Actually, Lending Tree is the leader in mortgage leads, not real estate leads. I also received an offer from Barry Diller in 2002 and turned it down. Are you also saying that Lending Tree hasn’t struggled in these RE market conditions?
I just looked over my shoulder and the trophy on my credenza says, “2002 Entrepreneur of the Year”. Yes, there are many recipients each year, just as with the Oscar’s and Grammy’s – do you have yours?
As previously stated, I have not been an executive at HV since well before the IPO. Some of your accusations are clearly inaccurate and/or greatly exaggerated. Is your sole source of expertise derived from anonymous posts on message boards?
Companies go through ups and downs, the downs are unfortunate and painful for everyone involved. These downs do not however diminish from the facts of achievement of going from a home based boot-strap start-up to turning over the reigns of a healthy growing ($XX,XXX,XXX) very profitable business to a new leadership team.
My impression is that this community is here to help entrepreneurs learn, get started and build their businesses. I believe that I’m well qualified to do so, probably more so than you based our respective entrepreneurial experience (http://www.brandcounselllc.com/about_us.html). I’m willingly to share my knowledge (both here and on my blog) with no expectation of compensation and I’m not trolling for customers like some.
Why are you compelled to start mud slinging when it is counterproductive to the Start-up Nation community? How have I damaged readers? Have you read my other posts? Terrible content right? I`m lying? Do you want me to go away? Too much competition?
I understand that Lending Tree is doing both, but based on all industry research HouseValues is far and away the leader in RE leads.
I am Chairman, one of seven director positions. This is not, nor has it ever been, an operational position. I do not draw a salary. I sold no shares in the IPO. The shares that I’ve sold since were at a price lower than today’s closing price. Those shares went to an investment fund that still holds them. Read the SEC filings for verification.
I’m not aware of any Wall Street analyst reports that support most of the statements you’ve made. For example, no analyst would cite me as the cause of poor performance because they all know that I don’t work at the company.
You have the anonymous message board posts confused. Ian Morris is the CEO and there are no family ties at all between he and I (read the SEC filings). Ian Bernard is my step son and he worked as a sales person then sales manager. He was one of our earliest employees, hired in 2000, when we were private, undercapitalized and trying to hire during a very competitive and expensive dot com bubble in
If you were to interview anyone that has ever worked with me, or had business dealings with me, you would learn that integrity is the #1 business rule in my book – above money or anything else. I left many millions on the table that I ‘could’ have taken, but didn’t because I didn’t believe it was the right thing to do.
I find any implications that my integrity is questionable as very offensive. If you insist on making posts as you’ve done here, get your facts straight.