Two real estate vets hired by Trulia to fortify relationships with the real estate industry have departed after less than a year with the company.
Matt Dollinger, formerly Trulia’s head of industry relations, announced his departure Monday to his Twitter followers.
Dollinger, who was hired in May to oversee Trulia’s sales and business development team, said he would continue to serve as an advisory board member and consultant on broker products. Before coming to Trulia, Dollinger was vice president of strategic development with @properties, an innovative Chicago brokerage.
Todd Carpenter, senior manager of industry engagement at Trulia, announced his departure from the company today.
In a blog post, Carpenter said he’d "learned a lot and really appreciate the opportunity, but my time at Trulia can now be officially categorized as, ‘past work experience.’ I’m looking forward to what the future brings."
Trulia brought Carpenter on board last April as senior manager of industry engagement. Previously, he had served as the social media manager for the National Association of Realtors.
Industry reaction to the change-ups was surprise and curiosity.
"What’s going on at Trulia?" tweeted Joel Burslem, a partner at real estate design and marketing firm 1000watt Consulting.
"Both these guys were hired with much fanfare and now, the boot?" wrote Greg Robertson at his popular industry blog Vendor Alley.
Trulia spokesman Ken Shuman said, "We wish Matt and Todd best of luck in their next ventures. As a company, we’re really excited about some of the new programs we are working on in Q1 to accelerate agent and broker success."
In December, Trulia announced it had hired iHomefinder founder and CEO Alon Chaver to build new services for brokers and multiple listing services, expand data quality initiatives, and strengthen industry partnerships. As vice president of industry services, Chaver is responsible for the strategy and direction of Trulia’s broker, MLS and data team.
On Monday, Trulia announced plans to raise $100 million in a follow-on offering of shares in its stock.