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Invest Like a Boss covers all aspects of investing in the modern age in a fun, entertaining way. The show hosts interview the world's best investors, financial Insiders, entrepreneurs and CEOs to find out what they are investing in and strategies to gain outsized returns. In this modern age of investing, new investment instruments are popping up each day, from P-2-P (peer to peer) lending, to robo-advisors, equity crowdfunding to REITs. Investors today need to combine centuries of investment wisdom with an modern outlook and approach. Entrepreneurs Sam Marks, Johnny FD & Derek Spartz each took a different path to success as they now focus on learning how to invest alongside the listeners in order to put their hard earned money to work.
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Now displaying: October, 2021
Oct 28, 2021

Johnny FD interviews Homeroom CEO Johnny Wolff about co-living both as a tenant and potential investor. Then Johnny & Derek share their roommate stories, investing in Homeroom, and exploring creating your own co-living investment property.

Johnny Wolff is the CEO and Founder of HomeRoom Coliving – one of the fastest growing coliving companies in the United States. After starting his career as a financial analyst in Silicon Valley (EA, SanDisk, Guidespark), he relocated to Austin, Texas to pursue real estate investing fulltime. His love for real estate investing and living with roommates motivated him to start HomeRoom in 2017, after an unusually terrible Craigslist roommate experience. In 2020, HomeRoom boasted 99% on-time rent payments, full occupancy, and zero evictions. Sales velocity for HomeRoom is up 300% in 2021 with hundreds of happy residents across 23 cities in 3 states. Powered by investor funds, HomeRoom recently expanded to Dallas and Austin, Texas. Johnny still lives in one of HomeRoom’s first coliving houses in Kansas City, and enjoys hanging out and surviving the pandemic with his awesome roommates - especially on chicken wing Thursdays.

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Discussed:

Like these investments? Try them with these special ILAB links:

  • ArtofFX – Start with just a $10,000 account (reduced from $25,000)
  • Fundrise – Start with only $1,000 into their REIT funds (non-accredited investors OK)

*Johnny and Sam use all of the above services personally.

Time Stamps:

  • 17:34 – How does it work for a tenant?
  • 21:17 – Can you explain why they are all 1 bedroom 1 bathrooms?
  • 21:58 – What other fees are there for the tenant?
  • 23:25 – How does it work for an investor?
  • 26:30 – How did you calculate the numbers for the investment?
  • 29:46 – What happens if the real estate market drops?
  • 30:59 – How do you guarantee a monthly rent?
  • 31:25 – Do you have to be accredited or do you have to be in the US to invest?
  • 32:26 – What are the steps to be taken in order to invest?
  • 35:02 – What kind of contract do you have with the investor?
  • 37:02 – What are the policies if the owner wants to move in?
  • 40:26 – Johnny and Derek review

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Oct 21, 2021

A very special ILAB - episode 200! Sam & Johnny reflect back on 200 episodes of ILAB and then give lifestyle and investment strategy updates from the last quarter. If you'd like access to the second half with Sam & Johnny's full investment breakdowns and Johnny's full portfolio screenshots, you must sign up as an ILAB Patreon.

Listen to ILAB 200 on iTunes here or subscribe on your favorite podcast app.

Were we are:

Sponsor:

Like these investments? Try them with these special ILAB links:

  • ArtofFX – Start with just a $10,000 account (reduced from $25,000)
  • Fundrise – Start with only $1,000 into their REIT funds (non-accredited investors OK)
  • Betterment – Get up to 1 year managed free
  • Wealthfront – Get your first $15,000 managed free
  • PeerStreet – Get a 1% yield bump on your first loan

*Johnny and Sam use all of the above services personally.

Time Stamps:

  • 06:04 – Sam and Johnny take a trip down memory lane from how they met and started the podcast
  • 19:44 – Update on Johnny’s and Sam’s renovations
  • 28:58 – Sneak peek into Johnny’s and Sam’s portfolio.

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Oct 14, 2021

In this episode, Derek interviews Pacaso CEO Austin Allison about owning shares of luxury vacation homes and how it all works. Then Derek and Johnny catch up and give their thoughts on second home co-ownership. This is more a lifestyle play than a pure investment, but we can see where this would be a great option for many people. 

Austin co-founded Pacaso to make the dream of second home ownership a reality for more people after experiencing the profound effect it had on his own life.

Pacaso is Austin’s second startup. In 2009, he founded dotloop in his hometown of Cincinnati, a company that created software to seamlessly manage real estate transactions. Zillow acquired dotloop in 2015, and Austin continued to run dotloop as a Zillow executive until 2018. Austin started selling real estate at the age of 18 and worked in residential and commercial real estate for a decade. Austin enjoys running, mountain biking, and flying. He lives in Napa, CA with his wife Angela and their son.

