The Unbearable Lightness of Buying Online

The Unbearable Lightness of Buying Online

I tried to buy a book in the real world. In the process, I learned a lesson about the value of physical space. Last Thursday, I needed a certain business book quite urgently and decided to get it from an actual store. But first, I wanted to make sure it would be...
Retail Disruption? Office and Multifamily are Next

Retail Disruption? Office and Multifamily are Next

Technology redefines the value of location, visibility, and accessibility. It begins in retail but will impact all real estate assets. Location, Location, Location. The value of a real estate asset is determined first and foremost by its location. A good location is...
Is Starbucks is a Coworking & Toilet Operator?

Is Starbucks is a Coworking & Toilet Operator?

The coffee giant is struggling with non-customers who only want to sit at a table and use the bathrooms. It should embrace them, for a fee. A few weeks ago, Starbucks was berated on social media for calling the police after one of its store managers was not able to...
No Rent: Real Estate’s New Business Models

No Rent: Real Estate’s New Business Models

Emerging technologies will enable operators to monetize physical space in new and creative ways.  Every day, each of us visits dozens of web sites and apps to access information and use various tools for work, communication, and fun. Most of these sites and apps are...