Category Archives for "Ideas"

Jun 19

What is the real value of a CEO? And how a bad one can kill you

By Bruce Firestone | Business Coaching , Business Models , Entrepreneurship , Finance , Ideas

[This is an excerpt from Don’t Back Down, the real story of the founding of the NHL’s Ottawa Senators and why big leagues count written by Sens founder Bruce M Firestone, PhD, available from,] You have to laugh at the expectations of leadership in the US where they expect their leaders to have a […]

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Jun 15

Urban versus Suburban

By Bruce Firestone | Architecture , Finance , Green for Real , Ideas , Investing , Real Estate , Real Estate Investment Coaching , Sales & Marketing , Urban Economics

Here’s an article I wrote some time ago. In it, I was trying to understand why someone might pay $171,000 more for an urban townhouse, which was essentially the same as a suburban, much less expensive one, except closer into town. Was it a rational economic choice? Here’s what I concluded… then. Today, in an […]

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May 26

Disaster also brings opportunity… for a new beginning

By Bruce Firestone | Architecture , Business Coaching , Design , Entrepreneurship , Finance , Firestone Institute , Green for Real , Ideas , Investing , PB4L , Real Estate , Real Estate Investment Coaching , Urban Economics

A client of mine asks, “Hi Bruce, what are your thoughts on real estate and the economy over the next 12-24 months?” Here’s what I answered: No one really knows what will happen, but in my view, there will be many opportunities for people with cash. I suspect several trillion dollars of real estate in […]

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May 18

Purrdy Paws innovative self-capitalization idea

By Bruce Firestone | Business Coaching , Business Models , Entrepreneurship , Finance , Firestone Institute , Ideas , PB4L , Sales & Marketing

Purrdy Paws Mobile Grooming Spa founder Jayme Montero started with nothing. A teen mom, she had a “crazy” idea—to start a cat grooming mobile service when almost no one thought it would work—not her banker, her friends, no one. Her plan was to somehow finance and acquire a Mercedes Sprinter cargo van (which is tall […]

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May 16

40 Ottawa Senators Trivia Questions

By Bruce Firestone | Ideas , Sports & Entertainment

[Try answering these 40 Sens trivia questions yourself, then check your answers against Prof Bruce’s,] Q1 Which of the following are not founders of the modern era Ottawa Senators? Randy Sexton Bruce Firestone King Clancy Cyril Leeder Answer: Q2 When did the modern era Senators start playing again in the NHL? 1927 1987 1992 1995 […]

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