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Why Did It Take Me So Long?!?

As with everything in my life, I am a slow learner (just ask my wife:). And yet, I do consider myself an infinite learner in that I am constantly trying to push my own boundaries as it relates to knowledge, discovery and passions to pursue. Both personally and professionally. And so it was no surprise to me that it took 56 friggin years to finally embrace the fact that one of my personal passions was not being reflected in my professional life. You see, I am a “tree hugger” in every sense of the word. Always have been and always will be. I am the...

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  • Lessons learned while moving into the virtual world...

    8/6/20

    Exhausted… But inspired! That's how I felt last Thursday night after our first four day virtual event concluded. Two full days focused on Europe and two days focused on U.S. content. But it was a different type of exhaustion. Not physical, but mental. Let me start by saying programming a virtual conference is unlike anything...Read more

  • Infinite Learner.

    7/16/20

    That’s how I would best describe my own internal wiring. I am constantly curious.  Always trying to improve.  Continuing to seek out what is new, interesting and leading-edge. I am obsessed with change and transformation. Does it lead to a lot of failures?  Sure. Is it risky?  Absolutely.  But it is also what drives the...Read more

  • Today, we reinvent our company. Again!

    6/16/20

    As a serial entrepreneur, I have been around for many extraordinarily challenging market cycles as well as every imaginable crisis, many of my own making. And yet, the pandemic was the toughest period I have ever personally lived through. And while we as a society are clearly making progress, we are still fighting through it...Read more

  • “57 channels and nothing on.”

    5/22/20

     “57 channels and nothing on.” - Bruce Springsteen I am losing my f-in mind!!! What I used to hear in my head was “Bruuuuuuuuuce” and it has officially been replaced by “Zooooooom”. Just because someone can appear on a webinar or video doesn’t mean they should. Sorry. That sounds shitty and very judgmental I know. But...Read more

  • The Biggest Threat (And Opportunity) Facing The Commercial Real Estate Industry…

    5/15/20

    Big tech! One of the most extraordinary outcomes we are witnessing (or shall I say being bombarded with) on a daily basis is how “work” as we know it is now being challenged during the pandemic. Not a day goes by where I am not inundated with content from companies doing surveys, studies, making suggestions...Read more

  • CRETech/PropTech RIP Part 3

    4/27/20

    The most important advice I can give a startup today... Drop the terms “Proptech Startup” from your vocabulary! Of course, given the state of the economy, dry funding climate and the challenges that the real estate industry is confronting, every startup in our industry needs to manage their business in survival mode first and foremost....Read more

  • CRETech/PropTech RIP (Part 2)

    4/10/20

    Don't worry, CREtech isn’t going anywhere nor is our industry 🙂 In fact, I have no doubt that my company and our industry as a whole will emerge from this pandemic stronger, wiser and positioned for an entirely new era of innovation in the real estate industry. Thanks to everyone who commented and gave me...Read more

  • How Can CREtech Do More To Help During the Pandemic? We Want To Hear From You...

    4/2/20

    “Community.” When I set out to build CREtech, I did so with one goal in mind… to build the largest community of real estate tech professionals and enthusiasts in the world. Through hard work and with the help of an extremely talented team, we accomplished that goal. But for me personally, it was really never...Read more

  • CRETech/PropTech 2.0

    3/27/20

    In my lifetime (55 years), I have never seen anything like these times we are living in today. And trust me, I have seen A LOT! The fear, both real and imagined, the threat to people's lives especially those most vulnerable, the social upheaval, the almost certain devastating economic toll has collectively simply taken my...Read more

  • Convene Furloughs More Than 400 Employees After Closing All Its Locations

    3/25/20

    After announcing plans to lay off a fifth of its workforce because of the coronavirus crisis, flexible workspace provider Convene is readying to furlough hundreds more. The company told 421 people this week that they would be furloughed starting March 30, Bisnow has learned.Read more