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Resisting magical thinking

Doing good deals is all about resisting magical thinking. Hour after hour, you comb through possible acquisition targets, looking for the needle in the haystack that will allow you, if everything goes well, to deliver the kinds of out-sized return your investors expect. When something looks like it might work, you build a model. You

A signaling problem in real estate transactions

Have been listening to a bunch of podcasts and reading a lot of blog posts about the venture capital / start-up space. Don’t worry, I’m not changing fields… am just curious about other kinds of businesses and always looking for analogies and ways to improve what we do. Core to the whole tech world is

The key to Opportunity Zones Deals

Got asked an interesting question by a journalist at the Opportunity Zone Expo, and wanted to share my answer here. Question: What is the most important thing to look out for when considering an opportunity zone investment? Answer: By far the most important thing is the quality of the deal itself. Right now, Opportunity Zones

Speaking at the Opportunity Zone Expo today

Am joining an interesting panel today at the Opportunity Zone Expo at the JW Marriott downtown, regarding selecting interesting opportunity zones in which to do business. We’ve done 10+ deals in relevant locations in LA over the past few years, all of which would have qualified for OZF status, had the law been in effect.

Back to doing what I love most

Have spent the past few months mostly focused on securing a pool of capital for us to invest during 2019. As you probably know, I’m getting better at fund-raising, but it’s not my favorite part of the business. Anyway, now that I have capital to deploy, have turned my attention back to finding interesting properties