Out to Lunch

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

inNOvations June 9, 2016

As you know, statistics can be twisted to mean anything we want. How about this computation? If every one of the 9 million tourists who visit New Orleans was to visit one of the 400,000 locals, you’d only have 23 visitors a year. You’ve probably had more folks than that over to watch a Saints game, right?

So. How would you like to entertain tourists - and get paid for it? That’s the principle behind Patricia Maher’s new business – an app called Fuhwe.

patricia maher

Patricia explains to Peter what the name of the app means and what it all means for locals and "explorers" as Fuhwe-ans are called, on this edition of Out to Lunch.

lowry curley

Dr. Lowry Curley has a revolutionary idea too - though Peter can’t explain the math on this one. Lowry’s company, Axo Sim, is creating human life. On a silicon chip. Yes, you read that correctly. The company’s slogan is “Nerve on a chip” and it’s not just a crazy idea - they are actually doing it.

peter ricchiuti, lowry curley, patricia maher

Two New Orleans revolutionaries, Patricia Maher and Lowry Curley, join Peter Ricchiuti for a fascinating look at a New Orleans that seems to be changing faster and more radically than ever.

Photos at Commander's Palace by Alison Moon.

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