Listen to ILAB 199 on iTunes here or subscribe on your favorite podcast app.

Where we are:

Sponsor:

Discussed:

Like these investments? Try them with these special ILAB links:

  • ArtofFX – Start with just a $10,000 account (reduced from $25,000)
  • Fundrise – Start with only $1,000 into their REIT funds (non-accredited investors OK)
  • Betterment – Get up to 1 year managed free
  • Wealthfront – Get your first $15,000 managed free
  • PeerStreet – Get a 1% yield bump on your first loan

*Johnny and Sam use all of the above services personally.

Time Stamps:

  • 07:39 – How did you get into the business and what was your inspiration?
  • 10:26 – How does this differ from a timeshare?
  • 12:23 – How does Pacaso get paid if you do not retain any percentage of the property?
  • 14:58 – Can I use my own real estate agent?
  • 16:07 – Do you get to look at the property in person?
  • 18:13 – Is there a minimum hold on the property you choose?
  • 18:59 – How many shares can you buy per home?
  • 20:00 – What value are you looking at in purchasing a home through Pacaso as compared to just buying a home?
  • 21:32 – What is a property LLC?
  • 23:19 – Can you rent the property?
  • 26:44 – Can you let a friend or family member use the property?
  • 28:47 – Why are you encouraged to not park on the street?
  • 30:48 – Can you operate a business from the home?
  • 31:29 – What fees does Pacaso charge for maintaining the home?
  • 33:43 – Do the homeowners have to agree with what Pacaso assesses?
  • 36:24 – Can home owners contact each other directly?
  • 38:24 – Can you later buy the house outright if you enjoy the home?
  • 40:10 – What is the investment growth of purchasing a home through Pacaso?
  • 43:11 – Patreon Question : Can non US citizens purchase homes through Pacaso?
  • 44:07 – Patreon Question : What are some locations you are considering both in the US and globally?
  • 45:24 – Patreon Question : How has Pacaso handled backlash from the community?
  • 48:01 – Patreon Question : Do you provide any additional services that come with the home?
  • 51:14 – Johnny and Derek review

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Oct 7, 2021

Sam interviews Viscosoft Founder & CEO Gabriel (Gabe) Dungan about crowdfunding his bed in a box startup. The two go back over a decade to their startup days in China and explain the technology and how Gabe has transitioned the business to the United States. Then Sam and Derek recap the business, talk about their experiences with bed in a box, talk bad mattress stories and go over Sam's personal investment in the company.

Viscosoft wants to change the way the world sleeps. With a background in textile engineering, product development, and sensor technology, our mission is to provide consumers around the world with high-end bedding products that deliver ultimate comfort, unmatched value and the smartest, data-driven sleep experience ever to exist.

 

Viscosoft is poised to become one of the most recognized brands in the $432B sleep industry. We are an Amazon top 250 seller and have several products that have been recognized by industry experts for delivering great sleep through thoughtful design and innovative materials, including Good Housekeeping’s prestigious ‘Best Bedding’ award in 2021.

Over the past 4 years, more than 500K direct consumers have contributed to revenues of more than $95M and increased profitability last year. 2020 revenues reached $30M as the direct-to-consumer business (Viscosoft.com) grew more than 700% YoY from increased brand recognition, customer loyalty programs & product partnerships.

 

Sleep technology is a $12.5B industry and expected to reach $40.6B within the next 5 years. Viscosoft is committed to delivering a first-of-its-kind mattress topper with integrated sleep-quality sensors for under $200.

Listen to ILAB 198 on iTunes here or subscribe on your favorite podcast app.

Where we are:

Sponsor:

Discussed:

Like these investments? Try them with these special ILAB links:

  • ArtofFX – Start with just a $10,000 account (reduced from $25,000)
  • Fundrise – Start with only $1,000 into their REIT funds (non-accredited investors OK)
  • Betterment – Get up to 1 year managed free
  • Wealthfront – Get your first $15,000 managed free
  • PeerStreet – Get a 1% yield bump on your first loan

*Johnny and Sam use all of the above services personally.

Time Stamps:

  • 12:02 – How did Bed in the Box start and how has the industry changed?
  • 14:30 – How did Covid-19 affect the bedding business?
  • 17:07 – How does bedding sales online compare to in store purchases?
  • 18:20 – Where does technology fit in as it relates to mattresses?
  • 20:20 – How did you get so popular on amazon and become a top 250 seller?
  • 23:04 – How do your mattresses compare to other big brands?
  • 24:43 – What was the process like for crowd funding the business?
  • 29:15 – Can you now raise money through other means?
  • 29:49 – How long has the listing been up on startengine and how has it been going?
  • 30:46 – What do you have planned for the business over the next few years?
  • 34:20 – Sam and Derek review

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