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

Perrin Shkreli

Perrin Shkreli
April 5, 2018

When we talk about the creative community in New Orleans we’re usually referring to musicians. But there are other creative communities in New Orelans, including models, actors, and a range of professions on the other side of the cameras. People in these local communities have typically had to find work for themselves. That is until Elizabeth Perrin started up a creative agency called FiftyTwo45. Elizabeth Perrin joins Peter Ricchiuti for this edition... Read More »

NOLA 300

NOLA 300
March 29, 2018

Joseph Makkos answered an ad on Craig’s List and ended up buying 30,000 perfectly preserved copies of The Times Picayune, dating back to 1885. Through his company NOLA DNA, Joseph is setting about packaging and selling the contents of that collection. Vincent Sciama is also a student of the history of New Orleans, especially our relationship with France. Vincent is France’s representative here. Officially he’s called the Consul General de France en... Read More »

Community and Crime

Community and Crime
March 22, 2018

We’ve all seen those lists that appear from time to time that say New Orleans is the most crime-ridden city in the country that nobody in their right mind would want to live in. On the other hand, those of us who live here not only enjoy an enviable quality of life, we’re also one of the places that people from other cities above us on the list most want to... Read More »

Life Changing Biz

Life Changing Biz
March 15, 2018

It used to be that, for the most part, politicians led the way for social change. Business people worked within the boundaries of society to make money. Today, things are different. Some of our most innovative agents of change are entrepreneurs. Jeff Bezos. Steve Jobs. Elon Musk. Here in New Orleans we have entrepreneurs who are not household names. Yet. Nick Pashos has a company called Bio Aesthetics that is pioneering a totally new... Read More »

NOJO Robinette

NOJO Robinette
March 8, 2018

If there’s one thing everybody around the world knows about New Orleans, it’s that we were the victims of Hurricane Katrina. The other thing they probably know is, we’re the birthplace of jazz. The New Orleans Jazz Orchestra was, for a time, one of the most successful and well-funded jazz institutions in the city.  Today, a new CEO, Sarah Bell, is guiding the orchestra out of the financial crisis it found itself in... Read More »

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 »

Web Application Development by NolaFlash.com