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Investing with Your Tribe with Travis Smith

Travis is the founder & CEO of Tribevest. He started his career with Morgan Stanley but realized the most direct path to true wealth and financial freedom is in the private markets. He is now a partner in several investor groups (he calls Tribes) that invest in SFRs (single-family-rentals), multifamily, and commercial real estate. However, his favorite investor group is the one that enabled him to own vacation homes and even a racehorse with his Brothers. Now his obsession is to level the playing field, and he knows first hand that forming investor groups is the great equalizer. As a result, he built Tribevest, an online platform where people can assemble their tribe, align, form, and operate their own investor group.


  1. The most direct path to true wealth and financial freedom
  2. Leveraging the power of your tribe
  3. Tribe Mentality, social contracts, and the great equalizer
  4. Hurdles and stigma of investing with friends and family
  5. How Tribevest can help people just like you
  6. Why a lot of tribes never get started
  7. How the Job Acts of 2012 has democratized private investments


1. What was your biggest hurdle getting started in real estate investing, and how did you overcome it?

  • Travis didn’t have the know-how, capital, or network but solved these challenges by forming an investor tribe.

2. Do you have a personal habit that contributes to your success?

  • Meditation, counting gratitude, a vision, and prayer every morning.

3. Do you have an online resource that you find valuable?

4. What book would you recommend to the listeners and why?

5. If you were to give advice to your 20-year-old self to get started in real estate investing, what would it be?

  • Form investor tribe earlier, and told himself just how awesome the real estate is and why.


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