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

Mover Shaker Maker February 12, 2015

In business, as in everything else, each generation finds a way to separate itself from the past. One of the interesting current generational shifts is the use of new technology to adapt and carry forward skills developed by previous generations. This group of folks call themselves “Makers.”

eric bernstein, tim williamson

Eric Bernstein is a local proponent of the Maker movement and founder of a company called Werkly.

tim williamson, peter ricchiuti

And on this show Peter welcomes back one of the grandfathers of the New Orleans economic boom, CEO of the Idea Village, Tim Williamson. 

eric bernstein, tim williamson, peter ricchiuti

It says something about the speed of change in New Orleans that we can call Tim a grandfather. In real life Tim’s a young guy with a kid barely in elementary school, but Eric Bernstein and others like him are the second wave of entrepreneurs born out of the innovative business environment fostered by The Idea Village.

eric bernstein, tim williamson, peter ricchiuti, domenic giunta

In the You Heard It Here First segment, Domenic Giunta pitches his DIY manufacturing revolution, IDIYA. You can hear a longer conversation with Domenic, Peter, Tim and Eric andout IDIYA here.

All the photos on this page were taken at Commander's Palace by Chet Overall.

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