first_imgShare via Shortlink Based in San Francisco, Pacaso is launching with $17 million in Series A funding led by Maveron, with participation from Crosscut and Global Founders Capital. It also has backing from prominent business executives including former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz; Jeff Wilke, Amazon’s CEO of consumer worldwide; Greg Schwartz, former Zillow president of media and marketplaces; and real estate coach Tom Ferry.In addition to Rascoff, Pacaso’s founding team includes several other Zillow alums. Pacaso CEO Austin Allison previously founded dotloop, an e-signature startup that Zillow acquired in 2015. Other Zillow alums include chief marketing officer Whitney Curry, chief revenue officer Andreas Madsen and chief technology officer Daivak Shah. Chief product officer Doug Anderson comes from Hotwire and Concur.In a statement, Allison said the notion of co-ownership has been around for decades but the process was clunky. “Pacaso is the easy button for co-ownership,” he said.Buyers interested in a second home can tell Pacaso what they are looking for, and the company will help them find a property and set up an LLC designed for co-ownership. Pacaso will briefly purchase a portion of the house before selling the stake to vetted buyers.Pacaso has lined up $250 million in debt to buy homes, putting it in a position to “scale incredibly rapidly,” said Rascoff.Pacaso is currently targeting 25 markets in 10 states, the company said.Rascoff, chairman of Pacaso, co-founded Zillow in 2005, after selling Hotwire to Expedia.Since stepping down as Zillow’s CEO in February 2019, Rascoff has thrown himself into a second act as a tech investor.Earlier this year, he launched dot.LA, a news site for Southern California tech. Soon after, he resigned from Zillow’s board to focus on angel investing. He has since backed an array of early-stage proptech startups, including PocketList, a rental listings platform, and La Haus, a Latin American listings site.Last week, Rascoff announced plans to form a blank-check company. The special-purpose acquisition company (SPAC) will look to invest in a tech unicorn valued between $1 billion and $5 billion and take it public.Contact E.B. Solomont Full Name* Spencer Rascoff of Pacaso (Getty; Unsplash)Who says second homes are only for the 1 percent?A group of ex-Zillow executives, including former CEO Spencer Rascoff, has just launched Pacaso, a startup looking to redefine the fusty timeshare. The marketplace will allow buyers topurchase from one-eighth to one-half of a vacation home. Its network of agents and suite of tech tools help owners manage the process.“The mission of Pacaso is to democratize second-home ownership,” Rascoff said in a statement.Read moreZillow co-founder forms blank-check company Spencer Rascoff launches dot.LA, a tech news site Rascoff leaves Zillow board Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlinkcenter_img Message* Email Address* TagsProptechSpencer Rascofflast_img read more

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first_imgEmail Address* 8 Spruce Street and Brookfield’s Bruce Flatt (New York by Gehry, iStock, Brookfield)More than 200 renters have packed their bags and moved out of the tallest residential skyscraper in Manhattan this year.The New York by Gehry saw rental occupancy fall to 74 percent in September from 98 percent at the end of 2019, according to Trepp, which tracks mortgage-backed securities. Since 2014, occupancy at the 899-unit Financial District building had been above 93 percent, according to Trepp.Frank Gehry designed the rippling stainless steel tower at 8 Spruce Street, which architecture critics marveled at for its unique “deconstructivism style.” Formerly called Beekman Tower, the building was developed by Bruce Ratner’s Forest City Ratner in 2011.Below the rentals, the property has an elementary school on its first five floors. It is among the tallest residential buildings in the Western Hemisphere.ADVERTISEMENTThe skyscraper was refinanced in 2014 with a $550 million commercial mortgage-backed securities loan from the city’s Housing Development Corporation. That same year, the property was appraised at $1.1 billion. The CMBS loan refinanced floating-rate bonds issued between 2008 and 2010 that included Liberty Bonds.Brookfield Asset Management acquired Forest City Ratner in December 2018, giving the investment giant control of the distinctive skyscraper.But since the coronavirus hit, occupancy has nosedived. As a result, the $550 million loan tied to the property is now on Trepp’s watchlist. Brookfield, however, has not missed any of the loan payments.The luxury apartments appealed to high earners in the Financial District. But since mid-March, the area has been almost a ghost town as employees work remotely. Only about 13 percent of New York workers are back in the office, and roughly 500,000 residents skipped town. No borough cleared out more than Manhattan.Brookfield and its affiliates are among the largest office landlords in New York with properties that include Brookfield Place and One Manhattan West. During the pandemic, the investment firm has emerged as a contrarian on the future of New York’s office market. In June, Brookfield Property Partners CEO Brian Kingston told The Real Deal he did not see working from home “as an existential threat” to office properties.A spokesperson for Brookfield did not immediately return a request for comment.Contact Keith Larsen Share via Shortlink Tagsbrookfield asset managementFinancial DistrictManhattan Message* Full Name* Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlinklast_img read more

