On today's episode, Brian Smocovich, founder of Reif, shares his vision for a better future and the path on how we get there. He is intelligent, cultural, and curious, and who isn't interested in someone who quit his job to travel the world then start a company with a mission to save our planet.
Brian Adams is the President and founder of Excelsior Capital, where he spearheads the firm's investor relations and capital markets arms. He has 10 years of experience in real estate private equity and leverages his knowledge to source strategic, commercial real estate investments guaranteed to deliver strong yields and returns for his partners.
He is a former practicing attorney, earning his J.D. from Suffolk University and his B.A. from Wesleyan University.
On this episode of Hacking the Hustle, host Benji Sklar interviews Christine Moorehead, the managing partner of Mo2 Investments, an innovative real estate investment company. Christine served in Afghanistan as the commander of a platoon in the United States Marine Corps. She shares her inspiring story and the lessons she's learned.
On this episode of Hacking the Hustle, host Benji Sklar interviews Henry Bao, an MC, talk show, and TV host in Vietnam. Henry is the founder and CEO of 10 NEXUS Labs, a boutique Community Architecture and Growth Marketing firm. Henry previously led ambassador marketing efforts at Tesla, which grew to over 150,000 ambassadors in less than two years. Prior to Tesla, Henry built communities for Nextdoor, the world's largest social network for neighborhoods with 250,000 neighborhoods around the world. Henry is a mentor & former curriculum lead at Thinkful, an innovative online school acquired by Chegg, Inc. for $80 million. Henry advises startups at Techstars and the Oxford Foundry. He earned his BA at Amherst College, and was a 2012 Dean’s Scholar at Oxford University.
Boaz Morris is a growth stage VC investor at the Israeli Phoenix, Israel's leading insurance company and one of Israel’s largest Institutional Investors. Boaz served in the IDF special forces, and previously worked on the investment team at Pereg Ventures. Benjamin and Boaz were former roommates in Tel Aviv.
Ori Goldman is currently the CEO and co founder of Loftey, a real estate technology startup focused on making the moving experience cheaper, faster and easier. Previously, he spent a year at RBC Capital Markets in the Securitized Products Sales Group facilitating transactions between RBC and various institutional clients including hedge funds, money managers, and insurance companies. Before that he spent 5 years at Bank of America Merrill Lynch focusing on trading RMBS both as a broker for our clients and as a principal using the firm's capital.
In this episode of HTH, Benjamin Sklar interviews David Young, a U.S. veteran and West Point graduate, and the director of business development at RCN Capital, a real estate private lender. David shares his thoughts with Benjamin on real estate lending, syndication, and note purchasing. If you're interested in business development, then this episode is for you.
Aviv Lazar is an associate in the mergers and acquisitions group at White & Case, a leading corporate law firm based in New York. A graduate of Harvard Law School, Aviv shares her viewpoint on law school, big law, and the power of pursuing your passions.
In this episode of HTH, Benjamin Sklar interviewed Mark Potkewitz, the Director of Legal Innovation at Ulster University in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and an adjunct professor at Brooklyn Law School. Mark and Benjamin discussed the discrepancies in the U.S. and U.K. legal systems, the internet and privacy laws.
On today's episode of HTH, host Benjamin Sklar interviewed Karlos Horn, a U.S. Navy veteran and current 3L at Brooklyn Law School. Karlos shares his thoughts on the lessons learned and insights gained, and his trials and tribulations from law school.
Benjamin and Karlos are classmates in the Brooklyn Law Incubator and Policy Clinic (BLIP).
On this episode of Hacking the Hustle (HTH), host Benjamin Sklar interviewed Yonah Weiss, an international expert in real estate tax savings. Based in Jerusalem, Yonah has saved investors tens of millions of dollars on taxes through cost segregation as Business Director at Madison SPECS, a national cost segregation leader in the U.S. Yonah has been featured on over 100 podcasts. Go to https://www.yonahweiss.com/featured-on to check them out.
Terry White is the founder and CEO of WOLACO, an athletic apparel company based in New York City. Terry is the former captain of the lacrosse team at Harvard and a talented entrepreneur with a big vision. Host Benjamin Sklar and Terry discuss starting a company, building a brand, and chasing a dream.
