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Our business depends on this one little joke

Jon and I were talking about a deal we’re considering doing. We were going through the pluses and minuses, trying to make sure we were both comfortable with it. One of us said: “…, and we would be putting out a ton of capital.” We both paused, laughed, and then shook our heads. The reason

An irritating refinancing issue

Have just begun the process of refinancing 201 N Ave 55, a 12 unit property we renovated and recently stabilized. Thought I’d share with you an irritating issue I’m running into, so that you aren’t surprised when it happens to you. Let me begin by giving you some sample numbers. These aren’t actuals for the

Thinking about the effect of competition on our business

Just started Peter Thiel’s book about start-ups. Among the more interesting arguments in the book is about competition. Thiel argues that competition is a bad thing for businesses, because economic theory teaches us that, in competitive markets, profit is competed down to zero. Instead of entering into competitive markets, Thiel advises striking out into new

Against the Broadway people-mover

Yesterday, Curbed had an article about the proposed DTLA people-mover, which is apparently going to travel about the speed of a walking human. I’ve been a supporter of the project for a while, because I love Broadway and want it to continue to improve. But I’ve changed my mind, and here’s why: Two days ago,

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