Olympic Entrepreneur


Olympic Entrepreneur

Sky Christopherson, Warren '06

They say “a picture is worth a thousand words.” For Sky Christopherson, co-founder of Vicaso.com, this couldn’t be closer to the truth.

Christopherson already had a lifetime of achievement prior to graduating from UC San Diego in 2006, with a degree in visual arts. He was an alternate on the U.S. Cycling Team for the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta and for the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia. On the second day of the Sydney games, he proposed to teammate, U.S.A. kayaker, Tamara Jenkins, Muir ’05. After the Olympics the two retired and attended UCSD together.

In 2006, Sky and Tamara co-founded Vicaso, a Seattle-based high-tech real estate photography service that has helped sell more than 19,000 properties in 12 major U.S. real estate markets with its TrueView imaging platform. According to the 2011 National Association of Realtors Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers, 88 percent used the Internet for their home search, up from a mere two percent in 1997, and Vicaso is part of this new way of buying.

In 2006, its first year, the startup was wildly successful, turning over $1.2 million. But the true test came in 2008 when the company showed its staying power by surviving the real estate bubble. Since then, it has grown to span many major cities across the country and now boasts $4 million in revenues.

Vicaso is the exclusive provider to companies like Redfin.com, and has relationships with hundreds of top brokerages including Prudential, Remax, Coldwell Banker and Century 21. The company’s mission is to elevate the online virtual experience, empowering buyers to make their next step (a purchase) with confidence. Many have reported that Vicaso.com plays a key role in speed to market, reduced time on market and higher average closing prices.

Sky credits the visual arts program at UCSD for the transferrable skills he gained and uses daily.

While growing his company, Christopherson completed a film he started as part of a UCSD honors program. The Greater Meaning of Water is about a breath-hold free diver, and went on to win “Best Cinematography” for feature film, and received the “Audience Choice” award at the 2010 Los Angeles Sports Film Festival and “Best Spiritual Film” at the Amsterdam International Film Festival.

Malinda Danziger, ’00