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With Robert Reffkin (Founder/CEO, Compass) & Calvin Cooper (Founder/CEO, Rhove).
Thursday, June 10, 2021 at 05:30 PM   Absolutely Free   Online

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A fireside discussion with Robert Reffkin, Author of "No One Succeeds Alone: Learn Everything You Can from Everyone You Can"
About this event
We are pleased to welcome Robert Reffkin, Founder & CEO of Compass for a fireside chat with Calvin Cooper, Co-Founder & CEO of Rhove to discuss the takeaways from Robert's book- "NO ONE SUCCEEDS ALONE: Learn Everything You Can from Everyone You Can"

Robert Reffkin is the only Black founder of a public real estate technology company & the only Black founder/CEO of a unicorn company that has raised more than a billion dollars. As sad as that statistic is in 2021, it's an incredible achievement on his part, particularly since his backstory is so rife with adversity-he was disowned by his Israeli grandparents for being Black & raised by a single mother, there were times when they were struggling, & times when they were solidly middle class after his father abandoned them.

He relied on many well-known & influential mentors to help achieve such astronomical success, including the likes of Kenneth Chenault (CEO of American Express), Vernon Jordan (Lazard), Marc Benioff (founder & CEO of Salesforce), Lloyd Blankfein (Goldman Sachs), & Bayo Ogunlesi (founder & CEO of Global Infrastructure Partners). He's eager to share the wealth of advice he's garnered over the years.

Robert will share both his inspiring story & the entrepreneurship principles that lay the foundation for the way he conducts himself in life & in business every day.

Possibility. Turning dreams into reality; optimism & the abundance mindset; finding things & people that give you energy; passion/effort/trying harder than others.
Power of relationships. Every interaction is an opportunity; investing in relationships; providing value to mentors; putting yourself in other people's shoes in every situation.
Curiosity & humility. Being customer-obsessed; learning from ideas that came before; learning from customer's reactions; caring more about impact/results for the customer than novelty.
Belonging. Feeling out of place as a child; searching for acceptance & fulfillment. Gratitude. For his mom; for his mentors; for all the people that helped him throughout his life; for his luck; for his family.
Our Special Guest

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Robert Reffkin
Founder & CEO of Compass
ROBERT REFFKIN is a husband, a father, & the Founder & CEO of Compass, a real estate technology company that is now the largest independent brokerage in America, having helped clients buy or sell homes worth more than a quarter-trillion dollars since its founding. Reffkin graduated from Columbia in two & a half years, earned an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School & worked at McKinsey, Lazard, & Goldman Sachs. He ran fifty marathons, one in each U.S. state, to raise $1 million for charities - including for America Needs You, the nonprofit he founded to serve young people living below the poverty line who are the first in their families to go to college.

ABOUT COMPASS. Compass is a leading national real estate technology company, providing tools & services to help real estate agents grow their businesses & better serve their clients. As one of the largest groups of small business owners in the country, real estate agents utilize the end-to-end Compass platform to improve their productivity & help them manage their business more effectively. Compass currently powers over 21,000 real estate agents across 165+ U.S. cities, who were responsible for over $151 billion in real estate transactions in 2020 (according to REAL Trends). For more information on how Compass powers one of the largest groups of business owners in the country, please visit

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Moderated by Calvin Cooper
Co-Founder & CEO of Rhove
Calvin Cooper is the co-founder & CEO of Rhove, a company expanding access for everyone to invest in real estate via a mobile app with no account minimums or income requirements. By democratizing real estate finance, deal sponsors raise capital with no headache, & Main Street investors get the opportunity to own the places we live, work, & play. Rhove raises capital from the public & invests as a single entity, eliminating every barrier to bringing previously unattainable assets to the market. Prior to Rhove, Calvin was a venture capitalist investing in fintech, blockchain, proptech & smart city technology companies. Calvin has taught entrepreneurship as an adjunct professor at The Ohio State University, & currently serves on the Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center Advisory Board. Recently, he was selected to participate in the YALP Young American Leaders Program at the Harvard Business School.

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