"It was one of the most hotly awaited IPOs of 2017. Redfin, a Seattle-based real estate site, took off after hiring agents and cutting way down on their fees through technology like map-based searches, house-tour booking and tracking of the closing process. In 2005, CEO Glenn Kelman joined the company, and once it survived – barely – the 2008 housing downturn and recession, the will-they-or-won’t-they debate around an IPO began. By 2016, when Redfin earned $267 million in revenue, leadership thought the time might finally be right to go public. Marker asked Kelman and 11 others involved to get candid about the process."
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