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The World According to Riggs Kubiak, Honest Buildings’ Visionary CEO

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For Riggs Kubiak, the appeal of real estate lay in its tangibility.

“Working with things that you can touch, feel, walk into and experience,” he said, “was more exciting to me than dealing with synthetic collateralized debt obligations.”

Mr. Kubiak, 32, got his start in the industry renting apartments while he was an undergraduate at Boston College. And, following stints at Ernst & Young and Granite Partners, he rose to become the global head of sustainability at Tishman Speyer, where he worked for five years.

Now he’s the chief executive officer of Honest Buildings, a website he co-founded with his sister, Garrett Kubiak, and Cody Roberts that connects building owners and tenants with brokers, contractors and other real estate professionals in a bid to bolster transparency and hasten innovation in construction, design and other fields. Read More

Codecademy Opens its First Office at 49 West 27th Street

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Codecademy, an online educational platform that offers free coding classes and counts Mayor Michael Bloomberg among its subscribers, is opening its first office on the entire fourth floor of 49 West 27th Street, between Avenue of the Americas and Broadway. The company inked a five-year lease for 8,700 square feet in the building at a rent in the high $30s per square foot. Read More