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Suddenly, everyone cares about insurance

The wild fires currently raging all over California have me (and some of my investors!) thinking about insurance. In general, the insurance premia Adaptive pays on our buildings can appear high, relative to premia paid by owners. Why? Most owners do the following: Buy an insurance policy when they first buy their building. Then, each

Telling our story (again)

I remember reading one time that being the leader of an organization means repeating that organization’s story over and over and over again, to anyone willing to listen. Lately, I’ve found myself telling all kinds of people what we’re about. So, I figured I’d repeat it here, for those of you willing to listen. Adaptive:

The other LA tech story

Everyone interested in LA’s tech sector has been talking up Silicon Beach for years. SB is the constellation of tech companies, including SnapChat, Google, Facebook and others which are located on the Westside, mostly in Santa Monica and Playa Vista. But I think all the attention paid to SB has obscured the most interesting story

The “How much are you putting in” Test

Whenever I’m out raising capital for an opportunity, I get asked the following question: How much of your own money are you putting in? I understand why people ask. They are trying to determine how much conviction I have in the opportunity. The more I put in, the more conviction I have that this is

What we ignore

Just finished work on the deck for our new fund*, and thought I’d share a “philosophy” slide of which I’m particularly proud. Veteran investors / sponsors will notice that our way of thinking about deals differs dramatically from those of most real estate private equity shops. For example, as you will see below, we refuse,

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