10PlusBrand
Episode 40: Real Estate Investment 2022 in CA - Where, What, Why, for Residential and Commercial Properties

Episode 40: Real Estate Investment 2022 in CA - Where, What, Why, for Residential and Commercial Properties

October 6, 2021

To stay in the loop, subscribe to our Newsletter

To read an edited transcript

To watch it as a video

The following are the summaries of questions Joanne Z. Tan asked Michael Van Every during this one-hour interview on Oct 5, 2021, for the podcast series "Interviews of Notables & Influencers":

Introduction:

For 15 years, Michael Van Every has been the President of Republic Urban Properties (“RUP” for short), one of the largest commercial real estate developers in Silicon Valley. It is also the Bay Area flagship of the Republic Family of Companies, known for developing institutional-quality real estate throughout the United States. 

Michael works with Federal, State, and Local governments on the creation and development of ‘smart growth’ projects, such as master-planned communities near transportation hubs; urban mixed-use projects near major employment centers; and innovative, public-private partnerships. 

In his 25 years of representing major institutional and private real estate developers in the greater Bay Area, Michael has led complicated projects from land acquisition to completion. Under his leadership, RUP has gained national attention for its Transit Orientated Development (TOD) projects at key transit stations, working as the premier public-private partner with many transit authorities across California.

Michael has been involved with the planning, financing, construction, and delivery of 1,238 multifamily units and 145,000 square feet of mixed-use commercial space, 380 hotels rooms, 151,000 square feet of office, and 120,000 square feet of retail in various stages of development, at $1.5 billion in value.

A third-generation San Jose native, Michael is an active member of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group. 

  1. Tell us about yourself, your personal stories, your family:  Why do you do what you do? How did your journey end up here? And where is it going?
  2. What is the most important thing that you value?
  3. What are your biggest accomplishments, and the biggest learning lessons/failures
  4. COVID: how is it affecting commercial and residential real estate development? - Office buildings, retails, hotels, apartments, housing, public transit, mixed use projects, etc. How do you view the new remote work impacting new commercial office development?
  5. Will the future development of office space have habitational space associated with it?
  6. Wildfires, climate change, California’s water shortage:  How are these three impacting both commercial and residential real estate development?
  7. Silicon Valley is full of world’s largest monopolies such as Google. Google has been buying land in the Valley.  How has that impacted your business?
  8. What messages do you have for Silicon Valley giants like Google, Apple, Facebook, Cisco, Oracle, related to the current COVID remote working situations?  And related to all their other monopolistic powers, more than COVID’s return to work issues?
  9. With your deep roots in Silicon Valley for generations, what in your experience makes or breaks your deals in the valley?
  10. You said that “Government is 100% responsible for the housing shortage”, please explain why.
  11. Will the increase in warehouses due to the “Amazon Effect” permanently continue, while the decrease in brick and mortar retail services lasts beyond the pandemic?
  12. What are the challenges for realizing internal ROI for real estate investors?
  13. Imagine yourself as someone with money to invest in real estate. What would you invest in right now: industrial properties such as warehouses? Residential townhouses? Duplex? Triplex? Quadplex? Single family homes? Land only?...
  14. WHERE would you advise COMMERCIAL real estate investors to invest, if all things are being equal, in Silicon Valley? Or elsewhere? Why?
  15. Is AI, smart city, and sustainability technology changing the way the buildings are built?
  16. What do you know about “The One” in LA?
  17. How do you think the Biden Administration’s infrastructure spending can help with real estate development?
  18. What can the federal government do to ease the labor shortage?
  19. What do you want the state and local governments to do, now and after the pandemic, for the real estate market and the economy?
  20. What does your brand stand for? 
Episode 39: Why Bitcoin will replace US Dollars in 30 years, and what SEC and IRS should do with it_Tim Draper‘s 2nd Interview with Joanne Z. Tan

Episode 39: Why Bitcoin will replace US Dollars in 30 years, and what SEC and IRS should do with it_Tim Draper‘s 2nd Interview with Joanne Z. Tan

September 30, 2021

To stay in the loop, subscribe to our Newsletter: http://eepurl.com/g9sn0D

To read an edited transcript for this video, please visit: https://10plusbrand.com/2021/09/30/tim-draper-on-bitcoin-with-joanne-tan/

To watch it as a video: https://youtu.be/l48A8Bo0w1s

The following are the summaries of questions Joanne Z. Tan asked Tim Draper during this one-hour interview on Sept. 23, 2021:

Crypto and Bitcoin fluctuated wildly in the last 4 months after our first interview. ... Other than China’s cracking down on Bitcoin and crypto, do you see any SYSTEMIC flaws in the crypto’s trading mechanism that have caused the wild fluctuation? Examples: Yesterday’s 90% drop of Bitcoin on Pyth was caused by computer botching basic math, the day before, the “blackout” at Solana, and the use of robot traders in high frequency crypto trading… What are your thoughts about these systemic flaws, or phenomena, or “growing pain”?

