With 5,000 people moving here each month, somebody had to spill the beans!

September 2, 2010


Just as everybody in Los Angeles wants to be an actor, it appears that everybody building our secret project wants to be a Vegas entertainer. We’ve already seen Wade’s dancing skills, so now it’s up to Rip and me to audition as well.

For my part, I butcher about three seconds of a BeeGee’s classic. Rip’s death-defying performance is much more impressive. In both cases, I’d suggest you not try this at home.

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August 30, 2010

It’s been ten days since our last video, which demonstrates how busy we’ve been! It’s hard to shoot video when you’re a Builder Bob apprentice! And speaking of Builder Bob, let’s meet Rip Rippetoe, as he explains what we’ve still got to do.

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August 20, 2010

In this latest behind-the-scenes video, we take an over-the-shoulder look into some of the steps required to build our 288 square foot stage.  (We also feature the entertainment styling’s of one Wade Roberts.)

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August 16, 2010


Here is the latest video from our studio building project, which is happening just off the Las Vegas Strip.

In today’s video, we learn how to set off a fire alarm without starting a fire and see first hand that I have lost all track of time.

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August 12, 2010

On November 23, 1998 I jumped into the entrepreneurial waters.  Since then, I’ve started three successful businesses (website design, branded music CDs and Internet broadcasting).  For each of those businesses, I’ve been fortunately enough to have, on average, about a 10 foot commute to work. 

That is, until about ten days ago.

For some time now, I’ve been working on a concept for a new type of offering from PodWorx.  It’s an idea that I’m very excited about and one where the technology has caught up with the vision.  It’s never been attempted here in Las Vegas and based on the feedback I’ve received from a group of very smart folks who’ve been briefed (after signing a Non-Disclosure Agreement), there’s a lot to be excited about.

To create the environment necessary for this new concept, I have to expand beyond my existing work environment.  As a result, I have found myself in the land of commercial real estate.  After a relatively-short search, I was connected with a great guy/landlord and a great space from which to launch this project. 

After securing a small amount of funds from outside sources, on August 2nd, 2010, I accepted the keys to my first commercial property!  A wave of excitement, fear, anticipation and the unknown washed over me.  I’m not a Builder-Bob kind of guy, so I was nervous.  Luckily, I have two GREAT friends (Rip and Wade) who are helping me build what I believe will be one of the coolest video studios in town.   

The video above is the first of several I’ll be recording during the building process.  We’re still in stealth mode but I wanted to share the process as best I can. Ten days into the project, I’ve learned a lot, spend a great deal of time at Home Depot and Ahern Rental, and feel as if my credit card is beginning to melt.

Stay tuned. . .

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June 23, 2010

We’ve been sniffing around the residential real estate market lately.  With homes being sold for discounts of 50% from their high (we’re seeing million-dollar homes going for $500k), we wanted to see if it makes sense for us to make a move.

Although I’m very very impressed with realtor.com’s search functions (it does what those ‘sign-up-to-get-your-search-info’ sites do for free), I stumbled upon a cool feature in Google Maps.

GoogleRealEstate Under the MORE tab (found on the upper-right of the map), select “Real Estate…”.  Instantly, all homes for sale in your area pops up on the map.  Additionally, the column to the left of the map presents some simple criteria for the search (Listing type, # of bedrooms, # of bathrooms, square footage).  After narrowing the search, you get a clearer look into what’s happening in your area. 

When you click on one of the teardrop thingies, the property info comes up with a link to the website with the property’s details.

Pretty cool stuff.

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June 23, 2010

fontainebleau In response to our Lake Las Vegas post, our good friend Cheryl pointed me to an article in the Las Vegas Sun about Fontainebleau, the casino/resort in waiting on the Las Vegas Strip.

As the article goes on to say, the 47 permits pulled by Icahn Nevada Gaming Acquisition doesn’t necessarily mean any actual building is going to take place. According to county officials, the permits, which list a variety of projects (casino, hotel and restaurant remodelings, miscellaneous commercial structure work and parking structure modifications), could simply be procedural.

Let’s hope for the best!

(And hope the negative comments on the Sun article page are wrong.)

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June 22, 2010

LLV When Melissa and I first moved to Las Vegas, we were very impressed with Lake Las Vegas.  Its a 3,592-acre master-planned residential and resort community near the Lake Mead National Recreational Area and about 20 miles east of the center of Las Vegas.  Back in 2005, it looked like the crown jewel of the booming Las Vegas real estate market.  But as the economy and local real estate market turned for the worst, Lake Las Vegas turned for the worst-er.

Lake Las Vegas filed for Chapter 11 protection from creditors on July 17, 2008.  It was reported to be a very contentious filing.  I just saw a press release announcing that the court “confirms Lake Las Vegas plans of reorganization”.

Here’s the link.

I sure hope things turn out okay for the folks living in LLV.  I’ve seen a TON of short sale/foreclosures in the area.  Pretty depressing for those who live out there.

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September 8, 2009

Over the course of the last several weeks, I’ve been spending quite a bit of time working on a presentation I’m giving tomorrow for the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce’s Business Education Series

Here’s a link to the session on the LV Chamber Website [Guess What?  Traditional Sales Techniques are Killing Your Bottom Line].

This past Sunday, I was reading the business section of the Las Vegas Review-Journal when I literally stumbled upon a quarter-page ad the Chamber ran for my session!  I had no idea!  A copy of the advertisement is below.  Kudos to the LV Chamber for spreading the word.

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If you’re reading this and you’re in Las Vegas, I hope you’ll attend the session.  It is going to be packed with a ton of great ideas to help drive more revenue for you and your company.

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August 26, 2009

I just learned (thanks Cheryl!) that Time.com took down the video I referred to in a recent blog post [Time Magazine Features Las Vegas Foreclosure: Article and Video] because of “some sensitivity with various issues”.  There is a very interesting article on the Las Vegas Sun website about the fallout from the Time’s article — specifically, the Realtor quoted in the piece is in hot water. 

In the original Time’s article, the Realtor (Brooke Boemio) bragged about “helping clients who are underwater on their mortgages buy a second house on the cheap and stop making payments on their first mortgages, pressuring the bank into selling the houses for a loss” [from the Sun article].   She said that “everybody’s doing it”, including herself.

That practice, along with breaking into a foreclosure house, did not reflect well on the real estate community and has since brought some heat to Ms. Boemio.  Since the story appeared, she no longer works for Coldwell Banker, having “parted ways”.

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