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

Words and Music

Words and Music
October 27, 2016

You might have noticed in some grocery stores or coffee shops that when you go to check out there are a handful of CDs for sale. That impulse purchase spot is one of the few places you can buy CDs these days, now that most of us buy or steal music online. That might just seem like inevitable technological evolution to you. But what happens when the world changes and you... Read More »

Drinkstagram

Drinkstagram
October 20, 2016

There are 500 million people on Instagram. It’s the world’s biggest social media site behind Facebook. Instagram reportedly grew by 100 million users over the past 12 months. Business people wrestle with a simple question: How do you turn this captive audience into customers? On this edition of Out to Lunch we meet the person who has the answer. His name is Dalton Dean. Dalton's app, Mainspree, lets you turn your Instagram account... Read More »

Wood

Wood
October 13, 2016

In the new New Orleans economy we’re used to hearing success stories about exciting new tech businesses that make apps for your phone and other products that couldn’t have even existed a few years ago. Alongside all this tech wizardry there are folks who are making things the old fashioned way – with hammers, nails, and glue. Jon Dijkhuizen has a company called NOLA Woodworks that makes hand crafted wooden outdoor furniture -... Read More »

The Secret Life of Buildings

The Secret Life of Buildings
October 6, 2016

Somewhere along the line, somebody decided that seeing we live in an environment of extreme humidity and termites, it would be a great idea if we all lived in wooden houses.  As a consequence, we’re pretty much all familiar with the headaches of renovation and construction. But not as familiar as Scott Wolfe. Scott’s company, Zlien, specializes in taking on the painful parts of construction so other people in the construction industry... Read More »

Steamy Eyes

Steamy Eyes
September 29, 2016

When you live in a place for a while you get used to things. So much so that you hardly notice them anymore, no matter how outlandish they might be. For example, you can wander around New Orleans' French Quarter with the sound of the calliope blasting over the whole city and not think anything of it. If you do ever stop to think about that calliope music, one of the things... Read More »

Made In New Orleans

Made In New Orleans
September 22, 2016

Many of our greatest artists liked cocktails. Degas, Van Gogh, Manet, and many others spoke glowingly of the effect of alcohol on their work, and painted bottles, glasses, and folks drinking. Here in New Orleans, and in 36 states across the U.S, you can find out if a couple of cocktails can turn you into a master painter at Painting With a Twist, where partying and painting go hand in hand. The... Read More »

Kid Biz

Kid Biz
September 8, 2016

According to government statistics, about 30 million Americans are under 5 years old. That’s a big market. But even in today’s generation of accelerated development, it takes a while before kids want to buy stuff. But little kids sure like to do stuff. Peter's guests on Out to Lunch have businesses whose clients are little kids who like to do stuff. Stuff like big kids do. Or even adults. Bella Brown Bedortha’s business... Read More »

Drive and Re-Drive

Drive and Re-Drive
September 1, 2016

When was the last time you bought a car? After you bought it, if it was new, did you think you could have gotten a better deal? If it was used, did you notice something a few days later that you’d wished you’d seen before you bought it?  Those days of car buyer remorse are over, thanks to a New Orleans startup business called ReDrive. Co-founder of ReDrive, Max Burwick, joins Peter Ricchiuti on... Read More »

The Economy of Crime

The Economy of Crime
August 25, 2016

The difference between successful people and the rest of us is that when successful people have an idea they don’t just say “Wouldn’t it be great if somebody did X, Y or Z,” they do it. Like Sidney Torres IV.. While most of us complained for years about the putrid smell in the French Quarter, Sidney started a sanitation company and cleaned it up.  While we’re all complaining about crime, Sidney has created... Read More »

The 13 Block Empire on the River

The 13 Block Empire on the River
August 18, 2016

A lot of tourists who come to New Orleans go home and describe the city as an oasis of European-looking streets lined with music clubs where people wander around drinking cocktails and eating beignets 24 hours a day. This fabulous wonderland is the same 13 riverside blocks that locals describe as dirty, smelly, crime-ridden, home to gutter punks, T-shirt shops, and over-priced restaurants they wouldn’t go to even if they could... Read More »

The Swimming Game

The Swimming Game
August 11, 2016

According to the reputable Henry J Kaiser Family Foundation, right around twenty percent of the population of the United States is under 15. That’s a sizeable market. You don’t have to look very far to see the marketers of stuff that kids like trying to sell it to them. Mostly food and toys. Which demonstrates that we don’t change all that much as we grow older. But there are other businesses aimed at kids... Read More »

Fried Chicken 'n Cold Beer

Fried Chicken 'n Cold Beer
August 4, 2016

If you had to name the biggest fried chicken business in Louisiana, you probably wouldn’t have to think about it too long. You might take a bit longer to name the next biggest. And even then you might not come up with Krispy Krunchy. Krispy Krunchy has over 1,800 reatail locations in 36 states. It’s everywhere from the Virgin Islands to the Wichita Zoo. And it keeps getting bigger. Krispy Krunchy’s executive Vice... Read More »

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