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

Bill Gates Walks Into a Bar

Bill Gates Walks Into a Bar
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Have you heard this one? Bill Gates walks into a bar... Actually, it’s not a joke. It’s a lesson about the definition of averages. Bill Gates walks into a bar. There’s 20 people in there. The average net worth of everybody in the bar is now 5 billion dollars. In a similar manner, New Orleans business boosters like to say these days, “New Orleans is the fastest growing tech city in... Read More »

The Kids Are Alright

The Kids Are Alright
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Kicked Up Local

Kicked Up Local
January 17, 2019

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The Most Non-Profit Time of the Year

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December 13, 2018

Each year around the holidays, we shift our collective focus for a few weeks. In addition to thinking about our own needs, we think about others. We buy gifts. We listen to music that’s all about unanimity. And we give to charity. For some people, this kind of largesse is not confined to the weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas. It’s what they do every day. Oji Alexander is Executive Director of a... Read More »

Curbed Lionheart

Curbed Lionheart
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Staples

Staples
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Stay Local

Stay Local
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Step Out of the Vehicle

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Biomedical Nitpickers

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9th and Lower 9th

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STEM

STEM
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Fashion Function

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