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How I quit worrying and learned to love raising capital

All the capital for my second through 12th deals came from one of my best friends from highschool. Once he forced me to start raising money from other people, I remember complaining to him that I hated raising capital. You should have seen the stupefied look on his face, right before he said: “You realize

A surprising admission from Mr. Fund of Funds

Was at a terrible conference early this week, when I heard something amazing. It came from a guy who runs a fund that invests in other managers’ private equity funds… in other words, a “fund-of-funds”. Someone in the audience, presumably an aspiring fund manager, asked Mr. Fund-of-Funds how much of a co-invest he wants to

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

A great capital partner

Yesterday, a long-time capital partner and I finalized the operating agreement for the entity for a new deal we’re doing and, because the process unfolded in precisely the way I like to do business, I want to highlight it here: We brought the deal to this partner about a month ago, after we had inspected

How we think about apartment design

When you’re designing apartment buildings, you need to resolve the following tension: You want the units to be cool enough to attract tenants today, while making them timeless enough to attract tenants for decades to come. We have settled on what I like to think of as “authentic Socal minimalism”: “Authentic”, because we avoid using

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