Spencer Rascoff

Co-founder & Chair: Pacaso, Recon Food, dot.LA, Supernova
Director, Palantir
Office Hours podcast, Investor, author
Former Zillow, Hotwire, prof HBS

Spencer Rascoff is an entrepreneur and company leader who is Chair and Co-founder of Pacaso, Recon Fooddot.LA and Supernova. He is an active angel investor in over 75 companies and serves on the Board of Palantir (NYSE: PLTR).

Spencer co-founded Zillow in 2006 and 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 a former Director 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. He also co-hosts along with his son, Luke, the “Dad I have a question” podcast. 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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75 & Sunny

What is 75 & Sunny?

Spencer is the founder and general partner of 75 & Sunny, an LA-based venture fund and startup studio. 75 & Sunny has made over 80 investments to date, in sectors including proptech, the future of work, and the creator economy. Spencer works closely with the founders in the 75 & Sunny portfolio, bringing his two decades of startup and technology experience to bear in partnering with founders at all stages of their journey.

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What is Recon?

Recon Food is a social media app that brings people together through a shared love of food. Spencer co-founded Recon Food with his daughter Sophia, who wanted a way to reconnect with her friends and family but was tired of the divisiveness of traditional social media.

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What is Pacaso?

Pacaso is a real estate service that helps people buy and own a share of a second home. The mission of Pacaso is to enrich lives by making second home ownership possible and enjoyable for more people. Pacaso has raised more than $250 million in funding and operates in top second home destinations across the United States. The company is an intentionally distributed workforce actively hiring for roles in technology, business and sales.

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What is Supernova?

Supernova Partners Acquisition Company, Inc. was established to partner with an advantaged growth company that benefits from thematic shifts and tech-enabled trends. Our team has decades of operational, investment and acquisition experience across both public and private companies. Our collective experience provides us a distinctive ability to identify and partner with a high-quality company and add value through active and engaged involvement with its management team.

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What is dot.LA?

dot.LA is the leading news service covering the Los Angeles tech and startup scene. Through our events, podcasts, and news coverage, we shine a light on the innovation economy in Southern California.

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Current Investments

Spencer is an active angel investor with investments in over 50 startups. He typically invests in the pre-seed or seed stage. Investing themes include: future of work (HR Tech), real estate (PropTech), marketplaces, direct-to-consumer ecommerce, travel, and moonshots. You can learn more about his investing in this blog post. Selected portfolio company investments:

Office Hours with Spencer Rascoff

Office Hours

Hear Spencer discuss with other CEOs and business leaders how to manage, how to lead, and how to win in business.

Latest episode

An In-Depth Conversation on Venture Investing & Startup Dynamics with Dana Settle, co-founder Greycroft

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.