It’s New Orleans: Out to Lunch

Hosted ByPeter Ricchiuti

Tulane University A.B. Freeman School of Business finance professor Peter Ricchiuti holds court over lunch at Columns in Uptown New Orleans. Peter's lunch guests are New Orleans business people, from startups to CEO's, from artists to tech entrepreneurs, musicians to movers-and-shakers. New Orleans is on everybody's list as a great place to party but it's also on many lists of the best place to start a business. Peter's deeply knowledgable and equally levity-laden approach to business conversation neatly makese sense of the Crescent City's contradictions.

That’s a Great Idea – Out to Lunch – It’s New Orleans

Remember that time you had a great idea? You were probably doing something you’ve done a thousand times before and you thought, “There’s got to be an easier way. Why doesn’t somebody invent…” fill in the blank.

People who work in universities have these kinds of ideas too. When you think about it, the reason people work at universities is they’re smart. They’re the kinds of people who deal in ideas. But by and large they’re not the kinds of people who know how to turn an idea into a product. That’s why universities now have departments that do just that. They’re called departments of Technology Transfer.

John Christie

At Tulane the Executive Director of Technology Transfer and Intellectual Property Development is John Christie.

Patrick Reed

At the LSU Health Sciences Center the Director of Technology Management is Patrick Reed.

Peter Ricchiuti

Peter Ricchiuti has a good idea of his own: have lunch with John Christie and Patrick Reed.

John Christie, Patrick Reed, Peter Ricchiuti

Photos over lunch in The Wine Room at Commander’s Palace by Jill Lafleur.

Realtor Tracey Moore