Samantha Sharf

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1 month ago

WeWork’s Neumann Loses Billionaire Status. It’s Unlikely He’ll Be Getting It Back.

On Thursday, Forbes lowered its estimate of Adam Neumann's wealth to at most $600 million.
By Samantha Sharf 4 min read
1 month ago

Airbnb Arbitrage: How Professional Hosts Are Filling The Unicorn’s Call For Quality Rentals

Money is pouring into the business of home-stay arbitrage. Making it pay off will be the hard part.
By Samantha Sharf 6 min read
1 month ago

WeWork’s Adam Neumann Is Out, As Reality Catches Up To A High-Flying Startup

WeWork cofounder and CEO Adam Neumann stepped down under pressure Tuesday.
By Samantha Sharf 4 min read
2 months ago

Never Mind ‘We’: The Next Unicorn To IPO Is Firmly Controlled By Just One Man

Forbes last estimated  Adam Neumann’s stake to be worth $4.1 billion, and the filings list the founder as the beneficial owner of more than 100 million shares.
By Samantha Sharf 9 min read
4 months ago

Extreme Makeover: Rich Barton Has A $700 Million Stake In Zillow And Plans To Turn It Into A Home-Flipping Machine

Today Zillow has a $9.5 billion market cap and Barton’s stake (the largest held by any individual) is worth $700 million. But not since 2006 has Zillow’s future been less certain.
By Samantha Sharf 33 min read
4 months ago

Designed To Share: Airbnb-Backed Developer Is Building Condos Made For Home Sharing

When the first 249 Natiivo units open in Austin in 2021, owners will be encouraged to rent out their apartments when they are out of town.
By Samantha Sharf 6 min read
6 months ago

Airbnb Leads $160 Million Investment Into Hospitality Startup Lyric

The Series B financing is about 50% debt and brings Lyric’s total funds raised to $185 million. The San Francisco-based startup declined to discuss its valuation.
By Samantha Sharf 7 min read
6 months ago

This Ex-Goldman Trader And His $800 Million Startup Hope You'll Pay Extra For Real Estate That Aces A ‘Wellness’ Test

Paul Scialla is selling a “Well” building certification that developers, employers and hotel and resort operators can display in lobbies and use in their marketing materials.
By Samantha Sharf 14 min read