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Job Posting: Loveland is hiring a General Manager

By Jerry Paffendorf on November 20, 2018

Job Posting: General Manager for LOVELAND Technologies / The Land Grid

Location: Detroit, MI or remote with regular trips to Detroit

Contact: with General Manager in the subject line


About LOVELAND Technologies / The Land Grid:

Loveland is a software and data company that specializes in mapping the world's property information at the parcel level. We have found this to be a unique niche in the mapping and data space that is valuable to a broad range of customers, and we have painstakingly assembled our own 137 million parcel dataset covering 95% of US residents.

Over the last several years we have created a successful suite of products, a growing customer base and project portfolio, and a stable organization with twelve people currently on staff. We believe we have an opportunity to double or triple our revenue in 2019 with support from a General Manager.

Visitors and customers currently surf our parcels for free at and use our paid subscription tools at to map and survey properties. We also license our nationwide dataset to researchers and app developers at, and directly help communities execute large-scale property surveys and door-to-door outreach efforts.

You can see a brief 4-minute video of our CEO talking about some of our work, projects, and vision at the NY Times Cities for Tomorrow conference:

Loveland is currently rebranding and combining its websites, software as a service, and dataset into one unified offering called The Land Grid (soon to be at, which will be the core business within the LOVELAND Technologies portfolio, with additional services building on The Land Grid to follow.

We have seen how the underlying land grid of property shapes, ownership, zoning, land use, architecture, nature, taxes, infrastructure, and other characteristics is an essential element of our world, our communities, and our economy that has not been adequately understood and used to make better decisions. The opportunity space is large.

Our goal is to be the essential, affordable, user-friendly platform for gathering, showing, surfing, assessing, and working with parcel level data about properties, land use, and habitation, and to help others put the data to work in their own projects and businesses.

Our headquarters are in Detroit with employees in Ann Arbor, the Bay Area, New York City, and Cleveland.


General Manager at LOVELAND Technologies / The Land Grid:

As General Manager you will oversee, manage, and grow The Land Grid business. You will be responsible for managing the team of twelve, delegating tasks, and making sure we meet the goals of our product roadmap. You will also be responsible for tracking and increasing subscription sales by better meeting the needs of our customers. This is a leadership role and you will work closely with our CEO, COO, and CTO to grow the business, and we will share an Executive Assistant.

You should have experience with and be passionate about software startups, leading teams, getting things done, and scaling companies. You should also have an appreciation for mapping and mapping interfaces, subscription services, data in general, and how better land use and location data can support better decision-making. You should be comfortable closing sales and making product decisions that increase sales.

Essential Functions:

    1. Becoming a confident and empowered team leader with support from the CEO, COO, and CTO

    2. Being a point of contact for everyone on the team to make sure basic operations are being handled by teammates (customers are being properly invoiced and closed, checks are being cashed, bills are being paid, inquiries are being replied to, etc.)

    3. Making sure we are staying on schedule with our product roadmap and that our design decisions are meeting customer needs

    4. Strategizing with the data team to add the most valuable new data to the product to meet customer needs

    5. Helping track and meet subscription sales goals, and modifying the product and roadmap as necessary

    6. Identifying staffing needs to support customer and team happiness, and to meet product and revenue goals

    7. Communicating with leadership who will be setting up strategic partnerships and large customer projects for the platform

    8. Participating in conversations and decisions around overall improvements to the company, from staffing to marketing to new opportunities

We are offering strong compensation, profit sharing, six weeks of vacation, and health insurance contributions.

Ideally you are in the Detroit area, but we are comfortable with you being remote as long as you can regularly travel for executive and team meetings.


If you think this opportunity is for you, please send your résumé to with General Manager in the subject line.

Thank you and see you on The Land Grid!

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By Jerry Paffendorf on November 20, 2018

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Introducing the 3Cs Mapping Project

By Jerry Paffendorf on April 18, 2017

Loveland is very happy to share the public release of, featuring our next generation of city mapping and property dashboards.

The 3Cs project is a partnership with the Western Reserve Land Conservancy and JPMorgan Chase to provide community mapping and surveying tools for Cleveland, Cincinnati, and Columbus, Ohio. It is also a partnership with a growing number of local organizations who are using and contributing to the data.

Visit to jump right in, or press play on the video and scroll down for an overview.

Here's a quick walkthrough of the new superpowers on the site:

1. Explore the maps

Click around the maps to see parcel-level data for cities and neighborhoods, including property ownership, zoning, sale prices, and taxes. Click "Explore datasets" to open up a panel with additional datasets for each city. Click "Add to Map" to visualize the dataset. Click Query to further filter the data on the map.

