The Opendoor Founder bought his first house when he was still studying at the University of Arizona.
Eric Wu, Founder of the real estate start-up Opendoor that lets users buy and sell their homes online, first broke into the industry back in college, when he used his scholarship money to buy about 25 properties.
Wu realized while studying at the University of Arizona that he had collected enough scholarship money to cover a roughly $20,000 downpayment on a three-bedroom home by his school’s campus in Tucson, according to CNBC. Soon after, he refinanced his mortgage on that home to afford a downpayment on a second home — the pattern repeated itself until he owned more than 20 Arizona properties.
Wu also spent a lot of time learning to write computer code and build websites in college and, with those skills, in 2008 he co-founded RentAdvisor.com, a platform where people could post reviews of landlords and neighborhoods for renters trying to figure out where to live.
RentAdvisor was sold to Apartment List in 2013, and Wu co-founded Opendoor the following year. The company now has more than 1,300 employees and has raised $1.3 billion in outside funding, with investors including Softbank’s Vision Fund and Travis Kalanick’s fund 10100.
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