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

9th and Lower 9th

9th and Lower 9th
September 20, 2018

It’s one thing to come up with an idea for a business and open it in Mid City or Uptown. It’s quite another undertaking to launch and run a business in the 9th Ward. Or the Lower 9th ward. That’s what Peter Ricchiuti's guests on today's Out to Lunch are doing. Mark Sanders is the owner and CEO of Ninth Ward Nursery. Rashida Ferdinand is Executive Director of Sankofa Community Development Corporation. Mark’s nursery is... Read More »

STEM

STEM
September 13, 2018

In 1967, Edward de Bono invented “Lateral Thinking.” It’s a type of reasoning that solves problems by steps that might not be obvious.  For example, how do you get more college grads to enter the workforce wanting to go into technology? Regular logic would suggest employers pay more to people in these positions. Or offer college scholarships. Todd Wackerman has come up with a lateral thinking solution. It’s called STEM Library Lab. It... Read More »

Fashion Function

Fashion Function
September 6, 2018

For a number of years now we’ve talked about New Orleans as a great place to start a business. But we’ve learned it’s not such an easy place to take a startup to the next level. When the business you’re starting up is not technology, but you’re actually manufacturing a real-world product, it becomes even more difficult. Jaime Glas seems to have defied the odds. Jaime started a manufacturing business. She’s based... Read More »

That's a Great Idea

That's a Great Idea
August 30, 2018

Remember that time you had a great idea? You were probably doing something you’ve done a thousand times before and you thought, “There’s got to be an easier way. Why doesn’t somebody invent...” fill in the blank. People who work in universities have these kinds of ideas too. When you think about it, the reason people work at universities is they’re smart. They’re the kinds of people who deal in ideas. But... Read More »

Sugar Frizz

Sugar Frizz
August 23, 2018

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... Read More »

Pelvic Speech

Pelvic Speech
August 16, 2018

In business, we go to great pains to treat men and women equally. But when it comes to pain itself, men and women are not always equal. That’s why Sara Reardon opened NOLA Pelvic Health. NOLA Pelvic Health is the first and only clinic in New Orleans that specializes in the treatment of women’s pelvic floor muscle dysfunctions -including pelvic pain, bowel and bladder dysfunction, sexual dysfunction, and pregnancy and postpartum recovery.  Dr... Read More »

Healthy Eats

Healthy Eats
August 9, 2018

When people say “New Orleans is known for its food” they mostly mean restaurants. From iconic places like Commander’s, to your favorite hole-in-the-wall poboy joint. What we are less known for in New Orleans is healthy food. But like so much else here, that’s changing. One of the reasons for that change is a company called Supereats. At Supereats they make what they call “snacks with a purpose.” ` Healthy snack food might sound... Read More »

What's Going to Happen to Healthcare?

What's Going to Happen to Healthcare?
August 2, 2018

There are not many subjects that everybody is an expert on. But healthcare is one of them. Many people’s opinions about how healthcare should be provided are formed as a result of interactions with the healthcare system that have involved large sums of money and had less than optimum outcomes. On this edition of Out to Lunch Peter Ricchiuti is talking with two experts about the healthcare system as we know it,... Read More »

Crime and Education

Crime and Education
July 26, 2018

We get excited when economic development people announce a prestigious business is relocating to New Orleans, and bringing with it hundreds of jobs. But business recruiters often report that quality candidates don’t want to move to New Orleans, because of our poor education system and high crime rate. Peter Ricchiuti's guests on this edition of Out to Lunch are working on both of those problems. Jeff Burkhardt’s company, Active Solutions, are the guys... Read More »

Duck Catalyst

Duck Catalyst
July 19, 2018

People come to Louisiana looking for everything from Alligators to Zydeco. The two things they are usually not looking for are high tech superstars and women duck hunters. That’s exactly who Peter's guests on Out to Lunch are looking for. Bill Ellison and his venture capital organization Innovation Catalyst invest in new high-tech companies. Some of them turn out to be big deals, like Waitr, which recently sold for $308m. Emily Degan’s company, Saint... Read More »

Dynasty

Dynasty
July 12, 2018

In New Orleans, like many other cities, we have historical landmarks, like Jackson Square. And St. Louis Cathedral. But we also have our own unique historical landmarks. Some of them fall into a special category called, “Ain’t dere no more.” Among those are K&B, McKenzies, and Wagner’s Meat. Scott Wolfe Sr was the owner of the Wagner’s Meat stores. Scott is currently the owner of Melba’s Old School Poboys on Elysian Fields. John... Read More »

Gut Feeling

Gut Feeling
July 5, 2018

You’ve probably heard of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. At the foundation of the pyramid is our need for shelter and food. Even if you’re a real New Orleanian and you think about food a lot, there’s a pretty good chance you don’t spend too much time pondering the 40 trillion bacteria living in your gut. Dr. Dale Pfost does. Dale’s company, Microbiome Therapeutics, has launched a product called BiomeBliss. It’s a step... Read More »

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