In 2016, we set out to create the world's most efficient real estate brokerage—one that integrated systems, made agents more productive, and provided clients with better visibility and an unmatched customer experience. It worked great. Our team was efficient and our clients were delighted, that is, until another agent got involved.
As two agents working in two separate systems, collaboration was near impossible. We were left sifting through emails, rewriting contracts, and juggling constant back-and-forth messages, all while our clients were left in the dark. Something had to give. We decided this was a problem worth solving, not just for ourselves but for everyone.
Over the next few months, we scrapped everything and went back to the drawing board. Taking into account all we had learned from building our own technology and operating a multi-geography brokerage, we set out to build an enterprise-grade software solution to tackle this problem.
We quickly realized the most critical point in the transaction process—when more parties got involved and communication began to break down—was the offer. So we focused our attention here, setting out to build the real estate industry’s most collaborative offer management platform.
Began working toward our mission of building a more connected real estate experience.
Started a tech-forward brokerage aimed at helping agents work more efficiently while providing an unparalleled client experience
Started building digital products to help agents better serve their clients
An automated home value chatbot to help home sellers better understand their home’s value.
Brought efficiency and transparency to the home selling process.
Our second digital product—a digital dashboard for home sellers to stay up-to-date and on track with critical to-dos.
Set our sights on expansion beyond Austin to help even more agents and clients.
Our third digital product—a digital listings platform to help modern-day home buyers streamline their home search.
Grew the brokerage to Houston and San Antonio—helping agents serve hundreds of home buyers and sellers across Texas.
Discovered the missing ingredient for real estate transactions—collaboration.
Dropped everything, set the brokerage aside, and pivoted the company to focus on solving this problem, not just for ourselves but for everyone.
Ramped up our team and got to work building the industry’s first digital collaboration platform for real estate transactions.
Tested the app with a group of agents and found the average time to draft an offer went from 30 minutes down to 5.
Officially released Jointly into the world with a private beta for agents in the Austin market.
Received the first offer on the Jointly platform.
The virtues that help guide us in working toward the Jointly vision.Join our team
We adapt quickly to new challenges and are constantly innovating and improving both as a company and as individuals.
We take calculated risks and make the best decisions we can based on the information, time, and options available to us, and we stick with them long enough to know if we’ve made the right call. Our egos are bruised by mistakes as we know success is achieved through learning and iterating.
We show up for one another—whether it’s a coworker, customer, or our community. We carry an authentic and altruistic spirit to uplift those around us and go the extra mile to help others succeed.
With every interaction—with one another, our customers, and strangers—we choose to add energy, not detract it. We are optimistic by default. We show up intentionally and remain present—always actively listening and engaged.
We feel everyone on the team has something unique to offer and we trust one another to know how to best get our work done. We feel empowered to invent our own solutions without having to ask for approval, and know we have support should we seek guidance or clarification from teammates.
We prioritize quality over quantity in every situation—whether hiring for a team, explaining a complex concept, or deciding the scope of a project. We stay focused on doing our best work, not the most work.
We are committed to a relentless pursuit of mastery in all that we do, both as a team and as individuals. We are passionate, perseverant, and resilient in the face of obstacles and setbacks.
Devin Dvorak is a third-generation Realtor with a love-hate relationship with the real estate industry—he loves the dream of ownership but hates how unnecessarily complicated and inefficient the process is. After receiving a Fulbright Research Grant to study microcredits in Argentina, he started his professional career helping expand a national mortgage bank where he grew to be the CFO. Jointly is the crossroads of his intimate industry knowledge and his vision to overcome its technological shortcomings. Outside of real estate, he is working on a new business venture that brings to life his passion for Argentina and his appetite for discovering its culinary treasures, Argentine.com.
Daniel O'Connor is a technologist with over 15 years of experience in software development and a deep passion for real estate. As a former Director at Gotransverse, he led numerous companies featured on Fortune's 100 Fastest-Growing & Fortune 500 to architect, develop, and implement new revenue models. At National Instruments, Daniel grew from a software developer to a solutions-based manager leading new development initiatives for over 3,500 engineering and manufacturing users.
Jessica Lemley is a Product Manager and Product Design Lead with over a decade of experience bringing products and companies to market. She spent six years as a Psychological Operations Specialist for the Army Reserves and shortly after obtained a BA in Entrepreneurship from Kent State University. Since then, she has spent her career helping startups across a myriad of industries build and launch successful software products using Lean and Agile practices.
Lindsey Hood is a multi-faceted marketer with a passion for building impactful brands. From Fortune 500 companies to startups, her experience crosses an array of industries, including real estate, investment banking, consumer apps, and online learning. Prior to Jointly, she worked for several tech-forward brokerages including Compass in Washington, DC. Her passion for entrepreneurship led her to join Techstars Austin where she supported early-stage startups through a 3-month accelerator program. She earned her BS in Economics and Finance from the University of Delaware.