It seems that Bitcoin holders are primarily in two large camps: first, highly educated, intelligent and financially secure; second, herd mentality blind followers, some of whom are gamblers. Is that another contributing factor for its extreme volatility since there are far more blind followers than seasoned investors? If so, what can be done about it?

Is the lack of circulation and liquidity another reason for its volatility?

What caused the malfunction of El Salvador's launch of Bitcoin?

Ray Dalio recently said that the value of Bitcoin is “imbued” rather than “intrinsic”. Gold’s value is “intrinsic” according to him; the “imbued” value of Bitcoin, he cited, was at least based on the impressive fact that it has never been hacked. He didn’t mention that Bitcoin has a limited edition capped at 21 million coins. What do you think of his characterization?

Has the definition of “money” changed in any way with the birth and growth of Bitcoin? Does Bitcoin-ownership vs gold-ownership give Bitcoin owners more responsibility, participation, and other new elements of ownership?

Ayn Rand brand of libertarian capitalism, in my opinion, was based on the dated view that the world’s resources are almost limitless, an idealized understanding of a limitless potential of capitalism. Now, living with global warming, and the realization that first, resources are limited, and second, the window of opportunities is rapidly closing; actions, NOW, by NATIONAL governments are truly needed (in addition to private actions), to reverse climate change. My question is: Could Bitcoin undermine national governments’ control of central banking and economic policies, particularly related to governmental spending on sustainable industries?

Is there another way to link the usage of crypto directly with sustainability industries?

In China a couple of months ago, a great flood happened in a large city, there was no power, no internet. People who were so used to digital payment found themselves needing paper cash for everything. What do you think of its implication to Bitcoin’s use and circulation when there is no power?

Assuming that you do NOT prefer to live in a country without governments and borders, what is the “right place” for bitcoin to fit in? Co-exist with fiat? If the value of Bitcoin is priced and based on the value of fiat, what makes Bitcoin immune to inflation?

You said in the last interview with me that China’s government-issued digital wallet is a threat to Bitcoin IF their digital wallet is accepted outside China, please first explain, and then suggest what can be done about it.

Do you think technology has borders?

Is crypto a threat to the US government's national security?

Regulatory scrutiny is being ratcheted up by an SEC Commission chair who says he believes it’s better to be proactive on digital currencies than to react following a crisis. Michael Hsu, the acting chief of the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, argued Tuesday that cryptocurrencies and decentralized finance may be evolving into threats to the financial system in much the same way certain derivatives brought near collapse in 2008. 3 questions:

Does that mean that Bitcoin and other cryptos are more likely to be treated by the government as a security rather than currency?

In the last interview, you said that Bitcoin is more like a currency, have you changed your mind?

Do you reserve tax payment for all your Bitcoin capital gain, since 2014, if and when you sell some portion of it, or just use some of it for purchasing goods and services?

Taxes and regulations ... do you think being taxed and regulated will make Bitcoin lose some of its “incorruptibility”, “transferability”, and “uninflatability”?

What do you foresee as the worst possible scenario to Bitcoin, other than a solar flare that wipes out all digital records and civilization based on electric power on Earth?

What do you foresee as the best possible outcome of Bitcoin? How many decades or years will it take us to get there?

What do you think about the corporate monopolies such as Google, Facebook, Apple, Microsoft, Amazon...becoming more powerful than the government in certain aspects?

I ask everyone in my interview this question: What does the “Tim Draper Brand” stand for?

 

Episode 38: America‘s rebranding 20 years after Nine Eleven

Episode 38: America‘s rebranding 20 years after Nine Eleven

September 10, 2021

To subscribe to our newsletter: http://eepurl.com/g9sn0D

To visit our websites:

https://10plusbrand.com/

https://10plusprofile.com/

 

Finishing the 20-year war in Afghanistan is the beginning of America’s rebranding. Time to look deep in our DNA, our values, our principles. What does America stand for? What can each of us do, by the better angels of our nature, to save our country and ourselves from self-destruction?  “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” The window of opportunity is closing fast for winning against climate change, we only have one shot for leaving the next generations not with our mounting debt but home and hope. Time to decode our brand DNA, create changes, and amplify our ideals and values. 9/11. Don’t forget to reflect, with humility, about ourselves.

