Spencer Rascoff, CEO of online real estate database Zillow, has announced to his 20,290 Twitter followers that he is coming round to the idea of bitcoin.
The entrepreneur indicated yesterday that he was gearing up to embrace digital currencies.
A tweet today from the Harvard graduate confirmed he had taken the plunge and invested in some bitcoins:
Bought some bitcoin this morning. Buckle up.
Just yesterday, Wales tweeted about bitcoin and indicated that he would discuss bitcoin acceptance with board members.
While Rascoff may seem pro-bitcoin now, he appeared on Bloomberg TV last November openly criticising the cryptocurrecy. He said:
Jill Simmons, spokesperson for Zillow, told CoinDesk that while Rascoff may be expressing interest in bitcoin, this doesn't necessarily mean his company is exploring bitcoin acceptance.
"Spencer’s decision to buy bitcoin was a personal one and doesn’t reflect any upcoming policies within Zillow," she said.
Zillow is a real estate marketplace helping homeowners, buyers and agents to find and share vital information about homes, real estate and mortgages. Founded in 2005, the Zillow website is one of the most-visited real-estate brands in the US.
Between 2005 and 2011, the company raised funding totalling $92.5m with investors including Technology Crossover Ventures and PAR Capital Management. Zillow began trading on NASDAQ Stock Market in July 2011, raising $4.13m in post IPO funding.
Rascoff was named one of America’s most powerful CEOs 40 and Under by Forbes magazine for the last two years. Before taking up his role at Zillow, he co-founded Hotwire.com, a discount travel website.
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