Michael Rabin is the managing partner of Fortified Property Group, a real estate investment firm based in Los Angeles. Michael shares his story about how he got into real estate, started his own firm, and sees current trends in the commercial real estate market today.
Francisco Gomez-Palacio, my first cousin, shares the lessons he's learned from starting a real estate general contracting business in Dallas, Texas. Francisco was born in Mexico City, went to Greenhill and USC, and has a background in e-commerce and music production. If you're interested in starting a business, this podcast is relevant for you.
In this week's episode of Hacking the Hustle, Benjamin Sklar speaks with Bill Kenney, CEO of MEET, a company based in Connecticut that helps international B2B companies penetrate the U.S. market through trade shows and in-person events. Bill and Benjamin discuss the emerging tech platforms for hosting and attending online events as well as what's in store for the events industry and online networking post-COVID.
We hope you enjoy episode #39!
In this week's episode of Hacking the Hustle, Benjamin speaks with Olivier Siegelaar, a three-time Olympian. Olivier shares how his no-nonsense mindset kept him focused on his goal of winning a medal at the Olympics, which he did in 2016 in Rio de Janeiro. Olivier discusses his experience immigrating to the United States from the Netherlands, getting his MBA at Oxford, and now opening the European office for Cambridge Semantics, an enterprise analytics software company based in Boston.
Expect to learn from this episode:
- how to take responsibility for your life
- how to not blame others for your circumstances
- how you can do whatever you want in this world
We hope you enjoy episode #38!
On today's episode, David Berkowitz, founder of Serial Marketers, a fast-growing online community for marketers hosted on Slack, shares his insights and do's and don'ts on starting, managing, and growing an online community. If you listen to today's episode, expect to learn how to get started, what tech platforms to consider using, and how to think about building your brand.
David currently works with agencies, media companies, and tech startups on marketing, business development, and corporate strategy. He has spoken at over 350 events including Cannes Lions, South by Southwest (SXSW), and Consumer Electronics Show (CES), and has been a guest lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Business, Yale School of Management, and the USC Marshall School of Business. David has served as an expert witness in social media marketing in a trial before the New York State Supreme Court, and every week, David publishes the Serial Marketer newsletter featuring commentary, industry analysis, news, jobs, and events at www.serialmarketer.net/subscribe. If you want to join the Serial Marketers community on Slack, request access at SerialMarketers.net.
We hope you enjoy episode 37!
On today's podcast, Pol Lezcano, a European and expert research analyst at Bloomberg in New York, shares his opinions on what's going on in the US solar energy markets and what the future holds for US immigration reform.
Benjamin Sklar met Pol in Barcelona, where Pol grew up and Benjamin studied abroad when in college. Pol later earned a master's degree in sustainability management at Columbia University on the Upper West Side.
Expect to learn about (1) the challenges of being an immigrant in New York, (2) the process of buying land and building solar farms in Long Island, and (3) what Pol thinks about what's around the corner in the renewable energy markets.
We hope you enjoyed today's episode! If you did, please support our show by sharing your unique review and clicking "subscribe" to be notified about our next episodes. Have a great day!
In today's episode, Louie Zuniga shares his story regarding leaving his job on Wall Street to pursuing his passion for education and moving to Africa to join the Peace Corps. Louie discusses the pressures he felt in leaving his high-paying job, learning a new language, and starting a new life teaching kids in a classroom in a small African village in Cameroon.
Topics in today's episode:
- The American Dream
- The Education System
- African Culture
In today's episode, Brian Burke shares his story about building a real estate company into an empire of more than 3,000 multifamily units. Brian talks about the basics of real estate investing and syndication, and what it's like to run a real estate fund.
Currently, Brian is the CEO of Praxis Capital, a real estate private equity firm based outside San Francisco. Brian has acquired over half a billion dollars’ worth of real estate over a 30-year career including more than 700 single-family homes, with the assistance of proprietary software that he wrote himself. Brian has subdivided land, built homes, constructed self-storage, and repositioned existing multifamily properties.
In addition, Brian is the author of “The Hands-Off Investor: An Insider’s Guide to Investing in Passive Real Estate Syndications” and is a frequent guest on the Bigger Pockets real estate podcast and at conferences across the U.S.
We hope you learn and get some value out of today's episode!
