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Looking for talent (as usual!)

Regular readers know I’m fascinated by the history of the Blackstone Group, which is currently the world’s largest alternative asset manager. I love the story. Steve Schwarzman and Pete Peterson took one look at what KKR was doing with earlier LBOs and immediate set out to build their own shop. But they didn’t stick to

Where my ideas come from

Was talking my Lyft driver’s ear off yesterday about how he ought to skip law-school and instead start or buy his own business. Realized that I have a very specific view on how someone can go about doing this that has been shaped by a lot of reading / listening over time. Figured I’d share

One of the dumbest things I ever did

Was just going back through old posts for inspiration and came across this one, which rivals anything I’ve ever done for shear idiocy. If you found gold lying on the ground, would you: Jump up and down screaming about how there was gold on the ground so as to call it to the attention of

The market feels different

Regular readers know that I often complain about the lack of deals in the market. I’ve been doing it for years and I’m sure I’ll never stop. (I can hear Mr. Lyons, my old faculty advisor at the Phillipian, repeating his joke about the whiny Kagan brothers…) But, right now, the LA multifamily market feels

Classic bad advice at a broker conference

Spent most of the day yesterday at the annual Marcus & Millichap LA apartment conference. As part of an on-stage interview, one broker (I won’t say which one) was asked what he sees happening over the next year. He went into a whole rap about how “it’s a good time to sell, there is capital

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