About BiggerPockets: Purpose, Goals, Team
The Real Estate Investing Social Network, Information Hub and Marketplace
BiggerPockets.com is one of the most respected online real estate networking and information resource platforms, created for professionals, investors, homeowners, and other aficionados. With over 430,000+ members, over 1,250,000 monthly unique visitors (10/2015), 1,500,000+ forum posts, and tens of thousands of articles, BiggerPockets is changing an industry, one investor at a time.
Our mission is to help educate people in all aspects of real estate and real estate investing and to provide tools, data, and resources to enhance real estate knowledge, networking, dealmaking, marketing, and other day to day real estate activities.
Going beyond the website, BiggerPockets delivers top-notch real estate networking and educational content via its ebooks, podcast, and the BiggerPockets Real Estate Investing Summit.
What Are You Guys Trying to Do?
Our mission is to help educate people in all aspects of real estate and real estate investing and to provide tools and resources to enhance real estate knowledge, networking, dealmaking, and marketing. Furthermore, we believe that the real estate investing industry has a credibility problem — we're here to try and change that.
Learn more about the BiggerPockets Mindset, Core Beliefs, and reasons to join on our Start Here page. This page also contains links to several important tutorials for using the site, including the all important "How to Use BiggerPockets to Grow Your Business"
What's So Unique about BiggerPockets?
We take pride in offering the vast majority of our content, discussion forums and networking for FREE to our users, and strive to bring our users additional services and tools that they can use to improve their investing. While BiggerPockets does have PRO accounts available for users who are looking for more powerful tools, the basic account will grant access to practically all areas of the site encompassing education and discussion.
Since its founding in 2004, BiggerPockets has revolutionized the way people in the real estate world network. With our Social Networking Platform, which allows people to safely and professionally communicate with one another, we were able to bring these networking capabilities to the next level.
Unlike most other real estate investing and "educational" real estate websites, we do not promote "gurus" in an effort just to gain affiliate sales. Our purpose is to help educate our members directly on our site. Through our forums, articles, member blogs, podcast and BiggerPockets Blog, users can get an education that they'd spend thousands of dollars for elsewhere. We believe that there should be an alternative to high-priced, and often outdated guru materials, and BiggerPockets is designed to fill that void.
Our site is here for the consumer. We are not fans of the sleazy sales pitch and that shows if you take a look at our forums and other areas of the site! We kick out spammers and leeches and focus on providing our members with a safe learning, networking, and marketing experience free from pressure and solicitation.
There are many copycats out there, but only one BiggerPockets!
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Learn about the Nine Core Beliefs of BiggerPockets Members, Why Join BiggerPockets: 12 Benefits for You and Your Business, What to Do First at BiggerPockets, Important Tutorials, and The Best of BiggerPockets... So Far on our Start Page
BiggerPockets Culture: Core Values
1. We help our members, partners and staff reach their full potential.
2. We do right by our team and community.
3. Life is too short to be dull. We believe in having fun!
4. We think outside the box.
5. We focus on building strong relationships through honest communication.
6. We’re an inclusive community supportive of all ideas.
7. We think big.
BiggerPockets Company Leadership
Joshua Dorkin - Founder / CEO
BiggerPockets.com was founded by Joshua Dorkin and launched on October 22, 2004. An entrepreneur, web designer, real estate investor, and one-time realtor, Joshua was not satisfied by the online offerings of other real estate sites out there, and decided to build one himself. Mr. Dorkin's vision for BiggerPockets has helped to propel it into becoming one of the top real estate destinations online. His vision for the site and its future has brought national press attention to both Mr. Dorkin and to BiggerPockets.
Brandon Turner - Senior Vice President, Communications
Brandon is the Senior VP for BiggerPockets.com as well as an active real estate investor specializing in both flipping and long-term residential rentals. Brandon purchased his first property at the age of 21 and, alongside his wife, quickly built up a portfolio of cash-flow positive properties that enabled them to leave the corporate world and pursue their passions. Brandon then began blogging and teaching others about investing in real estate and in November 2012, joined the BiggerPockets team to help grow the community. Brandon also enjoys traveling, playing the acoustic guitar, and drinking 185 degree peppermint hot chocolate drinks from Starbucks.
