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
The vacuum created when NASA left the Michoud facility in New Orleans East has been filled by a range of new, innovative aero-space and robotic manufacturers. Among them, Crescent Unmanned Systems and NVision Solutions.
Charles Easterling, co-founder and CEO of Crescent Unmanned Sytems, came to lunch with his Google Glass. While you're doing whatever it is you do on a regular day, right off of the I-10 in New Orleans East Charles and Crescent Unmanned Systems are manufacturing one of the most advanced drones available.
A little further East along the I-10 at Stennis - now part of the New Orleans East NASA facility - Craig Harvey is Executive Vice President and COO of NVision Solutions, designing and manufacturing autonomous robots.
In the Pay It Forward segment of the show Peter Ricchiuti has Craig and Charles use their expertise to weigh in on start-up True-See Systems, a digital healthcare company specializing in photos you won't see on Facebook and won't hear discussed over many lunches: wounds.