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written by Ryan Cox

A former NYC commercial broker, Michael Mandel founded Compstak to fix the inefficiencies of data sharing in the CRE industry. Michael is a regular speaker on the future of commercial real estate, real estate technology, and data transparency. He graduated from Babson College in 2005, where he led the Babson Entrepreneurial Exchange and was a member of the world’s first live-in business incubator, the e-tower.

“We took this offline process of people sharing deal information informally and we moved it online.  Now they still share the information but they earn credits for doing it, we made it a …

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Building Management at Scale with Michael Franco, CEO of Riptide

written by Ryan Cox

Michael Franco the founder & CEO of Riptide, a cloud-based building management solution to make every building an exceptional experience. He has 20 years experience as a technology executive — leading teams in product, project and program management.  Previous to Riptide, he managed the international services team for Cisco Systems Smart+ Connected Buildings.

We started …

What Do Multi-Family Real Estate Investors Really Buy?

written by Ryan Cox

What is it that we want? Is it the land? The building? The location?

Everyone is probably familiar with the quote about the three most important parts of real estate being, the location, location, location. But what is it that multi-family real estate investor really buys?

These investors really buy the income stream.

Let’s talk about the …

Exploring Site Selection with Mark Smookler, CEO of Ideal Spot

written by Ryan Cox

Marc Smookler is the founder of Ideal Spot the premier retail site selection platform.

Marc has founded has founded 6 companies–4 of which are current market leaders in their respective spaces: the premier retail site selection platform, a leading online retailer, a leading unified communications provider, and a cutting-edge marketing service platform. Marc is also …