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Robert Reffkin

Robert Reffkin is the founder and CEO of Compass. Prior to Compass, Robert worked at Goldman Sachs as the Vice President – Principal Investment Area and then Chief of Staff to the President & Chief Operating Officer. He’s the author of the 2021 book No One Succeeds Alone: Learn Everything You Can from Everyone You Can.

“A core part of my belief around entrepreneurship is believing that you can change your stars.”

— Robert Reffkin
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Robert Reffkin, guest
September 14, 2021

As dangerous as obstacles and setbacks may appear, they can also present opportunities. Robert Reffkin, founder and CEO of the real estate platform, Compass, knows this well. The trick, he says, isn’t to avoid obstacles at all cost, but rather, to identify them quickly as resources you can harness. “You can’t do great things in the world if you don’t have that entrepreneurial, ‘I can do it’ energy,” Reffkin says. “And how do you get that energy? You dream a big dream.”

Robert Reffkin, guest
May 20, 2021

“We may not be able to survive this,” thought Robert Reffkin, founder and CEO of real estate platform Compass, in early 2020 when pandemic lockdown rules essentially outlawed U.S. home selling. Yet now, the housing market is booming, and Compass has successfully IPO’ed. Reffkin shares how he kept his team together, why he stayed optimistic, and what businesses lucky enough to have benefited from Covid times owe their communities.

Robert Reffkin, cameo
June 22, 2021

“Will some people lose their shirts with crypto? Absolutely. Will new great industries be built upon this? Absolutely,” Reid Hoffman tells Rapid Response host Bob Safian in this unfiltered conversation. The co-hosts dive into cryptocurrency strategy, why cybersecurity “is an emperor-has-no-clothes situation,” what’s driving new climate-change habits, and more. Plus: What Reid missed most in the pandemic. Cameos: Compass CEO Robert Reffkin, Guild Education CEO Rachel Carlson.