benn, Lani, and all the AG crew. I am humbled.

  34. Matt Wilkins

    July 25, 2008 at 10:59 pm

    Benn and Lani, you guys ROCK!!! Serioulsy I find the posts and comments on here a great source of information to keep me abreast of both trends and opinion on current and future real estate related subjects.

  35. Ginger Wilcox

    July 25, 2008 at 11:35 pm

    Congratulations!!! Talk about icing on the cake. I am so disappointed I missed it live but thrilled to have been involved in the pre-celebration. An award truly deserved!

  36. Jennifer in Louisville

    July 26, 2008 at 6:36 am

    Excellent and congratulations! Very impressive – and well deserved!

  37. Mariana

    July 26, 2008 at 7:19 am

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! Benn and Lani – You put SO MUCH into this site – a site that is so awesome on SO many levels. Bravo!

  38. Jeremy Hart

    July 26, 2008 at 7:23 am

    Congratulations guys!

  39. Roberta Murphy

    July 26, 2008 at 7:57 am

    A thousand balloons to Benn, Lani and the terrific pool of writers at Agent Genius. Keep the awards and good conversations going!

  40. Chris Lengquist

    July 26, 2008 at 8:50 am

    Congratulations. And who is the brunette Benn is with?

  41. Holly White

    July 26, 2008 at 9:23 am

    Congratulations Benn & Lani! Thank you for having the insight to make a difference. I am a better Realtor for having become part of AG. You rock!

  42. Rob Hahn

    July 26, 2008 at 11:07 am

    Congratulations, AG! Well-deserved award.

    -rsh

  43. daniel martin

    July 26, 2008 at 12:41 pm

    I heard you guys also won in the swimsuit category!

    Seriously, you guys are awesome and totally deserve this. I am honored to call you friends…

  44. Noah

    July 26, 2008 at 12:43 pm

    congrats guys!! Great to meet you guys (Benn & Lani)!!! Wish I had more time to spend with the rest of the agentgenius crew!

    Also great to see the old timers again!!

  45. Jay Thompson

    July 26, 2008 at 4:04 pm

    Damn! That is one great picture of Benn and Lani. It’s photographic GENIUS.

  46. Nickie Rothwell

    July 26, 2008 at 4:24 pm

    Congratulations to you both!

    Such an honor for great people who work so hard for the benefit of so many-well deserved! Sorry I’ve been out and missed the news earlier! You two are some of the hardest working folks around, and most generous to boot.

    What an honor to have the pleasure to know and work with you!

  47. Diane Cohn

    July 26, 2008 at 4:26 pm

    My whole office could not get over your coordinated outfits on stage… you two were absolutely the best dressed winners up there. Congratulations!

  48. Louis Cammarosano

    July 26, 2008 at 4:35 pm

    Congratulations to the agent genius team for
    an award well deserved,
    Louis
    General Manager, HomeGain

  49. Eric Blackwell

    July 26, 2008 at 5:05 pm

    Benn and Lani;

    Late in arriving (been working on projects)…CONGRATS and well deserved. My hat is off to both of you.

    Eric

  50. Rocky

    July 26, 2008 at 7:05 pm

    Ben & Lani,

    This is very cool, I am glad to be a part of this award winning blog that you have put together! Congrats for a job well done.

  51. Don

    July 26, 2008 at 7:15 pm

    Congrats Ben and Lani! I’m relatively new to this blog, but I hope to contribute to help you win another. Keep up the good work!

  52. Vicki Moore

    July 27, 2008 at 9:49 am

    I hope that the acknowledgement somehow makes those incredibly late nights working on AG worth it. I’m thrilled you’re getting the accolades you deserve to often thankless – and even criticized – work. You are an unbeatable team.

  53. ines

    July 27, 2008 at 4:13 pm

    It’s awesome when hard work is recognized and I am sooo proud of everyone here, especially Benn and Lani for working their butts off and doing everything they do on the back-end to make this platform what it is! CONGRATS everyone!

  54. Gia & Grant Freer

    July 27, 2008 at 5:13 pm

    Gia and I were thrilled to have been able to celebrate with you in San Francisco. This award is so well deserved and everyone involved with AgentGenius should feel very proud. Congratulations!

  55. Rudy from Trulia.com

    July 27, 2008 at 8:39 pm

    You deserve it guys!

    Thanks for the time we spent together…..

    Rudy
    Still In San Francisco 🙂

  56. Joseph Ferrara.sellsius

    July 27, 2008 at 10:37 pm

    Kudos and Congrats on an award well deserved.

    Lani and Benn, you have put together a premier group of writers and this award confirms what the rest of us already knew.

    It was great spending time with you both and I look forward to more accomplishments.

  57. Joseph Ferrara.sellsius

    July 27, 2008 at 10:40 pm

    Oh yeah, looks like you nabbed that genius from Canada, Larry Yatkowsky. Watch out North America.

  58. Larry Yatkowsky

    July 27, 2008 at 11:12 pm

    #56
    @ Joe, it’s a NAFTA thing.

  59. Glenn fm Naples

    July 28, 2008 at 6:25 am

    Congratulations on winning the award – you were up against some real stiff competition. You have done a great job with AG and truly deserve the award.

  60. Irina Netchaev

    July 28, 2008 at 11:35 am

    Benn & Lani, congratulations!!! What a well deserved award. I am learning constantly here at AG and really appreciate all your efforts in growing AG and making everyone feel welcome!

  61. Nicole Boynton

    July 28, 2008 at 5:48 pm

    Glad to see national recognition of your achievements. Keep up the great work and keep the great info coming!

  62. Benn Rosales

    July 29, 2008 at 9:53 am

    To all of you, Lani and I are honestly in total awe of the reactions to Ag. Not only at Inman, but rebarcamp, bloggers connect, and the various parties, meet and greets, and the many many sidewalk conversations we had with fans of Ag.

    We give all of the credit to the vast contribution we get here at Ag though not only fantastic writers and articles, but commentators, and readers.

    Cheers to all of you for caring enough to give back in knowledge what you’ve had to learn in trial and error.

    Best to all, Benn & Lani

    PS we’re only 9 months old, imagine where we’ll all be in 1 year. 😉 It’s truly amazing…

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