Founder & Owner, Inman
Award-winning journalist and publisher. Entrepreneur and leader of successful companies. Innovator and thought leader. Brad Inman is all of these – and more.
He is founder and sole owner of Inman, real estate’s leading name in news, information and innovation since 1983. In addition, his Inman-branded real estate business and technology conferences bring thousands of thought leaders together each year to share best practices and promote innovation. Countless new products and companies – and successful real estate professionals – have been launched as a result of their attendance at Inman conferences.
A native of Carlinville, Illinois, and graduate of Boston University, Inman began his career as a housing policy analyst and community advocate who parlayed a weekly real estate column in the San Francisco Examiner at the dawn of the Internet era into a series of entrepreneurial ventures. In 1999, Inman founded HomeGain.com, an early provider of online marketing programs that connect agents with homebuyers and sellers. HomeGain was sold to Classified Ventures, LLC, in 2005. That same year, Inman founded TurnHere, an online commercial video platform and, in 2008, founded Vook, an online e-publishing platform. He also was an early investor in Curbed.com and served as chairman of the board before it was sold to Vox Media. A compelling speaker, he is a regular at real estate events around the nation and has been a visiting lecturer in the School of Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley.
Today, Inman has returned to his roots, focusing his efforts on managing the daily operations of Inman, working with an all-star team of online journalists and industry thought leaders to produce award-winning content, and serving as host and majordomo of the popular series of conferences that bear his name. A grandfather, father, husband (to Yaz Inman) and brother, he enjoys travel, entertaining friends and business associates and one-of-a-kind experiences, such as playing Elton John’s million-dollar piano.