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first_imgNexon’s Darkness Rises off to strong start with 10 million downloadsMobile third-person RPG reaches huge player milestone within six weeks of launch Press ReleaseThursday 2nd August 2018Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this articleNexonEMERYVILLE, Calif. – August 2 – Darkness Rises, Nexon’s high fidelity third-person action role playing game (RPG) on mobile devices, has been downloaded more than 10 million times since its launch on June 20. Players worldwide have descended into the game’s dark fantasy universe to experience the console-quality, high-definition visuals and fast and fluid combat to battle monstrous creatures and viscous bosses. “The success of Darkness Rises is a testament to the game’s high fidelity graphics and high-impact combat setting a new bar for console quality gaming experiences on mobile,” said Lawrence Koh, General Manager at Nexon M. “Darkness Rises gives players the option to enjoy what they like best in games, whether its embarking on the single player storyline, participating in PvP or teaming up with friends in Raids. We’re excited to continue to expand the gameplay experience to challenge players in new ways for years to come through new story quests, features and modes, characters, epic bosses, in-game events and much more.” To celebrate the player community, a series of in-game events and prizes can be enjoyed beginning today through to August 8 including:Special Daily Login Bonus: Players who log into Darkness Rises will be able to secure exclusive in-game prizes ranging from massive gold and gem gifts, special chests and celebratory gear.Related JobsSenior Game Designer – UE4 – AAA United Kingdom Amiqus GamesProgrammer – REMOTE – work with industry veterans! North West Amiqus GamesJunior Video Editor – GLOBAL publisher United Kingdom Amiqus GamesDiscover more jobs in games Daily EXP & Gold Boosts: During each day of the celebratory event, players can enjoy a 10% gold boost and 20% EXP boost from 7:00pm – 9:00pm. In addition, a new in-game update is available now and will give players a chance to team up in a Raid battle to take on Gigantes, a hulking iron giant and the next boss to arrive into the abyss of Darkness Rises. The update also brings a series of enhancements to gear customization, the Grimoire system and new options for in-game events. A series of new sets of gear including the Three Kingdoms Armor and Summer Rash Guard are also available to collect, equip and upgrade.Darkness Rises features fast and fluid combat that is highly intuitive and provides players with the flexibility and customization to fit their playstyle. Players will adventure through a dark fantasy narrative as a customized hero selected from a cast of powerful and diverse character classes, evolving and leveling up their skills and collecting gear along the way. Cooperative dungeons give up to four players a chance to team up in real-time to take on epic challenges together and the Player vs Player (PVP) mode gives players a chance to test their might against their friends and others.Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Daily Update and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesNexon invests $874m in Bandai Namco, Konami, Sega and HasbroMore investments to come as part of $1.5 billion initiative to support “overlooked and undervalued” entertainment firmsBy James Batchelor A month agoFinal Fantasy XI mobile reboot officially cancelledNexon and Square Enix indicated that the title didn’t meet expectations, despite having been in development for five yearsBy Marie Dealessandri A month agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.last_img read more

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first_imgTwenty-six Chinese tourists and their driver had a lucky escape, when their 9m King Long 6900 coach crashed into a tree on the busy A82, near Fort Augustus in the Scottish Highlands, on Sunday (26 July) at 1255hrs.Operated by Bakers Coaches of Stoke-on-Trent, the coach was travelling from Inverness to Fort William, having collected the tour group in Edinburgh on Saturday.The coach’s driver, Mhad Mohamad, said the accident happened after he moved to allow another coach heading north to pass by.Despite the damage, no-one on board was injured, in what a member of the ambulance service described as “a very lucky escape.”last_img read more

