At Underbelly, we want our team to thrive. That means giving our team time and space to grow their ideas. Each year, we offer two team members the chance to focus solely on their dream project and, for three months, they are their own client. This effort, called Venture, kicked off in December of 2015 with Kickback.
This year, we collectively decided to support Proxy, an app for real estate agents that automates the otherwise time-consuming process of scheduling home showings for prospective buyers. Why? Proxy co-founder and Underbelly Product Designer, Jeff Smith, also has his real estate license—and has actually been working as an agent off and on since high school. (Fun story: his mom got him and his brothers into the industry at a young age. Her agency, Lady Bug Realty, is still running strong). From being familiar with time consuming tasks like figuring out the best route to view properties or when to show each property to following up with clients and keeping home showing information organized and easy to access, Jeff understands the challenges of traditional home showings. He knew there must be a better way.