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

Off The Shelf

Off The Shelf
October 2, 2014

If you grew up in New Orleans there’s two things you learned early on – where to make groceries, and how to make red beans. If you moved here as an adult it doesn’t take long to find a favorite grocery store - but making beans is a little more difficult. Maybe you secretly buy canned beans. If you do, you’re not alone. Locals do it too. They’ve been doing it... Read More »

The Disrupters

The Disrupters
September 25, 2014

Over the last few years the word “disrupt” has found its way into the American business vocabulary. Disruption occurs when a new company with a new way of doing things changes business as usual. Amazon, for example, has disrupted retail. “Disrupt” does not necessarily mean “destroy”.  Amazon has hurt some brick and mortar stores, but it’s also given countless small suppliers access to large markets, and put most of America... Read More »

I P Eaux

I P Eaux
September 18, 2014

In the New Orleans entrepreneurial community there’s a conversation that comes up fairly regularly. It’s speculation about who’s going to be the first company in the new wave of startups to break out. To hit the big time. To be our version of Google, Facebook, or Twitter. One of the company names that surfaces near the top of everybody’s list is Federated Sample. Another is 365 Connect. There’s a fair chance you’re... Read More »

Saints! Pelicans! Tourists!

Saints! Pelicans! Tourists!
August 28, 2014

New Orleans is one of the country’s most popular tourist destinations. There is no specific reason – there’s no amusement park or beach – but like other great cities – Paris, Manhattan - people come here to spend time just living like we do. Ironically, we herd them into the French Quarter and down Bourbon Street which locals mostly avoid, put them on buggy rides, ghost tours and swamp tours that... Read More »

Angels 'n Exports

Angels 'n Exports
August 21, 2014

A few years ago, for most of us “start up” was a verb – it was something you did to a car. These days it’s a noun. A startup is a new business, typically based on a new and untested idea. One of the toughest things about a startup, the noun, is the verb – starting it up. The main obstacles are figuring out the best way to go about it,... Read More »

Family Friendly

Family Friendly
August 14, 2014

Human beings love doing things in groups. It starts off with fun birthday parties when we’re kids, and goes all the way to desperate attempts to have fun at conferences – which is why so many of them come to New Orleans. While folks are here at a conference, Teddy Nathan’s company, Cresecent City Connections, rounds them up and puts them to work volunteering for local non profits. Frank Scurlock is at... Read More »

Whole Food Whole New City

Whole Food Whole New City
July 31, 2014

Self styled "Emperor of the Universe" entertainer Ernie K-Doe used to say that besides New Orleans being the birthplace of jazz, he was pretty sure everything came from New Orleans. When you tell people that grocery giant Whole Foods started here in New Orleans - on Esplanade Avenue - you generally get the same response you'd expect k-Doe would have gotten with his wild claim. To support the Whole Foods... Read More »

Drones Over NOLA

Drones Over NOLA
July 24, 2014

The vacuum created when NASA left the Michoud facility in New Orleans East has been filled by a range of new, innovative aero-space and robotic manufacturers. Among them, Crescent Unmanned Systems and NVision Solutions. Charles Easterling, co-founder and CEO of Crescent Unmanned Sytems, came to lunch with his Google Glass. While you're doing whatever it is you do on a regular day, right off of the I-10 in New Orleans East Charles and Crescent... Read More »

It's in Our DNA (no, really)

It's in Our DNA (no, really)
July 17, 2014

Do you diet and exercise but don't lose weight? Those days are over. And how about this for an idea - going to the doctor and getting medication that works just right the first time. New Orleans DNA research companies Renaissance RX and GenoVive are changing our concept of dieting and of medication. GenoVive founder Victor Castellon joins Peter Ricchiuti on Out to Lunch to explain how specific DNA-based diet and exercise... Read More »

Meet The New Boss

Meet The New Boss
July 10, 2014

Cam Marston tells a great story that illustrates how our attitudes to parenting have changed: today babies are brought home from the hospital strapped down in a rear-facing car seat in the back seat of a car. In the previous generation babies were carried in mom's lap in the front seat while mom wore no seat belt and smoked a cigarette. Cam is an authority on the relationships between generations and how... Read More »

New Orleans In Orbit

New Orleans In Orbit
July 3, 2014

Sure, we all know New Orleans business is doing better than it ever has, but in your wildest imaginings of exactly what that means it's unlikely you've had any idea that "they sky's the limit" has in the last few years gone from being a visionary fantasy to an aerospace reality. While many of us are still evoking the credentials of being the birthplace of jazz and the cocktail, two... Read More »

There's No Business...

There's No Business...
June 26, 2014

New Orleans is celebrated across the country and around the world as a center of extraordinary live entertainment. Not just in the French Quarter but all over the city there’s a vast amount of live music, theater, and comedy every night of the year. However, on the inside of what appears to be a thriving local entertainment industry you frequently hear the same criticism: we have a lot of entertainment, but not much... Read More »

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