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
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 creator of FollowMyCal, Richard Carthon, joins Peter Ricchiuti on this edition of Out to Lunch.
These days, when you hear about a great idea like FollwMyCal, you are no longer surprised that super smart people live in New Orleans. But one of the knocks against the local entrepreneurial ecosystem has been that there is no investment money here to fund all these great ideas. To rectify that, and to prevent our brain gain turning into a brain drain, local investment funds have been starting up.
The New Orleans Startup Fund was established by a number of well-known business and financial leaders. The fund leverages local and state tax credits to put real money into the hands of local entrepreneurs. The Startup Fund also provides hands-on help and guidance to entrepreneurs who have great ideas but not a great deal of business experience.
The President and CEO of the New Orleans startup fund is Jimmy Roussel. The list of companies the New Orleans Startup Fund has helped start up is a who’s who of exciting and growing New Orleans’ success stories. Including FollowMyCal.