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

Good News and Bad News

Good News and Bad News
December 24, 2015

We've all seen this guy or woman on TV, and we’ve all said, "Thank God that’s not me." The person sweating behind a bank of microphones, trying to explain away something bad. What if one day, maybe through no fault of your own, that person is you? Having to explain why things aren’t quite how they look. How do you know what to do? What to say? You could call on... Read More »

Wish Dog and Sauce

Wish Dog and Sauce
December 17, 2015

Wherever you go in the world you find human beings have two things in common. We all like to eat. And we all like to incorporate into our living spaces non functional objects we call art. In many countries we’ve institutionalized these traits. We dine in restaurants and we hang art in galleries.  In New Orleans, as usual, we’ve gone our own way. We’ve turned dining into an art form. And our... Read More »

School Grounds Coffee Grounds

School Grounds Coffee Grounds
December 10, 2015

There are so many great musicians in New Orleans, there’s got to be a reason. Maybe it’s something in the water. Or maybe it’s something in a building on the corner of Chartres St and Saint Ferdinand. That’s NOCCA - New Orleans Center For The Creative Arts. If you go to NOCCA your education is free. Thanks in part to the funding arm of the school, The NOCCA Institute. Sally Perry, Executive Director of... Read More »

Bike Biz

Bike Biz
December 3, 2015

Property values are going up in New Orleans. Parts of the city that buyers have been avoiding for years are now desirable addresses. But by the time you spend your life savings on a house you don’t have a lot left over to do much else. Like pay movers to move your stuff in. You could do it yourself. Or you could hire Tim Colglazier to move all your stuff - on... Read More »

How to do Good Work and Influence People

How to do Good Work and Influence People
November 26, 2015

When it comes to business, we all agree on one thing: we all want to succeed. Typically we measure success numerically – the more profit we make the better we’re doing.  Sure, we’d all like to make billions, but the reality is most of us are not going to turn our businesses into Facebook or Apple. For many people in business, just keeping the doors open and the lights on... Read More »

Giving

Giving
November 19, 2015

In 2005, many of us in New Orleans found ourselves in a position we could never have imagined. Homeless. Our place of work closed down. Our insurance companies refusing to compensate us. And our government largely useless. Until then it was just a cliché. But the kindness of strangers saved our lives. And our city. It is no exaggeration to say that in those dire days New Orleans was resurrected by... Read More »

Coffee 'n Cola

Coffee 'n Cola
November 12, 2015

There’s an old saying about how to be successful in business - “Build a better mousetrap.” Meaning find a product everybody wants and do it better. Peter's guests on Out to Lunch today have come up with new variations of products that enjoy massive worldwide popularity. Soft drinks and coffee. Geoffrey Meeker has a little yellow truck you might have seen around town delivering his French Truck Coffee. And Roy Nelson has a... Read More »

Who's That Guy?

Who's That Guy?
November 5, 2015

For the past few years with all the Hollywood folks in town it’s not unusual for someone at Whole Foods in New Orleans to whisper, “Do you know who that is?” It’s usually a celebrity who looks quite different in the cereal aisle from how she looks like on screen. Today on Out to Lunch Peter's playing a business version of "Do you know who that is?" Do you know who Jay Hakes... Read More »

Oil and Gusts

Oil and Gusts
October 22, 2015

Everybody likes to think they’re important, but here in Louisiana we really are. Two sectors of our local economy are major components of the national, and global, economy: oil and gas, and renewable energy. Outside of the oil companies who physically drill for oil, there is a huge industry of companies who do everything else – from building oil rigs to delivering groceries to the men and women who work on... Read More »

Precious

Precious
October 8, 2015

The financial markets go up and down. The value of real estate goes up and down. The dollar strengthens and weakens. Financial advisors have a wide range of theories of risk versus diversification that they say can either make you a fortune, or hedge your bets. Through all this noise, there are investor voices who continue to say just two words. “Buy gold.” Is that good advice? Or is that just as... Read More »

Down The Mississippi To The Gulf of Mexico

Down The Mississippi To The Gulf of Mexico
September 24, 2015

In 1814 it was the British who were "runnin' down the mississippi to the Gulf of Mexico." Today, ships of almost every nationality are steaming down the river to the Gulf. 54 of them belong to International Shipholding. Their fleet of cargo vessels ply international trade from their current headquarters in Mobile, Alabama but they're set to return soon to their original home in New Orleans. International Shipholding is a publicly traded... Read More »

Suit Up

Suit Up
September 3, 2015

Most businesses grow successful over time as their owners find more efficient ways to make and market specific products. It would seem counter intuitive to open a business based on products that change constantly. And products you can't even imagine, that have to be re-invented up to three and four times a year, based on the season. That's exactly what the fashion business is. Peter's guests on tis edition of Out to... Read More »

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