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The Minds Behind Mynd

Mynd co-founders Doug Brien and Colin Wiel’s friendship traces back many years. From a mutual passion for real estate, the duo launched the 2nd largest NYSE publicly traded, single-family rental REIT in the US. Seemingly overnight, Waypoint Homes grew to 500+ staff, managing a portfolio of over $3 billion in rental properties across the country.

In 2014, Doug and Colin received the E&Y Northern California Entrepreneurs of the Year and were listed among the 100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs by Goldman Sachs. Even as industry detractors believed that single-family rentals couldn’t be managed efficiently at scale, the two men were recognized as industry trailblazers. And they weren’t finished.

Doug and Colin’s collective experience sparked an idea — cause a major shift in how real estate management is done. Where every investor-owner and tenant is truly respected, heard and valued by its rental property management company — not an afterthought.

The result is the first mobile-focused rental property management company in the country, powered by an industry-first mobile app that provides you rich, up-to-the-minute data on maintenance updates to rental income status and beyond.

You’ll now be a tap and swipe away from your rental properties, the same way you are with your stock market and other investments. Add in unparalleled service from a team who has your best interests at heart, at all times, and this is what Doug and Colin have in Mynd.

Our Founders

Doug Brien is endlessly curious about property management innovation and passionately committed to building solutions for the real estate arena.

Prior to being Co-Founder & CEO of Mynd, he was CEO of Starwood Waypoint Homes, (NYSE: SWAY), and grew the company to 500+ staff members, managing over $3 billion in rental properties across the country.

He was named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2014, and Goldman Sachs Top 100 Most Innovative Entrepreneurs in 2012.

Doug is a former NFL placekicker who won the Super Bowl XXIX championship as part of the San Francisco 49ers in 1994.

When Doug’s not obsessing over real estate and challenging traditional, ineffective ways of managing properties at scale, he’s an avid meditator and philanthropist who enjoys tackling the slopes, off-roading on a mountain bike, or spending time with his wife and three children.

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Colin Wiel holds multiple patents in artificial intelligence, has redefined Boeing’s control systems, and has launched his own programming consulting firm. He is clearly no stranger to innovation.

Prior to being Co-Founder, Chairman & CTO of Mynd, Colin was Co-Founder and CIO of Waypoint Homes, now Starwood Waypoint (NYSE: SWAY), and grew the company to be the second largest SFR real estate investment trust (REIT), managing 17,000+ homes across the country.  

He was named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2014, and Goldman Sachs Top 100 Most Innovative Entrepreneurs in 2012.

When Colin’s not devising new ways to immerse technology into the fabric of real estate and property management, he’s spending time with his two boys, engaging in wildlife and nature conservation efforts, and actively participating in various expressions of humanity, community, and philanthropy.

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