261 episodes

Tune in to hear Chris Powers talk to some of the most fascinating minds in business and discuss important topics in the worlds of real estate, entrepreneurship, and investing. Learn more at: http://thefortpod.com/

Chris is a serial entrepreneur with more than 17 years of real estate development and investment experience. With his unique perspective and style, Chris takes listeners below the surface, exploring crucial moments that shaped the success of our guests and digging up precious insights along the way.

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The FORT with Chris Powers Chris Powers

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Tune in to hear Chris Powers talk to some of the most fascinating minds in business and discuss important topics in the worlds of real estate, entrepreneurship, and investing. Learn more at: http://thefortpod.com/

Chris is a serial entrepreneur with more than 17 years of real estate development and investment experience. With his unique perspective and style, Chris takes listeners below the surface, exploring crucial moments that shaped the success of our guests and digging up precious insights along the way.

Be sure to follow the podcast, so you never miss an episode!

    Alex Olshansky - Principal at Zenith IOS - Industrial Outdoor Storage 101 | The FORT #261

    Alex Olshansky - Principal at Zenith IOS - Industrial Outdoor Storage 101 | The FORT #261

    EPISODE #261 In today’s episode, we are joined by Alex Olshansky, Principal, and Head of Investments at Zenith IOS. Zenith is one of the largest institutional owners of industrial outdoor storage assets in the US.

    Alex’s well-decorated CV began with a B.A. in Economics from Claremont McKenna College, and he received an M.B.A. from NYU’s Stern School of Business. After graduating, Alex worked in acquisitions and asset management for IDS Real Estate Group, with a focus on industrial, office, and retail assets in Southern California and San Francisco.

    He later joined Abingdon Square Partners in 2017 and was primarily responsible for sourcing and evaluating new investment opportunities.

    In today’s episode, Chris and Alex go through what IOS is, how Zenith underwrites IOS deals, and how exactly they decided to go all in on IOS.

    Make sure to listen in!

    Key Takeaways:

    Intro (00:00)What is IOS? (01:02) How did Alex get here? (02:14) How has IOS been maturing? (04:36)What makes a great IOS deal? (11:00)How property management looks (14:10)How is the market developing (15:50)Zenith’s process for new markets (25:05)How Zenith is approaching 2023 (32:56)Driving value (40:07)Episode wrap-up (47:32)
    Additional Resources:

    ➡️ Learn more about Juniper Square here

    ➡️ Fort Capital: www.FortCapitalLP.com

    ➡️ Follow Fort Capital on LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/fort-capital/

    ➡️ Follow Chris on Twitter: www.twitter.com/FortWorthChris

    ➡️ Follow Chris on LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/chrispowersjr/

    ➡️ Sign Up for our Newsletter: https://newsletter.thefortpod.com/

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    • 49 min
    Brian Good - CEO of iBorrow - How The Lending Market is Changing | The FORT #260

    Brian Good - CEO of iBorrow - How The Lending Market is Changing | The FORT #260

    EPISODE #260 In today’s episode, we are joined by Brian Good, the co-founder and CEO of iBorrow. iBorrow is a nationwide real estate lender made by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs, with an impressive track record of over $1 billion.

    Brian also founded TenantDirect, the first web-based property management software. Brian has moderated and served on a number of panels during his career, including panels for UCLA, YPO, Bisnow, and IMN. Currently, he sits on the Board of Advisors for the Ziman Center for Real Estate as part of the Anderson School of Business at UCLA.

    In this episode, we’ll be covering everything from Brian’s backstory and why he moved from equity real estate to debt real estate to how iBorrow underwrites borrowers and how the private lending market has changed going into 2023.

    Make sure to listen in!


    Key Takeaways:

    Intro (00:00)
    What brought Brian to debt real estate? (01:39)
    Why did he want to make the switch? (05:46)
    The difference between iBorrow and other lenders (08:23)
    What Are Bad-Boy Carve Outs? (10:12)
    How has the market changed over the last year? (13:14)
    How should we plan out the year ahead? (29:12)
    How leasing activity is looking now (43:07)
    Episode wrap-up (55:36)

    Additional Resources:

    ➡️ Learn more about Juniper Square here

    ➡️ Fort Capital: www.FortCapitalLP.com

    ➡️ Follow Fort Capital on LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/fort-capital/

    ➡️ Follow Chris on Twitter: www.twitter.com/FortWorthChris

    ➡️ Follow Chris on LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/chrispowersjr/

    ➡️ Sign Up for our Newsletter: https://newsletter.thefortpod.com/

    ➡️ Subscribe to The FORT on YouTube


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    • 56 min
    Aaron Rubin - Founder & CEO of ShipHero - Building a Better Supply Chain | The FORT #259

    Aaron Rubin - Founder & CEO of ShipHero - Building a Better Supply Chain | The FORT #259

    EPISODE #259 After being bailed out of his first company by his dad 15 years ago while in college, Aaron Rubin learned his lesson and founded ShipHero in 2013 as a warehouse management system for e-commerce shippers. 

