OUT TO LUNCH finds economist and Tulane finance professor Peter Ricchiuti conducting business New Orleans style: over lunch at Commander's Palace restaurant. Each week Peter invites guests from the New Orleans business renaissance to join him. The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and Inc magazine have all named New Orleans the best city in the USA to be an entrepreneur. Out to Lunch is the cafeteria of the new New Orleans entrepreneurial movement. You can also hear the show on WWNO 89.9FM.
Photo by Rick Lineberger
Two years ago on Out to Lunch we met two very interesting entrepreneurs.
Haley Burns was just finishing up school. She was wondering if she could turn a project called Fund 17 that she’d started as a student, into a full time job.
Libby Fischer had come to New Orleans to get involved in education again, having been a part of Teach For America in Mississippi. On this trip, Libby wound up as CEO of an education startup called Whetstone.
Today, Haley Burns and Libby Fisher are Peter's guests on Out to Lunch. Two years later, things are very different for both of them.
Haley has pioneered a business model that takes folks with a “side hustle” and gives them the skills and capital to start a business.
Libby has turned out to be an extraordinarily effective CEO and has grown her startup into a nationwide business with over 11,000 teachers serving a quarter of a million students. And she's one of Forbes Magazine's 2017 30 Under 30 All Stars.
This is a fun and informative conversation with two innovative entrepreneurs.