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Goldman Equities Trader Will No Longer Wonder What Happens To A Dream (Involving Beating People With Branches) Deferred

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Back in the day, as in 2007, Wall Street compensated its employees in a way that made them feel loved. In a way that allowed them to repress the true passions they would have been going after if the price were not oh so right. Now, obviously, not so much. Combine that with suffocating regulation and you've got a bunch of financial services hacks who are saying fuck this shit-- I refuse to waste another day here while my dream of opening a line of Russian saunas in New Jersey slips away. So far just one guy-- a Goldman trader in Moscow-- has said that, but presumably the floodgates are about to open.

Goldman Sachs Group Inc.’s chief equity trader in Moscow, Peter Kizenko, said he quit to return to New Jersey and finish building a commercial Russian sauna. Kizenko, who was born in New York, said he decided to return after 18 years in Moscow because of the growth of electronic trading and declining compensation in the industry...The banya tradition dates to the 11th century in Russia. A wooden log shed is heated by an electric or wood-burning stove to well over 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Copious amounts of water are poured on the heat source to bring the humidity to about the same level. A visit to a banya begins with several rotations in and out of the steam room to allow the body to warm up. Naked bathers typically beat one another with birch or pine branches before plunging into cold water or rolling in snow to cool down. There are about five to seven banyas already in the New York, area according to Kizenko, who considered opening one in London until he saw how expensive the rents are. “There are a few in Brooklyn and Manhattan, but the aesthetics are not up to scratch,” Kizenko said by phone today. “We are going for a mixture of the contemporary and the classical of Sanduny in Moscow.” Kizenko had his banya, called Bear and Birch, made in Russia and shipped to the U.S., he said.

Grand opening invite TK.

Goldman’s Chief Russia Trader Quits to Build New York Sauna [Bloomberg]


Ashley Dupré's New Career Involves Encouraging Customers To Put Clothes On

If it feels like it's been forever since we last heard from Eliot Spitzer's former gal-pal Ashley Dupré it's because it has. What's she been up to since July 2010, when she told reporters she was focusing on getting her real estate license and writing a dating column which sadly did not continue past its debut? Becoming a small business owner and shedding her old skin, which she'd appreciate if you didn't bring up in conversation. That (hooking) was then, this (being a New Jersey-based entrepreneur) is now. And while the new venture "represents a continuation of her evolution," rest assured "special underthings" and swimsuits will always have a place in her life. Four years after her high-priced hotel romps with Eliot Spitzer dynamited his tenure as governor of New York and made her infamous, Ashley Dupré says she turned a page Monday with the opening of Femme by Ashley, a lingerie and swimwear boutique on the choicest block in downtown Red Bank. The shop, Dupré told redbankgreen in an exclusive interview, “is almost like the beginning of the rest of my life...Petite and wearing eyeglasses that made her appear somewhat more studious than she did in Girls Gone Wild videos made a decade ago, 27-year-old Dupré said she agreed to redbankgreen‘s request for a sit-down only at the urging of her boyfriend, TJ Earle, who thought it was important in establishing community roots. She said it would likely be her only interview on the topic. “I’m just done with it,” Dupré said of her scandal-based persona. “I’m very private. People don’t believe that, but I’m a very private person. I don’t want that life. I’m not looking to be in the press. I’m just looking to get on with my life.” “I’m a girl, and I think every girl likes to shop and explore their tastes,” she said. “Getting into this business, I kind of explored all of these designers and fell in love with them.” The shop offers swimsuits in the $180 to $200 range as well as some “special” underthings, Dupré said. Pop in for a look-see today. ASHLEY DUPRÉ SETS UP SHOP AND MOVES ON [RedBankGreen via Daily Intel]


Travis Kalanick Is No Longer The CEO Of Uber Because He Owed Way Too Many People Too Much Money

You heard it here first: Travis' replacement should come from Wall Street, not Sand Hill Road.