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Why we don’t get capital from investment bankers

Had a nice-but-unhelpful call with a real estate investment banker yesterday and thought the conversation would make for a good blog post. First: What’s a real estate investment banker? That’s a fancy name for a person or company that connects operators (like us!) with debt and equity. Generally, “investment banker” is used to distinguish the

(Re)tenanting a vacant building

Regular readers know that we’ve renovated and re-tenanted something like 80 buildings over the past ten years. If you haven’t done this kind of thing before, you have no idea how complicated it is and how much can go wrong. Over 80 buildings, we have made every kind of mistake you can think of. We’ve

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

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