The FORT Podcast: Edward Bogel

Edward Bogel is the Co-Founder of Davidson Bogel, a boutique land investment advisory group and brokerage firm. The company’s base principal is exceptional client service with investment and development of land throughout Texas and Oklahoma. They discuss the journey of founding a company, what makes a great land broker, and the future of development in the DFW area.

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01:50 – What has happened in your life which led you to ZeroDown?
11:30 – Gratefulness is one of your most appealing traits. What has helped you adopt this mindset?
14:35 – How did you get into designing video games when you were younger?
20:20 – Were you exposed to these advanced topics at an early age or was this more your nature?
23:40 – What is the difference between education in India and the United States?
26:20 – How did you find the Paul Graham essays? What about them changed your life?
29:14 – What was it like working at such a fast growing company such as Zenefits?
34:03 – How do you prioritize goals in a hyper-growth company and gain buy in?
37:00 – What your experience as Head of Operations? What did you learn?
41:22 – Overview of ZeroDown
54:10 – What are “loyalty points”? How do they incentivize customers to make their mortgage payments on time?
57:32 – Growth Hacking with Slack
1:03:57 – Is there anything that has shocked you about customers or business since starting ZeroDown?


Edward Bogel is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Davidson Bogel Real Estate. Edward specializes in land sales, acquisitions and ground-up developments throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth area and across portions of Texas. In his career, he has closed more than 200 transactions with an aggregate value in excess of $585 million. After graduating from Texas A&M University with a bachelor’s degree in agribusiness, Edward joined Altschuler and Company (ALT+CO), a boutique brokerage and real estate advisory firm in Dallas. After ALT+CO, Edward was a Senior Vice President with Venture Commercial Real Estate where he helped co-found Venture’s Land Division and expand its land listing portfolio to over 150 properties in a four-year period. He was a top producer within Venture in 2013 and 2014. Edward has been recognized as one of D Magazine’s Power Brokers in seven of the last eight years, an in 2014, he was selected as the youngest member of Dallas Business Journal’s esteemed “40 Under 40,” a list of Dallas’ most influential young business leaders.

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