Category Archives for "Finance"

Dec 19

Why the financial industry is (mostly) a ripoff

By Bruce Firestone | Business Coaching , Finance , Investing , Life Coaching , Real Estate Investment Coaching

I’m halfway through Bill Browder’s excellent 2015 book, Red Notice, talking about his experiences as an investment banker and asset manager in Russia in the days and years after the fall of the iron curtain (circa the 1990s). If you are like me and wonder why so many of the financial industry’s products are self-serving […]

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Dec 18

How entrepreneurs should really fund their startups

By Bruce Firestone | Business Coaching , Finance

Here’s an except from Bill Browder’s excellent book, Red Notice, Simon & Schuster, 2015, https://www.dropbox.com/s/kgepgbdty474z6m/Red%20Notice%20Bill%20Browder%20Mad%20River%20financing%20excerpt%20chapter%208.pdf?dl=0, a true story. Bill was among the first people to recognize the opportunity to invest in Russian equities (then called vouchers—basically, coupons that could be alchemized into shares in what would eventually be publicly-traded entities) at the end of the […]

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Nov 16

Blowing it

By Bruce Firestone | Business Coaching , Finance

I have a small group of Canucklehead entrepreneurs that I coach. They have a great idea (seriously) to launch a new service to do the last mile of ****** for homeowners. What it is exactly, I am not allowed to say, but there’s no doubt that an app would be an amazing boost. But that’s […]

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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, https://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, https://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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