Here's a great example, visualizing the citywide property survey of Cleveland conducted by the Western Reserve Land Conservancy with the Loveland Survey App:

2. Add your own data

If you have a spreadsheet with an address, parcel ID, or latitude-longitude column, you can easily visualize it on the map and share it with other people. Click "Explore datasets" and then click "Add your own data." From there you simply import your file and then give it a name, description, and credit the source. It's never been easier to make and share awesome maps. We're signing up data partners in each city who want to help find and update new information. If you're interested, or if you need data that's not currently on the map, please email

3. Survey properties

Download the Loveland Survey App for iPhone or Android to photograph to photograph and survey properties from the field. Each city starts with a Sandbox Survey where you can test out sending pictures and information to the public map. Watch out for official citywide and neighborhood surveys, and if you want to start your own public survey, email

But wait. Are you one of the 96 out of 100 Americans who doesn't live in the great state of Ohio? Would you like to see these kinds of mapping capabilities in your city or state? Let us know. We're looking for a few more cities (or towns or counties or states) to work with this year. You can reach us at

All the best from Detroit, land of enchantment (with all due respect to New Mexico),


313-649-5263 (LAND)

407 E Fort St, Suite 100
Detroit, MI 48226

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What's new at Loveland Technologies? Boldly going where no parcel map has gone before

By Jerry Paffendorf on January 9, 2017

Happy 2017! Here's the New Year update we sent to our mailing list:

Loveland 2017

Alright busy people, before diving into a New Year update, let me put 2 opportunities at the very top:

1.) Want to contribute to the public map, no experience required?

We've assembled more than 134 million US parcels on (translation: that's an awful lot). We want to keep the data flowing for you, so we're preparing to make it drop dead simple for anyone with a spreadsheet that has addresses, coordinates, OR parcel IDs to easily publish it to the public map where everyone can see it. If you, your city, county, state, or organization has data you want to publish, please reach out to us at so we can bring you into the beta. Or heck, if you don't have data but you want to seek it out and add it to the public map because it sounds fun and interesting, please let us know. This is going to be really cool and create a lot of new local and national insights. Don't worry if you don't have prior experience. We're making it easy.

2.) Can we help you accomplish something in 2017?

While we're only a couple of days into the year, 2017 still has its new year smell, so it's the right time to decide to take charge and Do Something Great, dang it, before inertia grabs you and your ambition starts wanting to sleep in til noon. If there's a mapping, surveying, data wrangling, consulting, or research project we can help you with this year, just give us a shout to discuss it. Our mapping tools can help you do a lot right out of the box, we love to partner on interesting projects, and we certainly aren't afraid of challenging situations. Approaching property, planning, and land use challenges with great technology, creative thinking, practical strategies, and a good attitude is sort of our thing.

OK, now on to the wider update:

Happy New Year to everyone who's followed, supported, and/or found value in our work over the years. It's always an adventure, but 2016 seems to have been a pretty weird year for almost everyone. Must be something in the air as more people and things come online for the first time and start to connect. It's like the world is between eras and everything feels out of socket. Without clear leaders or examples of how to navigate whatever exactly has changed, an uncertain mood has set in.

Just like you are, we're also surfing the change. In 2017 we'll be making some really significant updates that we hope you'll love, and that we hope keep us adaptive to all the change that's happening.

We're working on folding our professional mapping tools and our free information together into one clear site at that's dedicated to putting everything you wanted to know about and do with property together in one place. Something we've wrestled with over the years is that we're very good (or very bad ) at spinning up new sites, which can be refreshing, but can also end up being confusing.

'Wait, I signed up for a account, why am I on And how is this different than'

/holds head in hands

So there will be one site where you can freely look up information, and from which you easily upgrade to professional tools in your own private workspace. Hurrah. (Note: For existing customers nothing will change besides things continuing to get better and better.)

Crucially, we're also going to open up the site so that anyone who has property or spatial data can easily publish it to the public map. Our little team has done an incredible job assembling a nationwide dataset of parcels. Now it's time to open things up for anyone with a spreadsheet who wants to give it a name and a description and share it with the world. We're also preparing to plug into more live open data portals, and make it easy for cities to publish directly to Loveland.

If we do it properly, there will be a LOT more data flowing through Loveland in more places around the country, and the world. Heck, there'll even be a lot more in Detroit.

So stay tuned, and if there's a project you want to work on with us in 2017, drop us a line at In addition to updating the platform, we're suckers for helping partners with interesting projects and challenges. (You'll see some new project releases in some new cities coming out soon. )

To our customers, our users, our partners, our neighbors, our friends, our community: all of the best from our team, thank you for your support, and Happy New Year,

Jerry Paffendorf

CEO, LOVELAND Technologies



407 E Fort St, Suite 100
Detroit, MI 48226