CRE Tech – What’s Going On?

CRE Tech – What’s Going On?

From the time I was a kid until my mid-30’s, I was a big fan of Sports Illustrated. It would arrive every week and I would typically read it from cover to cover. There were a few special issues throughout the year that peaked my interest, but nothing more than Sportsperson of the Year. It would include a huge feature on the person that they chose every year that impacted sports in a positive way. The issue would also provide a year-end perspective on sports, allowing you to look back on everything that happened in the past 12 months.

With A Little Help From My Friends

With A Little Help From My Friends

Last week, I attended the CRE//Tech event in Los Angeles. While I flew 3,000 miles to be there, the journey started over a year ago.

It started with a simple phone call to my friend, Pierce Neinken, the founder of what was then called CRE//Tech Intersect. I explained to him that I was hoping he would partner with Michael Beckerman and The News Funnel to take it to the next level.

Tell Me Why

Tell Me Why

Last month, I left behind a 19-year career in office leasing. My team was clicking on all cylinders with great corporate accounts, a strong local tenant rep practice and over 5m sf of landlord agency assignments. As I mentioned in my last post, I felt it was time to make a change so I joined the Capital Markets Team.

Walk On

Walk On

“We tore it apart and put together again.” Bruce Springsteen

When I left Cushman & Wakefield in early-2011, I couldn’t get Bruce’s Don’t Look Back out of my head. In fact, the morning my partner, Joe Sarno, and I resigned, I posted a live version on Facebook. 

Duke’s List and Why It’s A Big Deal

Duke’s List and Why It’s A Big Deal

My parents were VERY excited that I made Duke Long’s Updated 2017 Top 150 Commercial Real Estate People You Must Connect With On LinkedIn. It’s fun to be included, especially when you see the other 149 people on the list and when you consider its curator.

Why I Like Working with Athletes

Why I Like Working with Athletes

My nine-year old daughter had a softball game earlier this week. She pitched the first inning for her team, and while her control wasn’t her best, she also wasn’t getting any help from the umpire. Coaches from both sides shook their heads as the 15-year old umpire called several pitches down the middle as balls.

A Long Time Ago...

A Long Time Ago...

Today marks the 40th anniversary of release of one of my favorite movies of all time, Star Wars. For those that are confused, I am referring to the original, also known as A New Hope, or Episode IV.

IBM Says Get Back to the Office

IBM Says Get Back to the Office

According to an article today which I found through The News Funnel, IBM has issued an edict that all employees in certain divisions must either abandon their home work spaces and relocate to a regional office. If not, they can find another job with another company. Interesting news considering IBM sells products that enable people to work from anywhere at any time.

Lesson for Young Brokers from the CEO of Microsoft

Lesson for Young Brokers from the CEO of Microsoft

I skim a lot of articles. Hundreds a week. Some are worthy of reading while others aren’t. Then there are a select few that I read multiple times to make sure I retain the information.

This past weekend, I read an article on Inc.com about career advice from the CEO of Microsoft, Satya Nadella. The headline of the article promised that it could all be summed up in one sentence. I skimmed forward and looked for the lesson, which may sound simple, but is really brilliant.

How that Facebook Guy Will Change Our Industry…And More

How that Facebook Guy Will Change Our Industry…And More

Imagine driving up to a building, holding up your phone and being able to see the stacking plan, ownership information, asking rental rates and any other information typically available. The owner could even put a sign on the building with a tenant’s logo or name before a space tour.

Driverless Cars – The Gensler Perspective

Driverless Cars – The Gensler Perspective

Earlier this week, I was lucky to be in the room for a presentation made by Andy Cohen, Co-CEO of Gensler, on driverless cars and their impact on real estate. Frequent readers of my blog know that I am passionate about this topic and friends and family have heard me say countless times that I will be the first person they know to buy an autonomous vehicle.

So, What’s the Answer?

So, What’s the Answer?

Last week, my partner, Matt Wassel, shared some of his views on the challenges facing young brokers and why millennials may be shying away from a career in real estate. His piece was widely read and I hope it’s a wake-up call to the industry at large.

If you didn’t read it, I highly encourage you to do so. My key takeaways were:

-          We don’t recruit on college campuses the same way other industries do.

-          Lack of consistent training.

-          Senior brokers aren’t trained to be managers.

-          Commission/draw compensation from Day 1.

Young Fish in an Aging Pond

Young Fish in an Aging Pond

Matt Wassel, an atypical millennial (he not only knows what a comma is, but knows how to use it), started working with us almost four years ago. He has become an integral part of our team and is also the unofficial editor of NeuerSpace. Last month, we were discussing the results of the recent survey by TheBrokerList titled 2016 DNA of #CRE and he wrote the guest post below in response.

Just Like Starting Over

Just Like Starting Over

I stole the title from John Lennon, but this post is inspired by a different John; John Zimmer.

Earlier week, I listened to the “How I Built This” podcast, which is produced by NPR. Each episode features a guest who has built a company from scratch, and discusses their successes and challenges along the way.

This week’s episode features John Zimmer, one of the founders of Lyft. While I have been more of an Uber user, I decided that Monday morning was a good time to learn something. The more I listened, the more engaged I became.

Must Read: 2016 CRE//Tech Report

Must Read: 2016 CRE//Tech Report

When I was a teenager, I looked forward to February for one reason. One of my favorite publications of year, The Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition, arrived in my mailbox two weeks after the Super Bowl. While Christie Brinkley is back in this year’s edition, I don’t think I will take that stroll down memory lane and buy it.

For me, February now means the arrival of the CRE//Tech Report.