What Can Save Brick and Mortar Retail

What Can Save Brick and Mortar Retail

I was contemplating titling this blog, “The Real Cause of Death for Brick and Mortar Retail,” as I had several challenging shopping experiences this past weekend. I will omit the names to protect the guilty, but my experiences, in three different national retail chains, included:

-          Over 20 minutes to process a return

-          Being given the wrong amount of money in the refund once the return was finally processed

-          Four salespeople ignoring me while I was the only person shopping in the store

-          A pricing chart that looked more like calculus than simple math

-          Going to a clothing store and receiving zero help in finding clothes that fit my son

Lesson for Young Brokers – Tenacity Wins

Lesson for Young Brokers – Tenacity Wins

They say time kills all deals. That’s simply not true.

Sometimes, deals do everything they can to die. Whether it’s bad luck, bad timing, or bad execution, deals can’t seem to get over the finish the line.

But sometimes, there’s someone involved who simply won’t let a deal die.

Lessons for a Young Broker from the CEO of Reonomy

Lessons for a Young Broker from the CEO of Reonomy

While I’m not a real estate broker by trade, I certainly relate to the entrepreneurial spirit many brokers embody. Since co-founding Reonomy, a commercial real estate data company, I’ve cut my teeth on commercial real estate (CRE) and learned its complexities inside and out. Based on my continued interactions with brokers to better understand and solve their pain points, it’s clear the recent democratization of data has had a strong hand in the advancement of their careers. Here are a few additional takeaways to help you navigate the turbulent waters of CRE…

The Blank Page

The Blank Page

In his Broadway show, which is now streaming on Netflix, Bruce Springsteen talks about the magic of the blank page. He laments that getting older means there are fewer blank pages to experience. While that may be the case, I would argue that few people have done more with the blank page than Bruce.

CRETech Mid-Year Report: What It Means

CRETech Mid-Year Report: What It Means

I’ve been waiting. I’ve been asking. Frankly, I wasn’t that patient. Finally, CRETech released its 2018 Mid-Year Report earlier this week.

I look forward to each CRETech report because it’s a comprehensive look at where we are and the companies I should be paying attention to, but it’s also shows how far we’ve come. I have read each report and tracking the progress of the industry is exciting.

Lessons from a Super Bowl Winner…and Loser

Lessons from a Super Bowl Winner…and Loser

It’s been over a month since Super Bowl LII, one of the more exciting big games in recent history. While I am not a fan of either team, especially not the Eagles, I often find myself thinking about the two quarterbacks. They each shared, what I consider to be, important lessons in the aftermath of the game.

The Go-Giver

The Go-Giver

Late last year, my great friend Rob Fisher sent me a book called The Go Giver by Bob Burg. The book’s subtitle is A Little Story About a Powerful Business Idea which immediately intrigued me. I don’t remember where or why he found it, but he said that the message in the book reminded him of me. At the time, I had recently started reading so I put it next on my list and a year later, I am still glad I did.

Math by Bruce Springsteen: 1+1=3

Math by Bruce Springsteen: 1+1=3

I was lucky enough to see Springsteen on Broadway recently. Everything you have read about it is true. My favorite quote about the show comes from Oprah Winfrey who said, “It was the most searingly beautiful performance I’ve ever seen a person give. You come away feeling more like a human being.”

Fifth Wall: Rethinking Technology and Real Estate

Fifth Wall: Rethinking Technology and Real Estate

“I skate to where the puck is going to be, not where it has been.” Wayne Gretzky

The quote above, while perhaps overused, comes to mind when I think about how Fifth Wall Ventures is approaching their fund. We were lucky to have Co-founder and Managing Partner Brad Greiwe join us recently for a small client event.

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.