Ben Rubenstein is Chief Revenue Officer, realtor.com®, in this role, Ben is responsible for overseeing the combined sales organization. He founded Opcity in 2015 to match qualified home buyers and sellers with real estate professionals. Ben and his team built the company’s client base to more than 11,000 brokers and more than 100,000 agents, and are now part of realtor.com after an acquisition in 2018. Before Opcity, he founded Yodle, a company that provides local online advertising and marketing services, and grew Yodle to 1,500 employees and 55,000 small business customers during his time there. Ben won the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year award in 2018, and has also been recognized by INC 30 under 30 and the Empact 100. He is particularly proud of leading Opcity to be named “Best Places to Work” by the Austin Business Journal and “Top Workplaces” by the Austin American-Statesman.
The work realtor.com does to help people into homes is part of building strong communities; in that sense, community involvement is important to Ben both personally and professionally.
Ben is a very active member of CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates). CASA helps abused and displaced children in the court system. Case workers are often overwhelmed with cases, family might be unavailable, and children don’t always know what’s in their best interest, so the organization provides individual advocates to make a recommendation to the court on the child’s behalf.
Ben has been involved with CASA in several different capacities; most importantly, he has been a volunteer assigned to a 13-year-old boy. In addition, he has served as President, Vice-President, and Treasurer of the Board of Directors, contributing to fundraising, corporate governance, and recruiting and training other volunteers.
Ben also ensures that realtor.com’s Austin offices are very connected to the local community. The Austin team holds quarterly blood drives, volunteers at the Central Texas Food Bank, participates in the Austin Police Toy Drive, collects canned goods for the Capital Area Food Bank; they even built a Butterfly Garden for the Salvation Army Women’s Shelter.