Episode 43: Getting Started: A Story by Ken Davenport (Part 2)

As it turns out, capital raising really isn’t that hard.

No, that isn’t a joke. If you’ve ever worked in sales, you know that selling someone on a product is as easy as A+B+C: get the process down and you’re golden. According to Ken Davenport, capital raising is exactly the same. Learn the steps and you’ll know how to succeed with flying colors… every single time.

So what are the steps for persuading someone to invest their capital with you? Well, Ken has a few pointers he’s learned during his distinguished career as a Broadway producer and capital raiser. If you have questions about any aspect of capital raising — approaching investors, asking the right questions, building meaningful connections with leads and clients — Ken has answers.

Tune in now to learn how Ken’s experience as a Broadway capital raiser can accelerate your success in venture capital, real estate, or just about any industry you’re looking to raise money in. Read More

Posted in All Podcasts |

Episode 42: Getting Started: A Story by Ken Davenport (Part 1)

Q: What’s the fastest way to rise to the top of any industry?

A: By just getting started…

Tony Award winner Ken Davenport started where most successful people do: at the very bottom. But unlike most people first getting started in their field, Ken placed himself there intentionally.

Now, the same man who ran around behind stage delivering coffee and steaks to affluent actors has also raised $20MM for a Broadway show, received three Tony Award nominations, produced more than 15 successful Broadway productions, and introduced capital raising via crowdfunding to the Broadway universe.

Ken’s universal advice for success permeates through every industry: Just get started. In this exclusive episode of The Commercial Investor Podcast, you’re going to learn why starting from the bottom is so essential.

And, even better… you’re going to hear from Ken himself all about how the most important thing you can do for yourself today is to just get started. Read More

Posted in All Podcasts |

Episode 41: The Positivity Blend: Harry Edelson’s Recipe for a Happy Life

We’re taking a break from all this real estate talk to bring you the following podcast: Everything You Need to Know to Live a Happy and Successful Life (and be a happy and successful commercial investor!).

Harry Edelson grew up in the poorest part of Brooklyn, with an ill mother and an absent father. But that didn’t stop him from becoming one of the most successful venture capitalists in New York. At the wise old age of 80, he’s invested in 11 unicorns, learned to read 4,000 words per minute and, at one point, was covering 100 companies on Wall Street (today it’s usually 10 at most…). But the best part? He’s managed to stay happy, positive, and worry-free the entire time.

If you want your life to be free of worries and filled with productivity and success, take a listen to Harry Edelson’s tips for a well-lived life. Or — better yet — join The Commercial Investor team this summer for our required reading: Positivity: How to be Healthier, Happier, Smarter, and More Prosperous by Harry Edelson. Read More

Posted in All Podcasts |

Episode 40: Hotel Myths Debunked with Jonathan Chang

If you’re tired of being pitched hotel deals you don’t fully understand, you might want to take a listen here. Named one of Hotel Business Magazine’s top 100 developers, Jonathan Chang of Conor Acquisitions talks about what’s going on in today’s hotel and hospitality industry, and why — even with AirBnB — hotels are here to stay.

He debunks other myths too — like how millennials are opting out of the traditional hotel scene — and identifies the red flags to look for when you’re being pitched questionable hotel deals, so you can learn to make informed investing decisions and avoid getting pinched. Play now to hear Jonathan’s full story of how he got started in this asset class and why he’s stuck with it all these years (who knows, hospitality just might be your next biggest investment opportunity too!). Read More

Posted in All Podcasts |

Episode 39: Commercial Lending Interview with Alan Snyder – Part 2

Economists and sell-side brokers, like weathermen, make many, many bad claims. Only they don’t have to live with the consequences of their claims, while you do.

According to the well-loved Alan Synder, the best way to succeed in CRE is to surround yourself with people who are smarter than you… with people who DO have something to lose (also known as the ‘smart money’). In this podcast episode, hear about and see financial markets the way ‘smart money’ like Alan sees them, and learn the best way to know who you can really trust in the real estate industry. Read More

Posted in All Podcasts |