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

Worldwide Thibodaux

Worldwide Thibodaux
August 31, 2017

In  the 1600’s, Galileo discovered that the Earth was not the center of the universe. Until  then, we thought everything revolved around us. There are still people who believe the universe revolves around New Orleans. It’s Caitlin Cain’s job to convince anyone who does not believe it, that it’s true. Caitlin is the CEO of the World Trade Center of New Orleans. (Just as an aside – there is proof that we are the... Read More »

Win Win

Win Win
August 24, 2017

People often compare business strategy to combat, and sports.   In sports, we grow up learning it’s the game that counts - winning isn’t everything. Which is true, unless you’ve got money on the game.  It’s not always legal to bet on the outcome of games. But Zach Dixon has found a way. Zach is the co-founder of Players Lounge - a real and virtual place where you can bet on the outcome... Read More »

The Economy of Crime

The Economy of Crime
August 17, 2017

The difference between successful people and the rest of us is that when successful people have an idea they don’t just say “Wouldn’t it be great if somebody did X, Y or Z,” they do it. Like Sidney Torres IV.. While most of us complained for years about the putrid smell in the French Quarter, Sidney started a sanitation company and cleaned it up.  While we’re all complaining about crime, Sidney has created... Read More »

Doggy Business

Doggy Business
August 10, 2017

In the past 12 months, Americans have spent over 60 billion dollars on their pets. Almost half of that, 30 billion dollars, was spent on food. If you’re a dog owner, or if you’ve been in a pet store lately, you know that we don’t feed dogs a 45 pound bag of $3 dog chow any more.The dog food section of the pet store these days looks more like Whole Foods. Words... Read More »

Outskirts

Outskirts
August 3, 2017

When we talk about “the New Orleans business community” we generally have a mental picture of the CBD. We might include spokes that poke out from that center a few miles – the Marigny, Mid-City, and Uptown. If we’re particularly expansive we might even talk about “the metro area” as a way to include Metairie and the North Shore. On this edition of Out to Lunch we’re pushing the business boundary... Read More »

Cocktail & Sons

Cocktail & Sons
July 27, 2017

Typically, nationwide businesses start out in a big city - where there’s a big market.  As the brand grows and demand grows with it, the business gradually spreads across the country to ever smaller markets - until eventually everybody’s within a few miles of, say, a Walgreens. There are notable exceptions to this pattern. For example the largest retailer on Earth, WalMart, started out as a single store in Rogers, Arkansas. In... Read More »

Wonderful World Beautiful People

Wonderful World Beautiful People
July 20, 2017

We have a nationwide opioid epidemic. We consume a huge amount of alcohol. There’s a trend toward legalizing marijuana. And over 10% of us are prescribed mood altering medication. These are all attempts at coping with life. Another approach to making life more bearable is to spend more time focusing on the good parts. That’s what my guests today on Out to Lunch do. Tippy Tippens is the CEO of a company... Read More »

Mr. & Ms. NOLA Business

Mr. & Ms. NOLA Business
July 13, 2017

Despite having a Constitution and any number of Federal statutes that guarantee us all equality, there still seem to be plenty of creative ways for employers to discriminate against women. On Out to Lunch we don’t normally talk about big issues. We talk about small business. On this edition of the show we can do both: Lelia Gowland’s small business, Gowland Llc, deals with the big issues of women in the workplace. Lelia... Read More »

Celebrity Cereal

Celebrity Cereal
July 6, 2017

There are certain things we all do. We all buy food. And when we do, we take for granted that supermarket shelves are going to be stocked. We all watch TV and movies – though these days mostly on a small screen. And when we do – other than certain types of film – we take for granted that actors are going to be clothed. But food doesn’t magically appear on supermarket shelves. And clothes don’t... Read More »

On Time and On The Money

On Time and On The Money
June 29, 2017

If you use a calendar on your phone you’re familiar with that terrible moment when you’re staring at it in disbelief because you’ve totally missed a meeting, a lunch, or even a flight. You could swear you put it in your calendar - but it’s not there. That, and the endless snafus that occur when you share calendars, will allegedly never happen again if you use a new app called FollowMyCal. The... Read More »

Sticks and Stones

Sticks and Stones
June 22, 2017

In some businesses, like the tech industry, there are regular revolutionary developments that change everything. In other businesses, change is more subtle. Take, for example, the frozen confection industry. Or the jewelry and fashion business. A new taste in ice cream on a stick, or a new design of a ring or handbag might not be as big of a deal as the advent of Uber, but if you’re the person eating... Read More »

The Power and The Prairie

The Power and The Prairie
June 15, 2017

What do you think of when you hear the word “prairie?” Wide open spaces? Grasses blowing in the dry, warm wind? Off on the horizon, cattle being driven over the ridge by cowboys? Doesn’t sound much like Louisiana does it? It would, if most of our grassland was still intact. The fact is, Louisiana prairies are just as vital and just as threatened as their better known cousins, the wetlands. Marc Pastorek... Read More »

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