In today's episode, Evan Fiddle shares his experience on how the coronavirus has impacted the commercial real estate industry in Manhattan and how the office leasing market will look in the future.
Evan Fiddle is a Senior Vice President in the Midtown Manhattan office of CBRE, the world’s largest real estate firm. Since joining CBRE after graduating from Amherst College, Evan has been honored as a Crain's New York Business Rising Star in 2019; a recipient of Commercial Observer's "30 under 30" Top Leasing Leasing Professionals award in 2018, and was named "The Most Promising Commercial Salesperson of the Year" by the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY) in March 2018. Evan has represented a diverse array of New York City tenants and owners, including numerous Fortune 500 companies.
Jake Mendelson, Director of Sales for Brightflag, walks us through the process of establishing a best-in-class sales process. Jake talks about hiring and managing remote teams, as well as mental health and training. If you're interested in improving your sales process, then this is a great episode for you.
Search Engine Optimization? Dean Scaduto, CEO of Dino's Digital, an SEO digital marketing agency, shares his take on what's going on in the SEO industry and tips and tricks you need to know about to rank well in Google.
Dean Scaduto is a Harvard alum with unique experience working with clients in Mexico, Pakistan, and the United Arab Emirates.
Justine Kamine shares his story behind founding UPGRAID, a daily supplement that aims to reduce society's reliance on synthetic chemicals.
Justin was ranked Forbes 50 Most Influential Impact Investors, Forbes 30U30, is a TEDx speaker, and has contributed or been featured in a variety of publications including CNBC, Forbes and Entrepreneur.
David Zonona is a tech entrepreneur based in Mexico City. David shares his advice on how US-based companies should approach acquiring customers in Mexico and Latin America, as well as what's going on in South America's startup ecosystem.
Cara Felleman of Resy and David Wicoff of Sysco come together to share their take on the current status of restaurants throughout the U.S., how restaurant owners will come out of today's pandemic, and what we can do to help.
Joey Wippold works for the Department of Defense's Biotech Group in D.C. and is currently earning his Ph.D. in biomedical engineering from Texas A&M. Joey and Benjamin discuss Joey's groundbreaking research on lab-on-a-chip devices and how they could exponentially speed up the process of finding a cure for the coronavirus, as well as future diseases and biochemical weapons.
Jordan Smith discusses COVID's impact on the sports industry, how ESports is gaining traction, and what lies ahead for partnership marketing.
Jordan is the manager of partnership marketing for Professional Sports Partners based in Houston and is a passionate content creator with seven-plus years of experience delivering creative brand management through marketing campaigns, brand partnerships, radio, and digital advertising.
Reverse engineering your goals into actionable daily steps is easier said than done. Jonathan Farber and Jordan Ross share their tips on how to better approach your to-do list and focus on the "one thing."
Jordan Ross is a high-performance coach in LA and Jonathan Farber is a real estate investor in NC.
Ian Korer sheds light on how today's pandemic is progressing the cannabis industry, our culture's taboos around drugs, and the medicinal implications of marijuana on our mental health and health care system.
Ian is the Director of Brand Strategy at the Union Cannabis Group, a company at the forefront of offering cannabis manufacturing services.
Ariel Hoffman discusses his journey playing D1 football, serving in the IDF Special Forces, starting a sports training business, and pursuing an MBA. Benjamin asks Ariel about his thought process and the tough questions we all need to ask ourselves before making decisions in today's world.
Two VCs and one founder discuss how COVID is changing their businesses. This conversation with Cory Levy (founder of FirstText), Daniel Frankenstein (co-founder of JANVEST), and Ryan Eisenman (co-founder of Arch) focused on how markets are changing and what good things can come out of today's pandemic.
Enjoy today's discussion with a VC investor, startup attorney, crypto advisor, and nonprofit manager. This Zoom call highlights the impact of the coronavirus and the future of online events. I hope you enjoy listening in!
Dave Doneson shares his take on how the coronavirus is impacting the nonprofit sector and philanthropy. Dave is the CEO of the American Committee for the Weizmann Insitute of Science, one of the world's leading research institutions in the hard sciences. The Weizmann Institute is leading Israel's efforts in finding a cure for COVID-19 and Dave is responsible for raising funds to support this critical initiative.
