Samantha Sharf

ARTICLES

4 weeks 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
2 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
2 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
4 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
5 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
5 months ago

Another Nine-Figure Home Cuts Its Price: The Manor Drops To $160 Million

Formula One heiress Petra Ecclestone has cut the asking price on her sprawling Los Angeles mansion. At $160 million, the new price is a 20% discount from her original 2016 ask.
By Samantha Sharf 8 min read
6 months ago

SoftBank Leads $200 Million Investment In Storage Startup Clutter

Clutter plans to use the money to expand beyond the eight markets where its on-demand storage services are currently available.
By Samantha Sharf 7 min read
7 months ago

Most Expensive U.S. Home Sale Ever: Billionaire Ken Griffin Closes On $238 Million New York Penthouse

Hedge fund billionaire, Ken Griffin, has closed on an apartment under construction at 220 Central Park South for around $238 million, making it the most expensive home ever sold in the US.
By Samantha Sharf 5 min read