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written by Ryan Cox

Scott Harmon is the CEO & Co-Founder of Swivel.

What’s the Big Idea?

Swivel fills a void between co-working and traditional office leases by providing simple and flexible lease terms — as well as providing 3D visualization tools to quickly create a custom office layouts and select design elements. It basically saves growing startups from going through the traditional design process of choosing colors, materials and furniture to fit a given layout.

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Creating Transparency for Lease Comp Data with Michael Mandel, CEO of Compstak

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 …

The Top 3 Financial Questions to Ask Yourself before Investing in Real Estate

written by Ryan Cox

Before you get too far in the investment process, you should take the time to figure out what kind of investment you’re looking for and what you’re looking to get out of it. Often, the first step in that evaluation is to consider considering one’s finances and what kind of financial outcomes you’re comfortable …

Upending the Traditional Self Storage Model with Kyle Bainter, CEO of Call Box Storage

written by Ryan Cox

Kyle Bainter the Co-founder & CEO of Call Box Storage, an alternative to traditional self storage. He has 15 years of experience as a real estate executive – focused on auditing, accounting, underwriting, and private equity.  Previous to Call Box Storage, Kyle was the CFO of Silverado Interests, a boutique real estate firm focused …

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.

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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.

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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 …