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
Sometimes the stars just line up. Whether it’s fate, destiny, luck, or your own ingenuity, once in a while you find yourself in the right place at the right time and you have one of those “Aha” moments.
Turning that aha moment into a successful business is a whole other matter. That’s what Peter's two lunch guests today are hard at work doing.
Boyce Clark was a geophysicist and a single dad who came up with a chemical solution to tame his daughter’s frizzy hair. Now he has a nationwide, chemistry-driven beauty products business called Lubricity Labs.
Arpit Bhopalkar came to New Orleans and was amazed to find athletes drinking coconut water rather than the sugarcane water he was used to drinking in South East Asia. So Arpit started up Bhoomi Cane Water, a company that makes cane juice from the massive amount of sugar cane grown in Louisiana.
Opportunity knocks but once. You get one shot at turning a moment into a mountain (of money).