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Real Estate REality Check | Real Estate & Business Career Success Education and Training

Nov 6, 2019


Today we have with us Ash Zandieh, the CREtech and PropTech visionary and guru, who seemingly made it his mission to channel the song by hip-hop heartthrob Drake, namely that of “Started from the Bottom” as to the acquisition of his real estate knowledge base. Ash continues that mission in a myriad of ways, including that of helping the commercial real estate tech sector grow into a thriving ecosystem by helping startups grow their businesses by connecting them to the funding sector.


Episode Notes:

At 2:30, Ash Zandieh discusses his strength in “narrowing the margin of vulnerability” not just for himself, but for others as well. At 4:08, Ash notes that a great deal of entrepreneurs today are coming from the real estate scene. At 5:56, Zandieh states that the notion of technology changing people is a little foreign to him. At 7:16, he talks about innovation, “borrowed money,” and defines PropTech for the layperson. At 11:06, Ash touches upon Airbnb and the impact CompStak had on him while he was a broker. At 14:33, Zandieh provides his thoughts on venture capital in New York and non-New York based start-ups solving a “New York problem.” At 16:59, he dishes on “the old school model of profitability and scale” when launching a business. At 18:44, Ash dives into PropTech unicorns and borrowing power in today’s market. At 21:56, Zandieh makes note of his dislike for the word “disruption,” and tell us why he believes that AI will not kill off the broker. At 24:56, he points out that he is in the knowledge business and that “attention is the only asset that matters.” At 28:12, Ash discusses the commodities of time and knowledge. At 29:52, Zandieh advises on auditing your skillset and “contextualizing tech.” At 33:20, he informs that AI technology is moving at a faster speed compared to that of government. At 36:38, Ash dives into his love for sharing knowledge, in addition to playing a role in the growth of other entrepreneurs. At 40:27, Zandieh talks about utilizing both old school and tech methods. At 43:04, he speaks on WeWork and the built world sector. At 46:04, Ash touches upon agility, as well as being comfortable with discomfort. At 48:08, Zandieh stresses in believing in oneself and its ability to execute. At 50:50, Ash Zandieh closes the podcast with a message on the affect fatherhood has had on him.