Calling from Hong Kong, Marco Lange shares his insights on how COVID19 is impacting his company, his clients' businesses, and his interesting outlook on what's ahead. Marco is the Co-Founder of Eunomia Digital, a design and marketing agency based in New York.
On today's episode, Hannah Lapin shares her insights as a marketing manager for Visio Lending, a real estate company based that provides financing solutions for real estate investors throughout the US. Hannah and Benjamin talk about inbound vs. outbound marketing and why Visio is utilizing Forage.
On today's podcast of Hacking the Hustle, Benjamin Sklar speaks with Travis Dickenson about how he started investing in real estate and his focus on building a portfolio of rental properties in student housing. Travis is based in New York and Connecticut and shares great insights on how to think about getting started in the game of real estate investing.
On today's episode of Hacking the Hustle, Benjamin speaks with Charles Strauss, an investment advisor for JLL's industrial group based in Houston. They talk about cold calling strategies, real estate brokerage, and how to adapt to a changing corporate environment. We hope you enjoy the episode!
On today's episode of Hacking the Hustle, Benjamin Sklar moderated a panel of three speakers: Drew Levey, Marco Lange, and Andy Weiss. We discussed real estate markets and what's going on in the world with the coronavirus. We hope you get some value from tuning in! We want to know, "What's your hack?"
On today's podcast, our host Benjamin Sklar speaks with Andres Magallón, a Mexican immigrant currently studying and working in New York. Andres and Benjamin discuss the American Dream, US immigration reform, and everything in between. Hope you enjoy the episode!
On today's podcast episode of Hacking the Hustle, I speak with VC investor, Taylor Chapman. Both currently quarantined in New York, Taylor and I speak about the coronavirus's impact on our education system and employment. Enjoy the episode and please subscribe!
On today's episode of Hacking the Hustle, Benjamin Sklar speaks with Patrick Barry about the coronavirus and how it's changing everything. Patrick and Benjamin studied abroad together in 2013 in Spain while in college. We hope you enjoy the show!
On today's podcast I speak with Brian Ragone, a marketplace manager at Uber. Brian and I talk about the pros and cons of working remotely, the "future of work," and philosophies regarding the optimization of business processes. I hope you enjoy!
I'm really excited about this podcast episode with Kris Godinez, one of the leading mental health counselors in the world today. Kris walks us through her story of becoming a counselor and helps us understand the various forms of emotional and psychological abuse. This episode is one of my favorites because Kris' insights can help you understand what a toxic relationship looks like. I hope you enjoy!
On today's episode I speak with Cory Levy, founder of First Text, After School and Internapalooza. We talk about startups, venture capital, and how to build a powerful network. I hope you enjoy the episode!
On today's episode I speak with Ian Crystal, the CEO of Monkey Rum and the former marketing director for Absolut Vodka, Malibu Rum and other iconic beverage brands. Ian shares his thoughts on the current trends in the spirits industry as well as key factors to consider before working for a beverage brand, investing in one, or starting your own. Hope you enjoy!
In today's episode on Hacking the Hustle, host Benji Sklar speaks with business and life coach, Jordan Ross. Jordan educates us on the importance of having a well rounded and balanced mindset in all areas of our life in order to succeed. Listen as he courageously asks Benji some of the hard questions that are necessary to explore in order to overcome blocks and leap toward a brighter future.
On this episode of Hacking the Hustle, Benji Sklar speaks with real estate appraiser, Seth Isenbart. Seth walks us through what it's like to work as a real estate appraiser in San Diego, what's happening with property prices in the San Diego area, and what hustling entails as an appraiser looking to open his own shop.
In this episode of Hacking the Hustle, Benji Sklar speaks with the wise yoga and meditation teacher, Joe Cadiff. Joe shares his story about his path towards enlightenment and shares his advice on how we can find happiness in our daily lives.
Benji Sklar, Host of the Hacking the Hustle podcast sits down with Andy Weiss to discuss real estate in New York City, community building, and the importance of giving back. We hope you enjoy the episode!
This is the first episode of Hacking the Hustle where host Benji Sklar interviews Jonathan Farber about real estate investing, data storage and everything in between.
Jonathan is a real estate investor, account executive at NetApp, and thought leader in the personal productivity space. Jonathan shares a lot of great tips in this episode.