Scott Trench - Director of Operations
A longtime fan of BiggerPockets and a Real Estate Investor "House-Hacking" with his first Duplex, Scott is the company’s Director of Operations. BiggerPockets is a BIG website, and Scott’s background in finance and big data analysis will be instrumental in the next phases of company growth and in helping to bring the resources of BiggerPockets to more investors worldwide. Scott is passionate about helping others build wealth and serving his community in whatever ways he can. In his spare time, Scott enjoys skiing, biking, crock-pot cooking (admittedly a crockpotladies.com fan), and is a lifelong rugger.
Allison Leung - Managing Editor & Content Architect
A career writer, editor and blogger, Allison serves as the Managing Editor & Content Architect for the BiggerPockets blog. With a passion for connecting audiences with information to empower financial freedom and a curiosity for all things Real Estate, Allison is excited to help contribute quality content to BiggerPockets. Allison believes that BiggerPockets’ value lies in its enthusiastic members, and she seeks to immerse herself in the site’s community and to serve her audience in any way possible. In her free time, Allison enjoys a diverse array of hobbies from knitting and reading to exploring and general adventure-having. Don’t ask about her dog, Ace, unless you want to see approximately 500 photos of his (adorable) face.
Hilary Catton - Director of Member and Public Relations
Hilary was born into the world of house flipping, with her understanding of Real Estate engrained into her at a young age. She encompasses different aspects of strategic communications to grow our audience by developing and executing strategies that are intended to create and uphold a positive public image for our company. She also manages and oversees our quick and amazing support team, to make sure our members have the best experience while interacting on our site. She directly works on forming relationships with various members of the media, government, and the general public to generate new business opportunities for the growth of BiggerPockets. In her spare time, she spends her days in the mountains, and eating cheese.
Mindy Jensen - Community Manager
Mindy has been fascinated with real estate since she first took over a lease for a friend in 1997. She loved having her own space, but hated paying rent, with nothing to show for it at the end of the lease. So she moved back in with her parents, saved up a few dollars for a downpayment, and found her first property - a 2/1 condo. Since then, she has focused on live-and-flips, with side trips into rentals. Mindy earned her real estate license last year to facilitate her real estate investing adventures. She lives in Longmont, CO with her husband and their two daughters. If you can't find her at home, chances are good she is on her bike or her snowboard.
Dave Meyer - Growth and User Acquisition Manager
Dave’s entire career has been spent as a part-time real estate investor and full-time data nerd -- so working at BiggerPockets is a perfect fit. Dave invests primarily in multi-family residences, and has a ton of experience being a landlord. Prior to joining BiggerPockets, Dave worked in Education Technology - both as a company founder, and in the investment space. He studied Political Science at the University of Rochester, and is currently pursuing a M.S. in Business Analytics from the University of Colorado Denver. When not working, Dave is usually eating sandwiches, skiing, or at a concert.
Kimberly Peticolas - Publishing Coordinator
Kimberly serves as the Publishing Coordinator for BiggerPockets.com. She has a passion for books and learning, and she is excited to get into the Real Estate Investment game. She bought her house several years ago and hopes to one day invest in more properties. Kimberly's focus will be expanding the BiggerPockets publishing department, ensuring that the BiggerPockets community has even more real estate investment resources to depend on. In her free time, Kimberly enjoys traveling around the world and geeking out on history.
Zachary Gwin - Assistant to the CEO
Zachary Gwin works for BiggerPockets, Inc. as the assistant to CEO. Real estate investing, as for most beginning investors, instantly had him hooked and it's safe to say he's caught the REI bug. Zach is an incredibly motivated 22 year old who wants to be a big player in the industry. He is always willing to help other new investors and wants to see everyone succeed in their endeavors. When Zach isn't consumed in REI he can be found training high school and college athletes, hiking the rocky mountains, or hanging around with family.
