Category Archives for "Finance"

Nov 07

Building a real estate business model with burgers

By Bruce Firestone | Business Coaching , Business Models , Entrepreneurship , Finance , Ideas , Real Estate , Real Estate Investment Coaching , Urban Economics

[A version of this article first appeared in Ottawa Business Journal, http://www.obj.ca/bruce-firestone] When most people think about business models and modeling, they think it only applies to tech startups but turns out, they’re just as important in any industry including real estate. If I ask someone about real estate models, she or he will probably […]

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Oct 03

Steve Willis’ Attempt to Makeover Ottawa Part 2 of 2

By Bruce Firestone | Architecture , Design , Finance , Green for Real , Ideas , Real Estate , Urban Economics

[A version of this article first appeared in Ottawa Business Journal, http://www.obj.ca/article/op-ed-meet-steve-willis-city-halls-most-important-person] [Part 1, https://brucemfirestone.com/steve-willis-attempt-to-makeover-ottawa-part-1-of/] Interestingly,Mr. Willis recognizes that a one size fits all planning and infrastructure approach makes no sense. He promises that in the next OP (official plan) review (slated to be completed in 2021 or 2022), a more nuanced, fine-grained approach whereby […]

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May 26

Why Not Make it Nine?

By Bruce Firestone | Architecture , Business Coaching , Entrepreneurship , Finance , Investing , Sports & Entertainment , Urban Economics

[Here’s an article I wrote in 2009 for a local Ottawa newspaper that is worthwhile re-reading today amidst talk of the Sens possibly packing up and heading to greener pastures (possibly Quebec City) due to attendance woes in the 2016/17 regular season and playoffs as well as subsequent years. I think a better idea would […]

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Feb 22

25 Steps to Entrepreneurial Success

By Bruce Firestone | Business Coaching , Business Models , Entrepreneurship , Finance , PB4L , Real Estate , Sales & Marketing , Sports & Entertainment , Urban Economics

I am often asked, “What are the keys to success?” I have developed some ideas about this over the years and, like any such list, mine is bound to be incomplete. Worse than that, many of these ideas about success are contradictory. Things that I learned from my Dad, Professor O. J. Firestone, like “Never […]

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Jan 06

Approval of Coach Houses Opens the Way to Better Urban Design

By Bruce Firestone | Architecture , Business Coaching , Business Models , Design , Entrepreneurship , Finance , Green for Real , Ideas , Investing , Real Estate , Real Estate Investment Coaching , Urban Economics

(This article first appeared in OBJ,  https://obj.ca/article/opinion-coach-houses-open-door-better-urban-planning-ottawa.) As OBJ readers may already know, the city of Ottawa recently changed its bylaws to permit construction of coach houses on many existing residential lots. This is part of a worldwide effort to densify and intensify existing urban areas to make them more interesting, more diverse, and more […]

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