    Since then, ShipHero has gone on to serve around $8 billion per year in orders from e-commerce stores. 

    In the last 3 years alone, they have opened up 9 warehouses across the country to manage shipping and fulfillment for medium and large businesses including Shopify, Canadian Tire, Glossier and Universal Music Group.

    Aaron is known for having his finger on the pulse of ShipHero’s major initiatives, He is responsible for planning and executing the overall vision and strategy of the organization. 

    In today’s episode, Aaron sits down to discuss his backstory, how he almost went bankrupt in 2008, taking inspiration from Amazon, and what lies ahead in 2023 for the logistics world.


    Key Takeaways:

    Intro (00:00)How Aaron got started (01:30)What is ShipHero? (07:32)The problem with copying Amazon (13:25)Everyone hates logistics (22:51)The state of the market (28:08)What’s going on with supply chains (37:15)Is manufacturing leaving China? (43:33)What’s coming up in 2023 (48:44)The future of the workforce (58:36)Episode wrap-up (1:05:07)
    Additional Resources:

    ➡️ Learn more about Juniper Square here

    ➡️ Fort Capital: www.FortCapitalLP.com

    ➡️ Follow Fort Capital on LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/fort-capital/

    ➡️ Follow Chris on Twitter: www.twitter.com/FortWorthChris

    ➡️ Follow Chris on LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/chrispowersjr/

    ➡️ Sign Up for our Newsletter: https://newsletter.thefortpod.com/

    ➡️ Subscribe to The FORT on YouTube


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    • 1 hr 5 min
    Fort Capital’s 2022 Year in Review | The FORT #258

    Fort Capital’s 2022 Year in Review | The FORT #258

    EPISODE #258 In today’s episode, Chris Powers and Jason Baxter take a look at the last year for Fort Capital and discuss the biggest wins of the year. How our team and technology have progressed, how we are looking at the market in 2023, what makes Fort Capital so special, and much, much more.

    At Fort Capital, our mission is to become the best real estate operator in the entire world. We’re always considering how we can operate better, acquire more real estate, improve our credibility and track record, attract top-tier talent, and drive more profit and returns to our investors.

    So I’m delighted to say that following off the back of an incredible year in 2021, in which we smashed all of the targets we outlined in last year’s Year in Review, we have stretched even further in 2022 to outperform our initial goals in every metric we set out.

    Today, I'm excited to discuss and hope you can take something from what we’ve achieved in the last 12 months and carry it with you in 2023.

    Fort Capital's 2022 Annual Report: https://fortcapitallp.com/2022-annual-report/

    Key Takeaways:

    Intro (00:00)The background to 2022 (02:24)Our revamped investor reporting process (12:35)Our underwriting import tool (19:48)Our brand-new deal sourcing tool (29:29)How do we effectively work through markets? (36:55)What sets us apart in our industry? (43:01)How our dashboard utilization has improved so rapidly (52:11)Cash management for 2023 and beyond (1:01:36)What we achieved in 2022 (1:09:20)Fort Capital University (1:17:05)

    Additional Resources:

    ➡️ Learn more about Juniper Square here

    ➡️ Fort Capital: www.FortCapitalLP.com
     
    ➡️ Follow Fort Capital on LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/fort-capital/
     
    ➡️ Follow Chris on Twitter: www.twitter.com/FortWorthChris
     
    ➡️ Follow Chris on LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/chrispowersjr/

    ➡️ Sign Up for our Newsletter: https://newsletter.thefortpod.com/
     
    ➡️ Subscribe to The FORT on YouTube
     
     
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    • 1 hr 28 min
    #257: Kyle O'Hehir - Co-Founder of Constitution Lending - Crack Houses, Buying Distressed Debt, & High Yield Loans

    #257: Kyle O'Hehir - Co-Founder of Constitution Lending - Crack Houses, Buying Distressed Debt, & High Yield Loans

    Kyle started his fixed-income career on a J.P. Morgan trading desk before joining multi-strategy hedge fund Millennium. In 2018, Kyle left Millennium to manage his own capital, emphasizing real estate debt investing. He has experience investing across the real estate capital structure, including first and second-lien mortgages, tax liens, and equity. He holds a Bachelor of Science in mathematics from the University of Maryland.

