Spencer Rascoff

Spencer Rascoff is an entrepreneur and company leader who co-founded Zillow, Hotwire and dot.LA, and who served as Zillow's CEO for a decade. During Spencer’s time as CEO, Zillow won dozens of “best places to work” awards as it grew to over 4,500 employees, $3 billion in revenue, and $10 billion in market capitalization. Prior to Zillow, Spencer co-founded and was VP Corporate Development of Hotwire, which was sold to Expedia for $685 million in 2003.

Spencer is now an active angel investor in over 50 companies, and serves as executive chairman of dot.LA, a news site covering the Los Angeles tech scene. He is also co-founder and chairman of a stealth startup, and incubating several other startup companies. Spencer is on the Board of Directors of Palantir, and is a former Board member of Zillow Group (Nasdaq: ZG), TripAdvisor (Nasdaq: TRIP), Zulily (Nasdaq: ZU), Julep, and several other tech companies.

In fall 2019 Spencer was a Visiting Executive Professor at Harvard Business School where he co-created and co-taught the “Managing Tech Ventures” course. In 2015, Spencer co-wrote and published the New York Times’ Best Seller “Zillow Talk: Rewriting the Rules of Real Estate.” Spencer is the host of "Office Hours,” a podcast featuring candid conversations between prominent executives on leadership, diversity and inclusion, and startups. Before his consumer web career, Spencer worked in investment banking at Goldman Sachs and in private equity at TPG Capital. He is also a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization. Spencer graduated cum laude from Harvard University.

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What is dot.LA?

Los Angeles has a vibrant tech scene -- startups, incubators, accelerators, founders, angel investors, venture firms, and more. I started dot.LA in early 2020 to highlight all of the innovation occurring in Southern California and to tell the stories of LA tech. We raised a venture capital round from LA's leading investors and founders and are now the pre-eminent news service covering LA tech.

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Office Hours with Spencer Rascoff

Office Hours

Hear Spencer discuss with other CEOs and business leaders – with a special focus on his hometown of Los Angeles -- how to manage, how to lead, and how to win in business.

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Office Hours with Spencer Rascoff

Dad, I have a question

"Dad I have a question" is a fun project I launched with my then 10-year old son. In this podcast, he asks me questions about politics, economics, technology and whatever else is on his mind.