Engineering & Design Team
Robert Perry - Director of Engineering
Rob is a polyglot when it comes to programming languages; however, his favorites are Ruby, C#, Objective C and Java. He loves few things more than creating and fixing software. He is interested in learning about and then investing in real-estate. He appreciates the time he spends with family, friends, playing and listening to music, and learning.
Jarrett Baugh - Software Engineer
Jarrett began programming in C and C++ before moving to web development, giving him a deeper understanding of software. Software engineering has always been fascinating to Jarrett because he loves to solve problems. He is always trying to improve himself by learning new techniques and working with smart people. Outside of programming, he enjoys learning about the sciences, relaxing with friends, and investing for his future. He graduated from UC Irvine with a degree in Computer Science.
Edd Morgan - Software Engineer
Edd has been designing and developing software since he was skipping class to hack through PHP books. He loves to make things and takes great pride when something he builds takes shape. He's never finished learning, whether it’s a programming methodology, design theory or a foreign language. When he’s not coding, he loves playing video games, basketball and adding to his sneaker collection.
Dawa Sherpa - Software Engineer
Dawa is a young programmer who attended the colorado school of Mines. He is interested in machine learning and artificial intelligence. He enjoys the all of the problem solving involved in programming. His favorite languages are Haskell and Octave. In his spare time he reads and occasionally paints.
Dave Visaya - Audio Engineer and Community Support
A promising real estate investor from the other side of the globe, Dave works in the shadows as The Sixth Man, heading up podcast audio engineering, spam account moderation, and support management as well as helping to keep the site as active and enjoyable as possible. He plans to invest in real estate locally in the near future. Dave enjoys meeting great people and exchanging views on anything from philosophy to finance to the general universe. His hobbies include playing the guitar, reading books, writing blogs, and continually learning more about the web and its development. His vision is to be a catalyst for BiggerPockets as it expands as a global resource for real estate investment throughout the US and beyond.
Umar Javaid - Community Support
With cutting-edge Support and Communications skills, Umar serves the Customer Service department for BiggerPockets. He loves to delight the customers using his experience and continues to strengthen his skills and expertise by keeping himself updated with pertinent knowledge and trainings. He has deep insight towards understanding Customer's needs and expectations. Besides work, Umar loves to travel, play different sports, and shopping.
Rachelle Rodavia - Community Support
Rachelle is a person who loves to try new things, and learn new skills, and she considers her flexibility and willingness to learn as her core strength. Her experience in customer service, sales and technical support is proof that whatever field she gets into, she always excels. She is excited to be a part of the BiggerPockets support team and hopes she can help members of the community to find the success they are seeking in their use of the platform.
Michael Sato - Community Support
An aspiring real estate investor in the near future, Michael started out as a freelance realtor selling condos. He loves to work with customers and make sure they are happily taken care of. He also does site support and loves to tinker with techie stuff. He always strive to learn more and make himself better by reading books, interacting with success minded people and by taking action towards his goals. In his spare time, Michael read books every day and loves to watch funny short clips to lighten up his day.
Sandra Lei Miole - Community Support
A hardworking person, Sandra loves challenges and is willing to learn great new things. With her extensive customer service experience, she always make sure she does absolutely everything in her power to provide customer/client satisfaction. She aimed to be a real estate investor and is consistently learning on how it works to become successful. Now that she's part of BiggerPockets support team, she's excited to help the members of the community. Five words you can count on Sandra- love, integrity, commitment, passion, and fun.
Trexie Eusebio - Community Support
Trexie is an incredible all-rounder who hails from Asia. She specializes in Customer Relations - a big fan of RE who is actively managing couple of RE investments along. She is excited to be serving the BiggerPockets Community and to learn different dimensions of RE. When not working, Trexie loves to read, blog, swim, and hang around with peers.
