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Jerome Chang   User Experience in Real Estate  

You know what? I think landlords are finally starting to get us. Us users, that it.

I just attended a networking event for real estate folks (BisNow, "Creative Office Space Summit"), and learned from both panels that landlords are trying to do everything they can to accommodate creative professionals. Finally. Right? One panel was comprised of tenants and designers--people from Google, Riot Games, and Gensler. The other panel was comprised of developers: Mr. Ratkovich (Ratkovich Company), Mr. Rising (Rising Realty), Hudson Pacific, and Kilroy. These are big players in the real estate industry who are listening to and experimenting with what users want. Why? Their employers--the tenants--cater to their staff, and so these employers request--in fact, demand--terms and amenities from the buildings they want to occupy.

I almost fell off my chair when Chris Rising asserted that creative spaces are about community...for the entire building and for the surrounding neighborhood! They finally get it! Mr. Stern of Hudson Pacific added the need to address shorter 6- and 12-month leases, and to seriously consider property operations, such as coworking. Others chimed in about sustainability and alternative transit options--the Metro, biking, walking--as "do or die" requirements for their developments.

Folks, egalitarian democracy has not only arrived, but users now stand atop the traditional pyramid of hierarchy.

UX in real estate is about to go big time. Get ready for the next phase of office "communities."

    Jerome Chang
Head Honcho
LADOTNET   Event Highlight  
  LADOTNET Special Event: Building Windows 8 Apps with CSLA.NET
  Wednesday, July 31,
630 - 10 PM, bLA


CSLA.NET is one of the most widely used open source software development frameworks for the .NET platform. Windows 8 (Windows Runtime or WinRT) clearly represents the future of the Windows client development platform. Come and learn about WinRT development and how using CSLA.NET makes development easier. Even better, if you are using CSLA.NET today with Windows Forms or WPF, it can radically reduce the effort required to move to WinRT in the future.

Rockford Lhotka is the CTO of Magenic, and is the creator of the widely used CSLA.NET development framework. He is the author of numerous books, and regularly speaks at major conferences around the world. Rockford is a Microsoft Regional Director and MVP. Magenic is a company that specializes in planning, designing, building, and maintaining your enterprise's most mission critical systems.

RSVP for this exciting session at


Crashing from the High Can Suck

By Alexandra Choi

  As artists, whenever we do something that's in alignment with our purpose, with our dream, we get a high.

Whenever I get lost in a project, whether it's alone or collaborating with others, I feel so damn good. Time flies, the mind is quick and alert, the body feels light and flexible, and my Spirit is 'up'. Then, when it's all said and done, I notice an itch I can't seem to scratch. Sometimes, there's even a change in my mood. Every second feels like eternity, the mind is scattered and overwhelmed, the body feels heavy and tight, and my Spirit is 'down'.

I'm coming down. The crash.

All I want is to feel good and alive again. Will eating this food or drinking this drink make me feel that again? Will watching this movie make me feel that again? Will hanging out with this person make me feel that again? Will buying something make me feel that again? Will surfing the web make me feel that again? Will smoking this make me feel that again?

The crash feels wrong so I'll do whatever it takes for a little pick-me-up.


The crash isn't wrong. In fact, it's necessary. Our natural state is neutral. Not excited, and not depressed. Neutral. As much as we'd like, we are not meant to stay excited. Nor are we meant to stay depressed. Neither are sustainable. Both exert too much energy and the Law of Conservation Of Energy, our Higher Selves, our Intuition, and our bodies are always seeking balance for ourselves, within ourselves. It will do what it needs to recalibrate.

Allow yourself to do so. Allow yourself to balance out again.

But, balance can only take place once you have gone to the extremes. There's no way around it. And life will surely help you with this. ;) It will give you many opportunities…or problems. However you want to look at it. Go to the extremes, without judgment. There's no doing it right or getting it right. Just being, just living. As a recovering perfectionist, I'm learning this every day.

And do your best to feel the void, and not fill the void. Nothing is good or bad, it just is. Acceptance of reality is the best route to personal peace. Trust and breathe.

So, can you simply observe and accept 'the crash' as Nature's wonderful way of working with you and for you?

Nature's been around a long long time…I think She knows what she's doing. Don't you?

Alexandra Choi is an actress, producer, and blogger living in Los Angeles.

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  Entrepreneur MasterMind Series
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  The Crohn's Journey Foundation Support Group and Guest Speaker
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  LADOTNET Special Event
Wed, July 31,
630 - 10 PM, bLA

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