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

The Franchise Option

The Franchise Option
March 1, 2018

When you think of a business that’s based on franchising, you probably think of places like Subway and McDonalds. But there are many more. There are over 750,000 franchise outlets in the U.S. Some of them might surprise you. Like Barre 3. They’re workout studios that combine ballet barre with yoga and Pilates.  There are 3 Barre 3 studios here in New Orleans, all owned by Kendall Carriere.  Jeff Anderson is owner of the... Read More »

Looking Good

Looking Good
February 22, 2018

When you’re starting your own business you often hear two pieces of advice. "Do something you love." And, "use your personal experience to better understand your business." Linsey Lamba used her personal experience as a technology consultant in Seattle, working with Microsoft, to go into business for herself. Making skincare products. Linsey explains her transition from consultant to founder of Ariya Apothecary over lunch with Peter Ricchiuti. Peter is also joined by Mark... Read More »

Words and Music

Words and Music
February 15, 2018

You might have noticed in some grocery stores or coffee shops that when you go to check out there are a handful of CDs for sale. That impulse purchase spot is one of the few places you can buy CDs these days, now that most of us buy or steal music online. That might just seem like inevitable technological evolution to you. But what happens when the world changes and you... Read More »

Tourists and Locals

Tourists and Locals
February 8, 2018

If you live in or have spent any time in New Orleans recently, this has probably happened to you. You’re driving around town, or you walk out of a bar or restaurant, and you’re suddenly confronted by a huge bunch of people on bikes. The bikes are all decorated and lit up like neon signs and these people seem to be having the best time ever. This is not a bunch... Read More »

Unicorn 504

Unicorn 504
February 1, 2018

You’ve probably heard the expression, “follow the money.” It usually refers to a method of tracking criminal activity.  In entrepreneurial circles, following the money can lead to a lot more money. Or it can lead to absolutely nothing. Knowing which entrepreneurial idea to bet on is more art than science. Peggy Babin is CEO of a firm called Valmiki 504. It’s the New Orleans branch of a Manhattan investment company and they’re investing... Read More »

Online Offline

Online Offline
January 25, 2018

If you’ve been out to lunch yourself lately, you’ve seen people sitting around a table, all looking at their phones. It’s no longer an unusual sight. The boundary between the real world and the digital world is getting more blurred all the time. If you have a business, that blurred line is vital to navigate. Getting people to find you online and then selling them your product in the real world has become... Read More »

Alt Startup

Alt Startup
January 18, 2018

One of the knocks against New Orleans as a place to start up a business is that we can’t be all that great or we would have produced a Google or Facebook or some sort of spectacular big-bucks success by now. But, despite what you might think, not everybody wants to be a billionaire. Some people have a great idea for a small creative business. They don’t need millions of dollars... Read More »

Third World And Proud Of It

Third World And Proud Of It
January 11, 2018

You don’t have to be the host of a business show to hear good ideas for making money. I bet you’ve heard a few. Maybe you’ve even had a few. Getting your business idea to actually happen though, well, that’s not always so easy. Sometimes it’s a matter of having enough cash to kick off with. And somebody who knows something about business to help. That’s where New Orleans micro-loan business accelerator, Fund... Read More »

Drinkstagram

Drinkstagram
January 4, 2018

There are 500 million people on Instagram. It’s the world’s biggest social media site behind Facebook. Instagram reportedly grew by 100 million users over the past 12 months. Business people wrestle with a simple question: How do you turn this captive audience into customers? On this edition of Out to Lunch we meet the person who has the answer. His name is Dalton Dean. Dalton's app, Mainspree, lets you turn your Instagram account... Read More »

Surf 'n Turf

Surf 'n Turf
December 14, 2017

There is, apparently, more than one way to skin a cat. You might imagine, however, that choices become more limited if you think about how many ways you could shuck an oyster. Or buy a steak. Well, time to expand your imagination. Peter's guests on today’s Out to Lunch have found new ways to shuck oysters. And sell meat. Becky Wasden is the owner of a company called Two Girls One Shuck. Two Girls One... Read More »

Cutting Edge Healthcare

Cutting Edge Healthcare
December 7, 2017

Of the many things that divide us, there is one thing that unites us all. We all get sick. So it’s ironic that healthcare is one of the most divisive issues in the country. While political arguments about healthcare seem to be stuck in an endless loop, healthcare technology continues to advance.    At New Orleans’ Ochsner Health System, Aimee Quirk is CEO of a division called Innovation Ochsner where they’re working with both... Read More »

Philanthropy Dat

Philanthropy Dat
November 30, 2017

What do you think when someone you’re doing business with tells you, “I’m not in it for the money”? You assume they’re in it for the money, right? I mean, why else would they say that? Well, once in a while you meet people in business who genuinely are in it for reasons other than money. Like Mike Kantor and Andy Kopplin.  Mike is the interim director of the Grow Dat Youth Farm... Read More »

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