Category Archives for "Investing"

Oct 05

Pizza for the people by the people

By Bruce Firestone | Business Coaching , Business Models , Design , Entrepreneurship , Finance , Ideas , Investing , PB4L , Real Estate , Sales & Marketing , Urban Economics

So, you think you know something about modern-era business models? Well, test yourself by examining what chief executive officer Michael Lastoria has done with his fledgling chain of tiny (300-square foot) &Pizza restaurants, which now number 36 locations on the US east coast. Here’s his secret sauce in which he invokes crucial elements of the […]

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Oct 03

How to get free labor to build your next home

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

[Negative Cost Labor (And Low-Cost Finance)] Sometimes, you can turn a cost into a negative cost. A former architecture student of mine, Dominique Tonetti and her husband, Frank Dutton, are managing to do that on their new project, Solisterra in Québec. Dominique and Frank are building wonderful straw bale structures on a 150-acre property they […]

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Oct 02

Longyards grand opening

By Bruce Firestone | Architecture , Business Coaching , Business Models , Design , Entrepreneurship , Investing , PB4L , Real Estate , Real Estate Investment Coaching , Urban Economics

While it is a long march from humble beginnings to a continent-spanning business operation, if anyone can do it, it’s my friend and coaching client, Chris Long, pictured here with his oldest daughter, Lily, at the grand opening of Longyards at 6571 Bank street in Ottawa Canada on October 1st, 2019. Chris is a trained […]

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Sep 19

The problem with deposits and what is a legal agreement anyway?

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

Most agreements of purchase and sale have a number of elements in them— A (small) deposit which is credited on completion A down-payment (added to the deposit) on completion A mortgage in 1st place from a major lender And sometimes a 2nd mortgage seller take back from the seller or a 2nd mortgage from a […]

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Aug 17

In defense of the sharing economy and in particular home-sharing platforms

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

[Feature image: Airbnb founder Joe Gebbia (right)] In June 2019, I wrote to city consultant Brian Bourns who had held a short-term rental workshop, https://ottawa.ca/en/short-term-rental-workshop-3, which no doubt brought forth many competing viewpoints on Airbnb, VRBO, Expedia et al. Below you will find my note to Brian and also a defense of home-sharing written by […]

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