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

Look Like a Million Bucks

Look Like a Million Bucks
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Would you like an article about yourself in the New York Times?  Betsie Gambel can make that happen. Would you like to own Mardi Gras?  Josh Mayer will take care of that for you.  Peter, Josh, and Betsie delve into PR, branding, marketing, advertising, NOLA Mad Men & Women, and lend their substantial skills to startup business Clear the Clutter. Read More »

Paper or Plastic

Paper or Plastic
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New Orleans is a city torn between upholding traditions and embracing change.  In this Tale of Two Jonathans, Jonathan Bertuccelli's Studio 3 creates centuries old papier mache art in the form of elegant Mardi Gras floats while Jonathan Schudmak's NOLA 3D Printing creates our plastic future. In the Pay It Forward segment of the show Peter, Paper Jonathan, and Plastic Jonathan weigh in on how best to expand the already successful promotional... Read More »

Brides 'n Blooms

Brides 'n Blooms
February 13, 2014

Did you know New Orleans is America's second favorite spot for destination weddings? There's a whole industry built on folks coming here to get hitched. At the heart of it are two New Orleans icons: House of Broel and Harkins the Florist. John Harkins and Bonnie Broel join Peter Ricchiuti for a lunch time chat that swings from brides on their wedding day to wives doing things with floral preservative other than... Read More »

NOLA Baby

NOLA Baby
February 6, 2014

Latona Giwa from Birthmark Doula Collective breaks down the A B C-sections of the NOLA baby biz. Angelle Missios, NOLA Birth Photographer, is there to capture baby's first breath and first Facebook post. In the Pay It Forward segment of the show Peter, Angelle, and Latona take a look at The Elmer Group's Nerium. For dessert, co-founder of Birthmark Doulas, Dana Keren, joins the postpartum party. Read More »

Fleurty Rock'n

Fleurty Rock'n
January 30, 2014

In 4 years Lauren Thom has taken Fleurty Girl from a bedroom in the front of her house on Oak Street to 5 stores citywide. At a time when the term "T-shirt shop"was synonymous with "bottom-feeding scum," representative of everything that was wrong with New Orleans' tourist-centered economy, Lauren turned T-shirt economics on its head, pitching her product at locals, with dopey tourist slogans like "I got Bourbon faced on Shit... Read More »

La Luzianne Delivered

La Luzianne Delivered
January 23, 2014

David Darragh is President and CEO of Reily Foods. Even if Reily Foods is not a household name you probably have some of their products in your household. La Luzianne Tea, French Market Coffee, CDM Coffee, Blue Plate Mayonnaise and many more. Erik Frank is a former USA weightlifting champion who bench-pressed a then record setting 462 pounds so he knows a bit about getting in shape. His recently launched company,... Read More »

Home Grown Drones

Home Grown Drones
January 16, 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... Read More »

The Kids Today

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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... Read More »

Down to the Dirt

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Location Location Location

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Tinsel Town

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The film business continues to grow so quickly that the term "Hollywood South" is becoming less of a quaint marketing moniker and more literally true with every movie that shoots here. Giant productions like Jurassic Park II and The Arnold Schwarzenegger franchise Terminator numbers 4, 5, and 6 are on the way. Part of the reason for Hollywood South's growth is financial - State tax credits - and the other part... Read More »

Social Media Angel

Social Media Angel
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Chris Schultz gets to hear a lot of great ideas. Just walking through Launchpad, the unofficial headquarters of New Orleans' I.T. start up world that Chris co-founded, can be enough to make your head spin. To say nothing of Chris's day job as an angel investor through his company Voodoo Ventures. Chris talks about his latest venture, an app that measures happiness. Yes, happiness. Everyone is talking about McKenzie Coco's company... Read More »

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