To subscribe to our newsletter that lists recent blog post, podcast, video: http://eepurl.com/g9sn0D )    

 

 

 

Episode 37: Laboring on Labor Day - Get away from the internet, be your own brand!

Episode 37: Laboring on Labor Day - Get away from the internet, be your own brand!

September 3, 2021

Are You Laboring on Labor Day?

 

The word “labor” has changed a lot from what it meant  in 1894, when Labor Day was first introduced. Today, many people “labor” on the internet, at home, upon waking up, before going to bed, on weekends. The pandemic has blurred the work and home boundary and removed companies’ supervision over working hours. People “volunteer” to work too much, remotely, leading to overweight, insomnia, and other health issues. 

Just because the internet is 24/7, doesn’t mean we have to be connected 24/7; just because everyone else is online and working too much doesn’t mean it’s healthy. Be your own brand and reclaim your autonomy from the internet, and regain control over your own life, AND savour it. AND do take time to read MY blogs!

To subscribe to our newsletter:http://eepurl.com/g9sn0D

To visit our websites:

https://10plusbrand.com/

https://10plusprofile.com/

 

Episode 36: Be Your Own Brand, Pt. 2 of 3 - Joanne Z. Tan’s Story

Episode 36: Be Your Own Brand, Pt. 2 of 3 - Joanne Z. Tan’s Story

August 21, 2021

Be Your Own Brand - My Own Stories

 

39 years ago today I landed in the United States, leaving behind China that was NOT AT ALL  like China today. Even though I was the youngest English language journalist in China after passing national exams, and was said to have a “promising future”, I wanted to attend an American college and be in a land of freedom where my individual voice matters.

 

Looking back at all the ups and downs of my journey that led to where I am today, - doing what I absolutely love: crafting brands for companies and individuals and rooting for their success with digital content marketing, what I’m most proud of is that I have remained to be my own brand and I am helping others to be theirs.

To subscribe to our newsletter:http://eepurl.com/g9sn0D

To visit our websites:

https://10plusbrand.com/

https://10plusprofile.com/

 

Episode 35: Jeopardy’s Jeopardy

Episode 35: Jeopardy’s Jeopardy

August 20, 2021

Jeopardy!’s executive producer, Mike Richards, anointed himself to be the host, disregarding our beloved Alex Trebeck’s wish list for his successor, including a black woman, Laura Coates, CNN legal analyst, and a Jewish man, Ben Mankiewicz, Turner classic movie host, AND audience’s nomination, including a black man LeVar Burton, an awarding winning actor. Well, Mike Richards did think a heck a lot of himself. BUT, Jeopardy! has its own Jeopardy: Now, he is booted out, although politely by his boss Sony, after discovering his prior racist and sexist jokes about women, minorities, and Jews. Thank you Mike Richards, for jeopardizing yourself as the “perfect human specimen” on Jeopardy!

To subscribe to our newsletter:http://eepurl.com/g9sn0D

To visit our websites:

https://10plusbrand.com/

https://10plusprofile.com/

 

Episode 34: Be your own brand, part 1 of 3

Episode 34: Be your own brand, part 1 of 3

August 17, 2021

It’s gut-wrenching to see Afghan people desperate to leave Afghanistan, after 20 years of relying on the American superpower. Deja vu, the fall of Saigon in 1978. Same truth holds for all of those who are too comfortable pegging yourself, your identity, your financial safety to a big brand too big to leave you, or too safe to fire you, or too powerful to fail - you will be surprised. Even if you are perfectly happy, AND lucky, to work for a large brand all your life, BE YOUR OWN BRAND. Whether a large organization or your own solopreneurship, it adds more value to be your own innovative voice, rather than just a peg in a hole. Besides, you always have your own brand to fall back on in trying times.

 

Stay tuned for the next parts.