    On this episode Chris & Kyle discuss:
    what he learned from trading at hedge funds on Wall Street and why he eventually decided to start buying crack houseshow to find and buy distressed debtdifferent types of high-yield loans and strategiesforward thoughts on the 2023 real estate marketand more!Learn more about Chris Powers and Fort Capital: www.FortCapitalLP.com
    Follow Fort Capital on LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/fort-capital/
    Follow Chris on Twitter: www.Twitter.com/FortWorthChris 
    Follow Chris on LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/chrispowersjr/ 
    Subscribe to The Fort on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuJ32shRt8Od3MxMY-keTSQ

    Follow Kyle on Twitter: https://twitter.com/financeguy725
    Constitutional Lending: https://constlending.com/invest

    Topics:

    (2:05) - How did you get into Wall St. and where did that transform into buying crackhouses?
    (5:22) - How do you come up with a trade idea?
    (9:20) - How often do you need to have an idea?
    (11:08) - How accurate is the show Billions?
    (13:09) - Why forces people to stay in the Wall St. world?
    (15:12) - What code do you write?
    (16:36) - How would you describe what you do today?
    (19:25) - What are you seeing in lending right now?
    (24:34) - How would you predict the lending industry’s future in the short to medium term?
    (27:12) - What’s happening in Office right now?
    (30:21) - What happens on your end when someone presents a loan for you to buy?
    (38:31) - What happens when you take control of an asset?
    (45:03) - Wanting to own a bank 
    (45:42) - How do you source these non-performing loans?
    (50:13) - Is your model scalable?
    (51:40 - What is a Prevent Foreclosure Loan?
    (54:20 - What’s an Airbnb Loan?
    (57:02) - Punting assets vs. Running a business
    (1:00:35) - Do you think sometimes your ability to operate hurts you?
    (1:03:52) - Will high-yield loans still be 8-12% in ’23?
    (1:05:06) - What needs to happen for money to start moving again?
    (1:10:05) - What do you think about in terms of existential risks to your business?
    (1:12:58) - Ranting about insurance
    (1:23:07) - Wrapping up

    • 1 hr 24 min
    #256: Ryan Eisenman - Co-Founder of Arch - Building The Digital Admin for Private Investments

    #256: Ryan Eisenman - Co-Founder of Arch - Building The Digital Admin for Private Investments

    Ryan Eisenman is the co-founder and CEO of Arch, a digital solution utilized by over 180 private investment firms to automate the administration and management of tens of $Bs of alternative investments.

    Ryan is a Houston native, graduated from Vanderbilt University, and now lives in New York City where Arch is headquartered.

    On this episode Chris and Ryan discuss:
    the story of how he got the idea to build and execute on Archthe issues behind managing wealth and private investmentshow he raised VC capitalRyan asks Chris several questions about his career
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    Learn more about Chris Powers and Fort Capital: www.FortCapitalLP.com
    Follow Fort Capital on LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/fort-capital/
    Follow Chris on Twitter: www.Twitter.com/FortWorthChris 
    Follow Chris on LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/chrispowersjr/ 
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    Links:
    Ryan on Twitter
    Arch

    Topics:
    (2:27) - Ryan’s background and career
    (3:49) - The Israeli Entrepreneurship scene
    (6:41) - Ryan’s journey to founding Arch
    (12:16) - What are you solving with Arch?
    (14:15) - Who are the customers for Arch?
    (15:13) - What was your experience raising capital in 2021?
    (17:14) - What do you lean on VC’s for?
    (19:20) - How do you break into the VC world and start setting meetings?
    (20:30) - How long did it take to convince your first major investor?
    (23:09) - How often do you talk to your investors?
    (23:25) - What’s “the next stage” of the business?
    (24:53) - Why was $1mm in revenue the point where you brought in more sales staff?
    (26:37) - How has your role changed as the company grows?

    Ryan Interviews Chris

    (28:17) - Chris’ thoughts on what’s broken in this industry
    (33:11) - What is and what should your first step be after a major liquidity event?
    (35:16) - What separates a great advisor from the rest of the pack?
    (38:27) - Chris’ role as an asset Manager and the purpose of Fort Capital
    (40:54) - How did you raise your first deals?
    (42:13) - Where do you see FC in 5 years? 15 years?
    (43:29) - How is the current market affecting your strategy?
    (48:43) - Being fearful when others are greedy, and greedy when others are fearful
    (52:10)- What would you be building if you had to work somewhere else?

    • 56 min

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