Volunteer Community & Moderation Team
Jon Holdman - Lead Moderator
Jon is an IT guy who does real estate investment part time. He designs and develops storage subsystems, which is a combination of hardware and software. Jon started doing hard money loans in 2007, and then bought his first property in 2008. He continues to invest in properties throughout the Denver area.
Dawn Anastasi - Moderator
Dawn is a full-time real estate investor out of Milwaukee, WI. She began her real estate investing career in 2008 with two single-family homes that started off as rentals and were later sold. She transitioned to the Milwaukee area in 2011 and in under 4 years, purchased 13 properties and sold one. She continues to invest in buy-and-hold properties in the Milwaukee area.
Will Barnard - Moderator
Will Barnard is a real estate investor and developer in Southern California. Will has experience in almost every aspect of real estate investing including spec building, fix and flip, rehabbing, wholesaling, landlording, short sales, land development, notes, and more.
Ned Carey - Moderator
Ned Carey is a full time real estate investor with ten years of investing experience. He is a lifelong entrepreneur. Previously he owned an independent sales organization for the bicycle industry before turning to real estate. Mr. Carey’s specialty is tax sale investing which he uses to acquire properties to wholesale or to build his rental portfolio. His experience includes multi-family, single family, renovations, tax liens, ground leases, holding mortgages and wholesaling. This wide range of experience makes him a sought after coach, mentor and partner.
Jon Klaus - Moderator
Jon is a career entrepreneur with an IT services business in Dallas, TX. He and his wife Chris live on a ranch near Dallas with their 7 children. Jon has been a serious real estate investor since 2008, and has bought and sold dozens of properties, built homes, and owns an office building. Along with faith and family, real estate investing is his passion.
Karen Margrave - Moderator
Karen started out working as an executive assistant in an office of 35 agents, and later got her license. Along with her husband, a contractor that built steel buildings, she decided it would be fun to develop office buildings, and started doing that. After a few years she got her contractors license. Over the years they've developed general offices, medical offices, multi families, office parks, office/retail condos, medical/dental clinics and a residential subdivision. The majority of their projects are spec buildings, which they sell to investors and owner/users.
Joel Owens - Moderator
Joel is a commercial real estate broker and an investor who specializes in Multifamily properties (5+ units) and Triple Net leasing. Mr. Owens has been licensed since 2004 and has been the principal broker and owner of his company All World Realty since 2007. Mr. Owens loves commercial real estate and it is his true passion to discuss and talk about properties and possible deals.
Darren Sager - Moderator
Darren is a full time real estate investor in the New York City metropolitan area and has had his real estate license since 2008. He became a landlord as his only means of purchasing a home in 1998 and hasn't looked back since. He has experience in multi family, single family, renovate to rent, renovate to sell, and property management. There's little around the house he doesn't understand & know how to do himself. He also loves to educate and help real estate investors at all levels find properties and maximize their income potential.
Brie Schmidt - Moderator
Brie is a Full Time Real Estate Investor and has been a licensed Real Estate Broker since 2004. She started purchasing investment properties in 2011 when she founded BBS Apartments which owns and manages 2 - 4 unit investment properties with 29 units in Chicago, Milwaukee, and NW Indiana. She specializes in buy and hold acquisitions in IL, WI and IN and as a broker assists new and experienced investors with the growth of their portfolios.
Andrew Syrios - Moderator
Andrew has been investing in real estate ever since he graduated from the University of Oregon in 2006. In 2011 he moved to Kansas City of second branch of Stewardship Properties; the company his father founded. He is currently a partner with his dad and brother and together they own over 600 units in four states. They focus primarily on buy and hold in cash flow markets.
James Wise- Moderator
James is a licensed real estate broker. His company, The Holton-Wise Property Group operates one of the largest scattered site rental property portfolios in the Cleveland, Ohio area. He has always had a passion for real estate investing. He purchased his first property at the age of 21 and has never looked back. His expertise is in residential and commercial investment property.
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