Member Since March 2012
As co-founder and CEO of OJO, John Berkowitz dreams big on behalf of customers and ensures he has the right people in place to make the company’s collective vision a reality. Specifically, he oversees all operations and resources, develops short-term and long-term strategies, executes the company’s business plan to align with our mission and goals, and spearheads all fundraising and acquisition efforts. Since founding OJO Labs in 2015, Berkowitz has introduced the only solution homebuyers, sellers, and owners need to navigate the complex real estate landscape. Most recently, he spearheaded the acquisitions of real estate search site Movoto and personal finance platform Digs. Berkowitz’s track record of building and scaling successful, mission-driven technology companies with award-winning workplaces paved the way for the formation of OJO. He has received numerous industry and leadership accolades including: Austin Business Journal’s Best Small Company CEO, Austin Under 40 Award in real estate, HousingWire Vanguards, RISMedia Newsmakers, Swanepoel’s SP200 and The Most Powerful Technology Executives in The Residential Real Estate Brokerage Industry. Berkowitz’s commitment to building a positive work environment has culminated in a number of workplace awards, including Fortune Best Workplaces in Technology, Inc. Best Workplaces, Austin Business Journal Best Workplaces, and Built In Austin’s Best Places to Work. Prior to founding OJO, Berkowitz co-founded and scaled Yodle, an all-in-one digital marketing platform, to more than 50,000 SMB customers, over 1,400 employees, and 200M+ in revenue. In 2016, Yodle was acquired by Web.com in a $342 million all cash transaction. Berkowitz is an active mentor of entrepreneurial talent and deeply committed to the Austin community. For the past 8 years, he has dedicated his entrepreneurial background and resources to CASA of Travis County to fight for the welfare of children in the community. Serving as President, Vice President, Fundraising Chair, and Governance Chair of the board of CASA of Travis County, he has put countless hours towards fulfilling the organization’s mission.
Executive team leaders serve as role models by supporting the company mission, maintaining a high standard of work output, encouraging individual growth and leading the company to success. A member of an executive team must wear a lot of hats, so business owners should carefully consider who would be a good fit for such a key position. To help, the members of Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) reflected on the following question:
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OJO provides the only solution homebuyers, sellers, and owners need to navigate the complex real estate landscape. The company's personalized experience for home buying and selling at scale meets consumers wherever they are in their journey, fusing machine intelligence and human expertise to provide customers with personalized guidance as individual as they are. Today, homeownership isn’t within reach of everyone. OJO aims to close that gap so that all people — regardless of race, class, or gender — can experience the physical, financial, and emotional haven that home provides. We match each real estate moment, so everyone feels ready, equipped, and inspired to take the next step. Through a deep understanding of each customer's needs and preferences, OJO delivers tailored support and insights. We have a network of top-rated real estate professionals, and we’ll match each customer with the expert who can best support their individual journey. Whether you’re buying, selling, or managing your home as an asset, OJO is a lifelong solution that helps each customer move forward when the time’s right — with support, knowledge, and confidence. A rapidly growing organization, OJO is backed by a number of leading VC firms across the United States. The company has been recognized with more than 30 major industry and workplace awards: Deloitte Technology Fast 500, Fortune Best Small + Medium Companies to Work For, Austin Business Journal Best Places to Work and Best CEO, AI Breakthrough Awards, and HousingWire Tech 100. OJO is headquartered in Austin, with operations in Minneapolis, MN, Chicago, IL, San Mateo, CA, Bangalore, India, and St. Lucia. For more information visit OJO.com