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first_imgThe Notre Dame student senate convened for its first official meeting of the year Monday night in the LaFortune Ballroom. During the meeting, members of the senate briefly discussed campus dining’s newest innovation — NDtoGo, an app that will allow students to order their food in advance and pick it up at various locations around campus. Senators also examined the new clear bag policy for events in Notre Dame stadium, which will be implemented starting this Saturday at the Notre Dame-Michigan game. NDtoGo will utilize an app called Tapingo, allowing students to place their orders ahead of time at main locations of campus restaurants like Starbucks and Smashburger, Briana Tucker, student government chief of staff, said. Students who order using the app will also be able to track their order. Tucker said NDtoGo may eventually offer delivery services as well. The senate was also briefed on the new clear bag guidelines for Notre Dame stadium events. Mike Seamon, vice president of campus safety and event management, and Keri Kei Shibata, chief of the Notre Dame Security Police Department, outlined the policy. Seamon cited the April 2013 Boston Marathon bombing as the beginning of a series of additional safety procedures that would eventually lead to the clear bag policy. “[We], like many other institutions across the country, both professional and collegiate and university sports, decided that we needed to do something,” Seamon said. After the Marathon bombing, Notre Dame prohibited large bags and duffel bags from stadium events. In addition, security officers began examining all bags upon entry. Seamon said this policy caused much controversy among game attendees about what size and styles of bags were acceptable. Notre Dame then decided to follow the lead of many other universities and professional sports teams and implement the clear bag policy.Seamon then detailed the exact criterion that any bag must meet to be admitted into the stadium.“A bag has to be clear and it cannot be bigger than 12 by 12 by 6 inches,” Seamon said.Clear bags will still be inspected upon entry into the stadium, Seamon said. Purses or large wallets with dimensions no bigger than 4.5 by 6.5 inches will also be allowed in, and don’t necessarily need to be clear. Shibata added that the clear bag policy will also increase efficiency because the security guards will be able to check the contents of people’s bags more quickly and thoroughly. The presenters then opened up the floor for questions from senators.One senator asked if the “clear” applied to red or green see-through plastic or even semi-clear frosted bags. Seamon and Shibata clarified that the bag must be completely clear to be allowed into the stadium.Another senator broached the question of whether the clear bag policy would apply to the Duncan Student Center, O’Neill Family Hall, and the other buildings that attach to the stadium on game days. Seamon responded by saying that as of midnight on a game or event day, the entire stadium, including its adjacent attached buildings, becomes a heightened zone of security. The entire complex, including O’Neill, Duncan, and Corbett Halls are all closed for a “variety of police sweeps,” Seamon said. Therefore, all of these buildings will be closed until two hours after the game.Tags: clear bag policy, NDSP, security, student senatelast_img read more

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first_imgWhile Election Day is tomorrow, as of Sunday afternoon a record 93 million Americans have already voted, which is two-thirds of the entire voting population of the 2016 election. The New York Times reported the country is estimated to surpass 150 million votes for the first time in American history. The Observer recently polled its followers on Twitter asking how they are voting in the election. Of the 177 responses, 72.9% have already voted by mail, 11.9% said they voted in-person, 9.6% said they have yet to vote, but will and 5.6% said they will not be voting.  Isabella Volmert | The Observer The mailbox outside of South Dining Hall is one of the on-campus locations Notre Dame students could mail their absentee and mail-in ballots.Senior Michael Marotta, co-chair of ND Votes, said while it’s too early to know how many Notre Dame students have voted, he predicts students will complete their ballots in greater numbers than in the 2016 election. ND Votes is a student run, non-partisan campaign sponsored by the Center for Social Concerns, the Rooney Center for the Study of American Democracy and the Constitutional Studies Minor with the mission of mobilizing and educating Notre Dame voters. The have sponsored a number of events this past semester in preparation for the election, and they prepared a voting guide for students.ND Votes participates in and utilizes the work of the National Study of Learning Voting and Engagement (NSLVE), an initiative of the Institute for Democracy and Higher Education (IDHE) at Tufts University’s Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life, a research center focused on college students’ participation in democracy The NSLVE created a report on student voting rates at Notre Dame in the 2016 election, and concluded a 54% voting rate among students at Notre Dame. Both Marotta and senior Rachel Sabnani, who is also a co-chair of ND Votes, expect a larger turnout among students this election. Sabnani said their organization saw an uptick in interest in their work this year, starting back in the summer. “We have really exponentially grown,” she said. ND Votes’s task force is made up of student dorm representatives and representatives of various political and non-partisan ]clubs and organizations on campus. “Our task force has doubled and tripled in size,” Sabnani said. Additionally, the club has been contacted by a number of other ND organizations as well such as academic departments, the athletics department and even personally by Muffet McGraw.Sabnani said they were also contacted by national organizations with similar missions as ND Votes such as Democracy Works and Voting Counts. Sabnani attributed the increased interest in ND Votes to a few factors, one being the club’s neutral position. “I think the country became more partisan and divided in the past few years, [so] people are drawn to our nonpartisanship,” she said. She also noted college students this year were in high school during the last election. She said since then, they have noticed how the government has affected their families and lives. “I think a lot of new young people are forming a political conscious,” she said. Marotta said almost everyone they have asked are registered to vote, which he believes is a result of the 2020 election’s heightened polarization. Saint Mary’s junior Catherine O’Neil cast her ballot through the mail, although she said she had a difficult experience. O’Neil, originally from Illinois, initially requested a ballot from her home county to be sent to her school address. “It was my first time voting in a presidential election,” she said. After weeks of waiting, O’Neil called the county clerk’s office and discovered her ballot had instead been sent to her permanent home address. O’Neil then requested a new ballot, but also had to mark the first ballot as “spoiled” for her new one to be counted. O’Neil said she had trouble finding information on what do do in her situation and several of her friends from her hometown experienced a similar problem. She is still worried if her new ballot will be counted in time. “Is my vote even going to be counted at this point?” she said. O’Neil said she is passionate about making sure her vote was accounted for especially after the events of this past year. “It’s a big year for the president, it’s a big year for the House,” she said. “It’s really important to make sure that the people that are in charge are people who are willing to speak for the people instead of just themselves or their donors.” Margaret McGreevy, a Notre Dame junior, was able to vote in-person a few weeks ago in South Bend. “I’m local so it was easier for me to vote in-person. I wanted to be sure my vote would be counted,” she said.McGreevy and two of her friends went to vote early in the morning one Friday. She said the process of voting took about an hour and fifteen minutes, as there was a long line, and then got breakfast together afterwards. “We kinda made like a half day of it,” she joked.McGreevy and her friends, after voting, saw former South Bend mayor and former Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg in line. “He was just standing in line along with everyone else,” she said. “It was kinda cool to see a politician going through the voting process just like anyone else.” The three friends were then able to take a socially-distanced picture with Buttigieg. “I think voting is so important,” McGreevy said. “I felt very empowered to go in-person and very lucky.” Tags: 2020 election, absentee ballot, mail in ballot, ND Votes, november general election, votelast_img read more

