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And… I’m back

Going to try to get back to writing, both because it brings new people into our world and also because it helps me clarify my thinking. Figured I’d start with an update on Adaptive. Long-time followers of our company know that we started Adaptive in 2012 with one employee, $0 in assets under management, and

The deals I’m proudest of

People often ask me where I get my deals. More and more, we get them off-market, from agents with whom we have pre-existing relationships. But those aren’t the deals I’m proudest of. After all, it doesn’t take a genius to decide to buy a building for $235 / sq ft when it would cost $350

What I’ve learned about hiring and team building

Of all the things we do at Adaptive, the least glamorous, but possibly most important, is hiring and building team culture. In building our team, we confront a set of annoying problems: We are not exactly curing cancer here at Adaptive. Very, very few people grow up excited about the idea of renovating and managing

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

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