U2 is in the midst of an eight-show run at Madison Square Garden, the last stop on their iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE tour before they head to Europe for the balance of the year.
I love reading Allen Buchanan’s column here on The News Funnel. However, this week, he wrote an article titled Three Reasons Why CRE Will Never Be Disrupted and I couldn’t disagree more! For me, the question is not whether it will happen, but did it already happen?
In the last 24 hours, two great articles hit my inbox, both focusing on technology and real estate. The first, on CBRE’s Blueprint site titled Three Tech Trends that Will Transform Real Estate, discussed the overall use of real estate and how it will evolve in the years to come. The second, written by the very forward thinking Jonathan Schultz titled Real Estate Operations and Technology Are About To Change Forever, hit on some of the key ways companies can prepare for the future.
A few weeks ago, I received a nice email from a real estate marketing firm offering me an infographic on the essential features of a highly effective property web site. I was excited to learn something new as I was sure that since he took the time to not only develop the tool, but to share it with me in a specific email, there’d be some magic to it.
They said that real estate is all about location, location, location. I would argue that except for certain retailers, that statement couldn’t be further from the truth.
Last week, Duke Long wrote a piece called, 10 Reasons Why You Will NEVER Become A Commercial Real Estate Broker. Duke’s list seemed to be genuine, but I prefer the other side of the coin. So here’s my list of ways some members of the next generation of brokers will succeed.
Over the weekend, my colleague Robert Norton posted an article on Facebook that spoke out against the open work environment titled, “Google got it wrong. The open-office trend is destroying the workplace.” The article first appeared in December on the site for The Washington Post and Rob’s comment on Facebook was that he was neither supporting nor disputing the article, but just sharing.
We live in a time with unmatched information. You can Google just about anything. Even things that are supposed to be somewhat ambiguous like the finale of Mad Men are quickly explained by critics and even the writers.
I have a certain appreciation for tragic heroes. Whether they are fictional like Tony Soprano, or real like Mickey Mantle, those whose flaws are out for all to see fascinate me.
A few weeks ago, my partner Matt Wassel, attended a job fair at the Rutgers Business School as a representative of CBRE. Matt is 25 years old and graduated from Middlebury College in 2012. We joke about his age often as he doesn’t remember a time that Derek Jeter wasn’t the shortstop for the Yankees and he has no clue what a cassette tape is. Earlier this week, he was amazed that I learned Excel in college. He learned it in the fourth grade.
Last month, in a very candid way, ESPN’s Bill Simmons discussed his career on his podcast, The BS Report. He walked listeners through each step, starting with his childhood fandom of all things Boston, to his first job at the Boston Herald as a high school sports reporter, to his AOL column on the Digital City Boston page, to ESPN, ESPN Page 2, being a writer for Jimmy Kimmel, and launching Grantland for ESPN.
In response to my column last week titled, Why Not Newark?, my (smart ass) friend, News Funnel founder Michael Beckerman sent me an article from NJ.com that sited Newark as being named the worst city in the country to start a business.
Last week, the CEO and Founder of Audible, Donald Katz, told a crowd of 700 people at a TEDx Navesink event that companies who move their businesses to Newark could see a financial benefit while providing a social benefit to the city. What I find most interesting about this statement is the fact that he feels the need to “sell” Newark.
Woody Allen once said, “Eighty percent of success is showing up.”
I couldn’t disagree more.
One of my favorite television characters, Don Draper of Mad Men, once said, “You’re good. Get better.”
How do we get better?
The concept of getting what we want “on demand” continues to grow. I watch many of my favorite television shows on demand, movies have been on demand for years, and Uber has mastered the concept of a driver and car on demand. I recently read an article that said that food, home services, retail same day delivery, parking (on demand valet parking), and health services will all grow in the on demand space in 2015.
Earlier this week, I typed “workplace productivity” in to my Google search bar, and one of the top auto fill options was “workplace productivity during March Madness”.
This past weekend, I had the amazing opportunity to attend the dress rehearsal for Saturday Night Live. In its 40th season, SNL is an iconic brand, having provided a launching pad for some of the biggest careers in comedy including Chris Rock, Adam Sandler, Eddie Murphy, Chevy Chase, Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, and Jimmy Fallon, just to name a few.
If you have been reading my recent News Funnel posts or my predecessor blog, NeuerSpace, you know that I am always eager to try out new technology. I want to be among the first to adopt new tools, rather than chasing my peers. As an example, I’ve been blogging since 2007, long before the masses joined in.
I am almost 41 years old, and in my life, I have seen an explosion of technology change the way we live. Along with that explosion, certain things have basically become extinct, either because something new has taken its place or because technology has rendered it obsolete.