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

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 »

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 »

Made In New Orleans

Made In New Orleans
November 16, 2017

Many of our greatest artists liked cocktails. Degas, Van Gogh, Manet, and many others spoke glowingly of the effect of alcohol on their work, and painted bottles, glasses, and folks drinking. Here in New Orleans, and in 36 states across the U.S, you can find out if a couple of cocktails can turn you into a master painter at Painting With a Twist, where partying and painting go hand in hand. The... Read More »

Sanderford & Son

Sanderford & Son
November 2, 2017

Remember that time you had a good idea that was going to make you a millionaire? It was probably an idea for an app, right? In the back of your mind you’re still thinking about doing it - if you could just find the time to figure it out. And find someone who builds apps. And find someone to kick in some money. Brice Sanderford knows the process. He built the app MySquad.... Read More »

Bio Scan

Bio Scan
October 26, 2017

Before you get on a plane, you go through a number of layers of security. The airline and the TSA both check to make sure you are who your ID claims you are. One of the methods the TSA uses is a version of a security check system that’s also used by IBM, Tesla, and some of the world’s largest retailers when you check out with a debit or credit card. The... Read More »

Roof Local

Roof Local
October 12, 2017

If you’re like most Americans, you like to shop. Either in a store or on your phone. Every single retailer in America right now – from Walmart to your local shoe shop – is trying to figure out how to get you off your phone and into their store. Somebody somewhere is going to have to figure that out to save retail stores from going the way of the dinosaur. That somebody might... Read More »

Showbiz School

Showbiz School
September 21, 2017

Maybe you’ve thought about all the things you could do, if you didn’t have to work. Sometimes we tell ourselves we’re going to do those things later – when we retire. For example, you could spend more time playing guitar. Or you could try your hand at standup comedy. Peter's guests on this edition of Out to Lunch decided not to postpone doing what they liked best. John Rankin has devoted his life... Read More »

Cyber Sure

Cyber Sure
September 14, 2017

There are very few things that you pay for every month, and hope that you get nothing back for your money. Except insurance. Nobody enjoys paying their insurance premium. But you know your insurance agent is right. You need it. Which is where the old classic Frank Crumit song comes from, “There is no one with endurance like the man who sells insurance.” (If you don’t know that song it’s worth clicking on the... Read More »

Kid Biz

Kid Biz
September 7, 2017

According to government statistics, about 30 million Americans are under 5 years old. That’s a big market. But even in today’s generation of accelerated development, it takes a while before kids want to buy stuff. But little kids sure like to do stuff. Peter's guests on Out to Lunch have businesses whose clients are little kids who like to do stuff. Stuff like big kids do. Or even adults. Bella Brown Bedortha’s business... Read More »

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 »

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