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first_img Curley Latiolais, 91, of Kountze, died Thursday, July 14, 2016. Melancon’s Funeral Home, Nederland. Next Up Death notices Ronnie Dale Hardin, 64, died Wednesday, July 13, 2016. Levingston Funeral Home, Groves.Crawford Walker, 50, of Beaumont died Tuesday, July 12, 2016. Proctor’s Mortuary, Beaumont.center_img Services todayHelen Rolf Rodgers Wilson, Oak Bluff Memorial Park, Port Neches, 11 a.m.last_img

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first_img Written by Morisseau, Sunset Baby tells the story of a former black revolutionary and political prisoner who decides to connect with his estranged daughter. He quickly discovers that fatherhood might be the most challenging revolution of all. Sunset Baby will begin performances November 6. Daphne Rubin-Vega Show Closed This production ended its run on Oct. 19, 2013 The Labyrinth Theater Company has announced its fall 2013 season, which will include Obie and Drama Desk Award winner Eric Bogosian performing 100 monologues from his one-man shows from the 1980s and ’90s, a new play by Dominique Morisseau (Detroit ’67) and a new series of “artist salons,” featuring performances and conversations with company members. This season is the first to be planned by the company’s new artistic director, Mimi O’Donnell. A Labyrinth spring production will be announced at a later date. Bogosian will read and perform selections from his new book, 100, which features monologues originally performed as part of his six off-Broadway solo shows. The selections will differ at each performance, and will include monologues from Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll, Pounding Nails in the Floor with my Forehead, Wake Up and Smell the Coffee and more. 100 Monologues will run from October 1 through 20. Related Shows 100 (Monologues) View Comments The season will kick off with the “artist salons,” which will feature poet Craig “muMs” Grant (HBO’s Oz), Tony nominee Daphne Rubin-Vega and Emmy nominee David Bar Katz. Grant will perform September 9 through 10, Rubin-Vega on September 16 and 17 and Katz on September 23 through 24 at Labyrinth’s Bank Street Theater. Star Fileslast_img read more

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first_img(609) 754-5023The McGuire Passenger Terminal is committed to providing the best possible service. Space Available seats are often limited, therefore, passenger planning and flexibility is key to Space Available travel from JB MDL. Amenities include, snack and drink vending machines, bathrooms and The Flight Kitchen from which meals can be purchased. Long-term parking is available for 60 days at a time at the parking center. Passes are required and can be obtained at the passenger terminal.last_img read more

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first_imgA play on Lance’s comment after winning the Sestriere mountain stage at the 1999 Tour de France. Damien Hirst, the artist that brought us such objects as the diamond encrusted skull (shown after the break), has designed this butterfly job for Lance’s latest custom Trek Madone.  It’s rumored this is the bike he’ll ride during the final stage of this year’s Tour de France, then it’ll be auctioned as part of his Stages charity benefit.  This bike follows in the footsteps of the other custom Madones by Shepard Fairey, Barry McGee, and KAWS.Check out the matching aero wheels after the break, along with another custom Madone by Futura that we’d never seen before… The Bontrager deep “v” rims get the butterfly treatment, too.I think a diamond encrusted Madone might attract more attention…The next one was actually done back in 2008, we’d just never seen it before.  It’s by NYC artist Futura, and it’s calle the Big Apple Madone.  Click the images to enlarge:last_img read more

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