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Venture capitalist’s roots are in online real estate

Real Estate Connect keynote profile: Jed Katz

Long before becoming managing director of Javelin Venture Partners, a San Francisco-based, early-stage venture capital firm focused on technology, Jed Katz was at the vanguard of the real estate industry's move to the Internet. In 1994, Katz founded Rent Net, a Web-based rental and relocation service that revolutionized real estate-related advertising. According to Katz, more than 90 percent of the larger apartment buildings in the country became advertisers.  Rent Net -- recognized as an Inman Innovator award winner in 1998  -- was acquired by Realogy Corp. (known as Cendant Corp. at the time). Katz used its infrastructure as a starting point to build Move.com, one of the Internet's largest real estate and relocation sites. In 2000, Cendant sold Move.com to Realtor.com operator Homestore, which in 2006 changed its name to Move Inc.  Katz -- who will participate in a one-on-one conversation with Inman News founder and Publisher Brad Inman on Aug. 1, the opening day of Real Es...