"The Universe won't give you a ham sandwich" - Part of the great advice on this episode (episode 264). Joe Payton is a real estate developer, serial entrepreneur and angel investor. Payton began his career selling advertising and publishing and moved into investor relations getting a graduate degree in 1994 from the University of Denver and working in-house in the mid 1990’s for Corporate Express, a startup that grew from $50M when he joined - to $1B in sales through acquisition and multiple public offerings. Joe was on the core Investor Relations team for the IPO and four secondary offerings. Joe left corporate to invest in real estate full time in 1996. As a real estate investor Joe began buying and selling single family homes and parlayed his capital into larger developments and then small startups of his own and as angel investor. Joe was a member of the Rockies Venture club in Denver Colorado and the Central Texas Angel Network in Austin. Nothing he invested in went “big”, but he’s seen several hundred deal pitches, run diligence on a couple of dozen investments and gotten to know the process from the Angel side as well as the IPO experience when he was in Corporate. In Dallas, Joe is focused on his business startups and real estate developments. GeniusDen: -Targets founders of startups with core management team, product, customers, revenue and scalable market potential. -Provides member executives with community, peer support and actionable relevant lessons from qualified speakers to drive growth in operational excellence, fiscal discipline and sales performance. Once accepted, Members pay rent for space they need - from a seat at an open desk to a full office. The rent is market rate on par with coworking spaces. GeniusDen does not take equity from Member's companies at this time. If you are a Startup Founder - you are invited to come for a tour or attend a lecture to meet the community and share your vision and mission. Reach Joe Payton at joe@GeniusDen.com or schedule a tour: www.GeniusDen.com.