2023 Rising Star: Brian Tolkin


Brian Tolkin is the vice president of product at Opendoor. Over the past five years, Tolkin has played a critical role in shaping, building and ultimately leading Opendoor’s innovative product teams. Leading six teams consisting of more than 60 engineers and developers, Tolkin has created and launched some of Opendoor’s most cutting-edge products. From digitizing Opendoor’s entire customer experience to shepherding a product partnership that brought together two category leaders to fundamentally transform the way people move, Tolkin is helping to lead the digital evolution in real estate.

Throughout Tolkin’s career at Opendoor, he has gained a wealth of knowledge and experience by working across many areas of the organization, which he uses to guide cross-functional teams to enhance their communication skills and industry acumen. His work spans Opendoor’s field operations, sales and support tooling and enterprise and growth platforms. He enables Opendoor to move faster, build better products and produce more consistent results for the customer. Tolkin is the epitome of “1% Better Every Day” — one of Opendoor’s nine operating principles. He is not only a leader of the product team, but he is a culture champion for all Opendoor employees. Whether he is leading company-wide meetings with mediocre jokes, passionate customer stories or in-depth product tutorials, Tolkin is a role model for many within the company. 

What is one habit that has helped you succeed?

I am an early riser and use the extra morning hours to get a jumpstart on the day. With the extra hours, I will either work out, connect with people in other time zones or simply focus on the day ahead.


Brian Tolkin




Vice President of Product

Company Name:



Real Estate

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