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Entrepreneurs: Rattling the real estate industry (Part 2)

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Editor's note: In this three-part series, we talk to some new entrepreneurs on the real estate block, and find out what they're doing, what they're doing differently and how the industry has reacted to them. They'll talk about what it takes to launch a real estate company and barriers to innovation the industry puts up along the way. (See Part 1: Breaking the business model mold and Part 3: Roadblocks to innovation.) Dain Ehring's Thursday last week was typical of an entrepreneur. Up at 3:30 a.m., the 42-year-old attended a meeting in Los Angeles with First American. On his way to the airport, he fielded calls on his cell phone and then boarded a New York-bound flight. He walked off the plane ready for a dinner meeting with his company's No. 1 customer, JP Morgan Chase. Friday was packed with meetings with other Chase executives, before Ehring headed back to Northern California where his business, Dorado, is based. "Fun, but busy," is how Ehring describes the entrepreneurial lif...