To subscribe to our newsletter:http://eepurl.com/g9sn0D

To visit our websites:

https://10plusbrand.com/

https://10plusprofile.com/

 

Episode 33: More than 11 Olympic medals - become her own brand

Episode 33: More than 11 Olympic medals - become her own brand

August 13, 2021

To subscribe to 10PlusBrand’s newsletters: http://eepurl.com/g9sn0D

https://www10plusbrand.com

https://www.10PlusProfile.com

 

In 2018, when she was renewing Nike’s seven-year sponsorship while being pregnant, Nike cut her pay by 70% and would not make any guarantees if her performance dropped due to giving birth. How Allyson Felix responded was significant in five ways:

1. Allyson did not just shut up and take a huge pay cut solely on the grounds of pregnancy. She and other female athletes like Alysia Montaño and Kara Goucher complained about Nike and the entire sports endorsement industry’s poor maternity treatment of women in the New York Times. They pushed for changes because Allyson Felix had shown her belief in Nike’s core principles by her initial sign-up with Nike even though she could have signed elsewhere for more money. If Nike scored a home run with backing Colin Kaepernick, this time Nike failed to walk the talk, - the “talk” was a Nike-sponsored initiative called the “Girl Effect” that promoted teenage girls as the key to improving societies worldwide (and potential Nike customers). Nike fumbled the ball. 

2. Allyson found a new sponsor called Athleta, a women-focused apparel company owned by Gap, as their first sponsored athlete. Thanks to Allyson and other female athletes' demand for changes, brands like Burton, Altra, Nuun, and Brooks came up with new contractual guarantees for women who have children while being supported by their sponsorships. A few days later, Nike also changed their maternity policies and allowed pay-protection for female athletes during pregnancy and childbirth.  The company also states that they may not terminate an athlete if she cannot compete due to pregnancy.

3. It took tremendous courage for Allyson Felix to stand up to a big corporate sponsor like Nike, which she described as “terrifying”. She felt they were “more than disrespectful and tone deaf”. She also did not just settle for another sponsorship with Athleta, after she succeeded in pushing Nike to change. SHE CREATED HER OWN SHOE BRAND. Allyson said: "I've been asking for change and speaking up, and it just got to a point where I needed to create that myself." 

“...the one thing that really gave me the courage was being the mother of a little girl," said Allyson.  Her daughter and the women of the next generation are better off, thanks to what she did to get corporate sponsorship on her terms and for all female athletes.

4. After a life-threatening C-section birth of her now-2-year-old daughter, Camryn, she regained her speed from sixth place to world champion, surpassing Usain Bolt for the most golds by any athlete in history. Allyson proved that motherhood is not the end of an athletic career.

5. She also launched a $200,000 fund to cover child care costs for other Olympic mom-athletes.

As a brand builder and marketer, I am thrilled that she won her last Olympic medals in Tokyo running in her own brand of running shoes, “Saysh”. What a fantastic symbol of our internet era -  every INDIVIDUAL can develop his or her own brand.  Brand power no longer belongs only to big corporations.  

Allyson Felix is a pioneer for this new age of women-empowerment, by standing up for what she believed in, by voicing, fighting for, and supporting what is right for herself and other women. Her audacious efforts have made our world a better, gentler and kinder place for women, children, men, and humankind.

For those who want to build their own business brands (B2B or B2C), professional LinkedIn brands, or personal brands, please visit our website 10PlusBrand.com, or call 1-888-288-4533.

 

Episode 32: “30 Seconds of Anything” - The World is Too Small

Episode 32: “30 Seconds of Anything” - The World is Too Small

August 4, 2021

 

The World is Too Small

There is a one of kind Olympic hybrid medal fused from a silver and a bronze, by two Japanese pole-vaulters tied for second place in 1936. The two friends opted not to compete, but to fuse a “friendship medal” for each. Can we apply the Olympic spirit of striving for excellence, friendship and unity to solving global warming and pandemic crises, and to save our Planet, together? Technology has brought us closer, the world is too small for tribal thinking, and our time is too short!

For the sake of contributing to a better world, please share, subscribe, if you want to hear more episodes on matters important to you and to all of us.

Episode 31: “30 Seconds of Anything” - Bravo to Biles & Athleta

Episode 31: “30 Seconds of Anything” - Bravo to Biles & Athleta

August 2, 2021

A giant step for womankind and mankind

 

It took guts and wisdom for Simone Biles to step out of competition based on her own judgement of her mental and physical conditions, and not yield to others’ expectations and pressure.This is a giant step for womankind, and a remarkable step for mankind when her commercial endorser, Athleta, publicly backed her decision. Our world IS slightly better today when winning-at-all-cost no longer trumps an individual’s protection of her own health. Bravo to both!

Please share, subscribe, if you want to hear more episodes on matters important to you and to all of us.

Podbean App

Play this podcast on Podbean App