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

Expedia Express

Expedia Express
April 2, 2015

Back in the twentieth century when you wanted to fly somewhere you had two choices – you could call the airline and buy a ticket, or you could call a travel agent, who for some magical reason could get you the same ticket for less money. Then along came the online travel site revolution. Now, instead of making a two minute phone call we can spend hours, even days, comparing prices... Read More »

Sight and Sound

Sight and Sound
March 26, 2015

A normally functioning human body is something most of us take for granted, until we have personal experience that challenges us. It might be the birth of a child, an accident, or just staying alive long enough to have bits of ourselves wear out. Two of our senses that are susceptible to impairment are hearing and sight. Lighthouse Louisiana is the largest employer of blind people in the state. The company makes... Read More »

Big Deals

Big Deals
March 19, 2015

Most people who start a new business build on what has come before them. Every now and again there are revolutionary game changers, like  Apple's iPhone, but coming up with a totally new  product is not the rule, it's the exception. And that's what makes Al Andrews exceptional.  When Al founded TASC in 2009, with three other members of his family, he didn’t just change the design of sports apparel, he... Read More »

Dine Out Work Out

Dine Out Work Out
March 12, 2015

When you launch a new business, you have no way of knowing whether you’re going to make a billion dollars, or make a bunch of decisions that add up to little more than a valuable lesson. When a small group of New Orleans guys started hosting pop-up foodie dinners in deserted buildings, few could have predicted Dinner Lab would turn out to be a multi-million dollar nationwide business. Dinner Lab Co-founder Paco... Read More »

Green Orleans

Green Orleans
March 5, 2015

“Green” used to be just a color. Now it’s a way of life. Everything from household trash to billion dollar industrial plants can be “green” - meaning we undertake an activity mindful of the impact we’re having on our environment. We use the word “green” because it’s the most ubiquitous color in nature. In cities we’ve coined a term for urban nature – Green Space. In New Orleans we have one of... Read More »

bra strap 'n shades

bra strap 'n shades
February 26, 2015

Just when you think there's nothing new under the sun, along comes Lisa McKenzie and Oohla Bra, her NOLA company that turns underwear into outerwear. Oohla Bra has over 65 designer bra straps - strings of pearls, beads, and sparkling delights that switch places with the regular strap on your convertible or strapless bra, transforming your everyday bra strap into a work of art.  Lisa's sparkling straps are in more than 300... Read More »

Highbrow Highway

Highbrow Highway
February 19, 2015

If you spend any time driving, you probably know the name “Lamar.” You've no doubt seen it on a billboard. But Lamar is not a product – it’s the name of the company that owns the billboard. In fact Lamar owns more interstate billboards and outdoor advertising than just about anybody in America. And they're based in Baton Rouge. The CEO of Lamar Advertising, Sean Reilly, is Peter's guest on Out to... Read More »

Mover Shaker Maker

Mover Shaker Maker
February 12, 2015

In business, as in everything else, each generation finds a way to separate itself from the past. One of the interesting current generational shifts is the use of new technology to adapt and carry forward skills developed by previous generations. This group of folks call themselves “Makers.” Eric Bernstein is a local proponent of the Maker movement and founder of a company called Werkly. And on this show Peter welcomes back one of... Read More »

The Revolution Continues

The Revolution Continues
January 22, 2015

One of the questions people in the business community have been asking is, What happens when the post-Katrina economic rejuvenation gets old? Are the next generation of innovators going to go someplace else? Peter's guests on today’s show answer that question with a resounding “no.” They both head up new and growing businesses that have been born out of New Orleans’ revolution in education. Libby Fischer is CEO of Whetstone Education, a... Read More »

Cut Through The Clutter

Cut Through The Clutter
January 1, 2015

If you’ve ever been in business, or been employed by a company of more than 3 people, you’ll know that one of the hallmarks of every organization is well, organization. The best laid plans of small companies and big corporations  can easily get lost in the mess of daily duties and decisions. Being able to identify and execute your intentions clearly is a vital part of any  successful business. Virginia Barkley has... Read More »

Your Secret Life

Your Secret Life
December 25, 2014

When we get up and go to work each day, most of us assume that everyone else going to work is a decent person like ourselves. Even if we have competitors, our basic assumption is that they’re okay people – after all, they’re doing the same thing we are. That’s not what going to work is like for Peter's guests on today’s show. For both of them, their daily occupation is... Read More »

The Art of Buildings

The Art of Buildings
December 11, 2014

New Orleans is a beautiful city. But very little of that beauty is natural. Even our magnificent parks and tree lined avenues are planned and planted. Mostly, when we talk about the beauty of New Orleans, we’re talking about buildings. Almost every commercial building has some sort of art-work on it. We don’t typically refer to it as “art” - we more often call it a “sign” – and many commercial... Read More »

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