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
Human beings love doing things in groups. It starts off with fun birthday parties when we’re kids, and goes all the way to desperate attempts to have fun at conferences – which is why so many of them come to New Orleans.
While folks are here at a conference, Teddy Nathan’s company, Cresecent City Connections, rounds them up and puts them to work volunteering for local non profits.
Frank Scurlock is at the kids’ birthday party end of group fun. Frank's family company invented Space Walk - aka the Bouncy Castle that can be found at kids' birthday parties worldwide courtesy of the Scurlock family's 200 international outposts.
Frank's more recent solo ventures make the bouncy castle look like, well, childs' play. With his company The T-Minus Group Frank is planning a theme park in the location of the defunct Five Flags and along with it a major redevelopment of large tracts of the East that will include hotels, a water park and much more. It's a vision that not so much rivals Disneyland as is openly inspired by it. With a hint of Dubai.
On this show we begin a new segment called Remember, You Heard It Here First. Thanks to 52 Businesses who specialize in finding entrepeneurs in the early stages of development, Out to Lunch host Peter Ricchiuti introduces entrepreneurs with little more than a big idea and gives them a shot at being heard.