In 2018, New York City-based asset management firm Elevated Returns completed a tokenized real estate offering for $18 million on the Ethereum blockchain. The asset was the St. Regis Resort in Aspen, Colorado. The high-profile property and the employment of an unusual fundraising method caught the attention of investors, fintech enthusiasts and blockchain communities. Not… Continue Reading Tokenized Real Estate: Creating New Investing and Financing Channels Through Blockchain
Last week the Baker Program was honored to have entrepreneur, philanthropist and the namesake benefactor of the program, Richard Baker, on campus to meet with students in the Distinguished Speaker Series. As the final speaker for the class of 2018, Richard shared his remarkable entrepreneurial story and offered parting wisdom to the to the… Continue Reading DSS Wrap-up: Richard Baker (SHA ’88) Governor and Executive Chairman of the Hudson’s Bay Company
The Cornell Baker Program in Real Estate is excited to have Howard Milstein, A&S ’73, and son, Michael Milstein, A&S ’11, both of Milstein Properties, as panelists of the Cornell 3rd Annual Titans of Real Estate conference to discuss family business leadership. Milstein Properties, a real estate investment firm based in Manhattan, has been family… Continue Reading 3rd Annual Titans of Real Estate Conference Preview: Howard and Michael Milstein. (3 min)
At a lodging conference in December 2016, Laura Paugh, Marriott International’s SVP of Investor Relations, remarked that Airbnb hasn’t “[made] headway in the corporate environment, which is really [Marriott’s] bread-and-butter business.”[i] This statement is reflective of the hospitality industry’s general stance on Airbnb: the platform hasn’t yet made a material impact because Airbnb does not… Continue Reading Is PUBLIC Hotel the Answer to Airbnb?
Canadian retailer Hudson’s Bay Co., of which Baker Program in Real Estate benefactor Richard Baker (SHA ’88) is Governor and Executive Chairman, is in preliminary discussions regarding a potential takeover of leading U.S. department store chain Macy’s Inc. (NYSE: M), The Wall Street Journal reported on Friday, citing “people familiar with the matter.” Many commentators and analysts… Continue Reading Richard Baker (SHA ’88) In Talks to Acquire Macy’s
The Cornell Baker Program in Real Estate had the pleasure of welcoming Ben Bernstein, Co-Founder and Principal of RedSky Capital and RedSky Management, to campus as our first Distinguished Speaker of 2017. Ben graciously shared some of the lessons that he’s learned since launching RedSky with fellow Cornell alum Benjamin Stokes (CALS ’06) after graduating… Continue Reading Ben Bernstein, Co-Founder and Principal of RedSky: “The Ace Assembler”
The Cornell Baker Program in Real Estate is delighted to welcome Ben Bernstein, Co-Founder and Principal of RedSky Capital and RedSky Management, back to campus as our first Distinguished Speaker of 2017. After graduating from Cornell’s College of Arts & Sciences with a Bachelor of Arts in Government and Political Theory in 2006, Ben went… Continue Reading Distinguished Speaker Series: Benjamin Bernstein, Co-founder and Principal of RedSky Capital
One of the most followed real estate sagas of 2016 was the case of New York REIT (NYRT), in which shareholders actively and publicly faced off against NYRT management in their opposition to an agreed-upon merger with Washington, D.C.-based JBG Companies (JBG). The NYRT-JBG story highlights several modern day issues for REITs. First, it illustrates… Continue Reading New York REIT and JBG Cos. – A Case Study of REIT Misalignment