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

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

The Kids Today
January 9, 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... Read More »

Down to the Dirt

Down to the Dirt
January 2, 2014

The post Hurricane Katrina world of demolishing New Orleans buildings and hauling truckloads of rubble off to a landfill isn't a male-dominated industry, it's a male only industry. At least it was until Simone Bruni came along. A party planner with no parties to plan in 2006 Simone started out with nothing more than a notion, a few pink yard signs, and a business name that would capitalize on her most... Read More »

Location Location Location

Location Location Location
December 26, 2013

Pres Kabacoff and his company HRI Properties have had an enormous impact on the city of New Orleans - as diverse as building Beau Chene on the Northshore, pioneering inner city living by bringing back the Warehouse District, converting the Blue Plate Maynonaise factory to artist lofts and creating The Healing Center in Bywater. Pres also has a vision for the big-picture development of the city. Exclusively here on Out to... Read More »

Tinsel Town

Tinsel Town
December 19, 2013

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
December 12, 2013

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 »

Getting From A to B: Absinth to Beer

Getting From A to B: Absinth to Beer
December 4, 2013

What kind of business person looks at the New Orleans landscape and decides we need more booze? Kirk Coco from NOLA Brewing and Jed Haas from Atelier Vie, that's who. Plus, what next for Idea Village prize winning biz, Your Nutrition Delivered? Read More »

You Smell Lucky

You Smell Lucky
November 28, 2013

Jerry Strahan has been wrangling Lucky Dog vendors for nearly 40 years and has the stories to prove it. Amy Wendel carries on the family tradition of Hove, the French Quarter's French Creole perfumery. Amy and Jerry pay it forward with online marketersEmber Networks . Read More »

Meat 'n Eggs

Meat 'n Eggs
November 20, 2013

Seth Hamstead from full service butcher Cleaver & Co and Tess Monaghan from online farmer's market Good Eggs lead the local revolution back to the future of good, old fashioned, locally grown, seasonal and sustainable food. And they deliver. Read More »

Ultraviolet Hydrocarbons

Ultraviolet Hydrocarbons
November 14, 2013

At either end of the energy spectrum, Robert Suggs from South Coast Solar and Todd Hornbeck from Hornbeck Offshore Services are in very different worlds. But they do have a few ideas in common about NOLA Bikinis Read More »

Gas Lamps au Lait

Gas Lamps au Lait
November 6, 2013

Drew Bevolo's family founded and has owned Bevolo Gas & Electric Lights since 1945. Burt Benrud's family business, Cafe du Monde, started up in the 1860's. These two standard bearers of New Orleans' enduring icons talk about the present, the future, and entrepreneur NOLA Pie Guy. Read More »

All About You, Baby

All About You, Baby
October 31, 2013

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. Angelle and Latona pay it forward with The Elmer Group's Nerium. Read More »

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