We had the good fortune of connecting with Jake Malott and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Jake, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
I have really moved from this idea of trying to work 8am to 12am and shifting towards health and wellness in my life, managing stress, and finding balance. There are still times where everything has to be done and the only way is to put in the extra time and effort, however, I would rather fight to find efficiencies than fight to stay awake at my desk.

Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
This year (year 2) has been all about systems and implementing the right software for each part of the firm. Accounting, project management, invoicing, training, etc… We handle permits for real estate development. Whether that’s a kitchen remodel, a new house, or a multifamily property, we manage the interface with the city and ensure approvals. What separates us is we’ve been pioneering a digital interface which allows for clients to purchase services online with a fixed fee. A lot of our competitors operate in a traditional consulting firm format. We are bringing a new model into the 21st century, one that feels user friendly and easy to understand.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Whew, well, Corona restrictions aside I am generally going to offer a mix of nature and entertainment. I’m a big music fan and there are so many great venues in LA. For someone from out of town, seeing a show at the Palladium, the Greek Theatre, Hollywood Bowl, the Moroccan Lounge, or The Mayan are going to be serious treats. When it comes to going out, I always try to bring my friends to a Houston brothers bar, such as Breakroom 86, Good Times at Davey Waynes or similar. The combination of theatre and setting makes those cool and fun. What I’d recommend for nature is just any of the great golf courses or trails nearby. The boardwalk at Venice is always a spectacle, but climbing to Griffith or Runyon offers a view of the city a visitor will always get a kick out of.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Who do I shoutout? I have to shoutout a friend who was one of my first clients. Andre Herrero with CH-Herrero architecture and interior design firm. When I was initially on the fence to start my own company Andre not only gave me business early on, but consistently offered insight into the industry. I’ve enjoyed seeing the multiple successes that have come to his firm and have also enjoyed the work we do with them. These are the types of relationships we look for and it’s been a lot of fun being partnered with such a creative and confident friend.

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