It’s New Orleans: Out to Lunch

Propeller 2019 – Out to Lunch – It’s New Orleans

If you’re starting out in business, or you’re at an early stage of development, an incubator will help you with your business plan, your strategy for growth, and other guidance. They may even introduce you to investors. But, like being admitted to a good college, getting accepted into an incubator can be competitive. And, despite the…

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Chefs and CBD – Out to Lunch – It’s New Orleans

Have you ever fantasized about how you’re going to walk into work one day and tell them you’re quitting? You’re moving to Colorado and you’re going to grow pot. Shane Mutter was President of Doerr Furniture when he did something close to that. It wasn’t quite as dramatic, and it’s not exactly pot he’s growing,…

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Trust Your Crazy Ideas – Out to Lunch – It’s New Orleans

The Idea Village started at the turn of the 21st Century as a rebellious reaction to the business-as-usual cabal who, through an interlocking web of clubs, krewes, families, and cronyism, controlled most of the purse-strings in a then-shrinking New Orleans.  Six years later, in the wake of the devastating aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, The Idea…

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Old Money – Out to Lunch – It’s New Orleans

When you start up a business, you’re looking to hit milestones to reassure yourself things are going in the right direction. One of those milestones is simply being able to keep the doors open for the first year. And if you’re still going two years after starting up, you can be pretty confident that your business…

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Education 2019 – Out to Lunch – It’s New Orleans

Whether we’re talking about economics, health, home ownership, personal income, or a host of other issues, we’re often quick to suggest we can relate every outcome to one word: education. But, like everything else, education is not as simple as it sounds. If you’re a teacher or an administrator in the education system you’re forever looking…

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Budget Pnuts – Out to Lunch – It’s New Orleans

If you’re like most people, when you do your taxes once a year you’re genuinely surprised at the numbers staring up at you. You can’t believe how much you spent on various items. Maybe it’s car repair. School supplies. Travel. Eating out. Shoes. Or even groceries. You’re so surprised at how much you spent, compared to how…

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Marjie’s Vid – Out to Lunch – It’s New Orleans

One criticism that used to be levelled at New Orleans was that we have a thousand restaurants but only ten recipes. Every restaurant served a variation of gumbo, jambalaya and fried seafood.  Those days are gone. Take, for example, Marjie’s Grill on Broad Street. Not only is Marjie’s a popular New Orleans restaurant, it was named one…

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Peanuts Pot ‘n Syrup – Out to Lunch – It’s New Orleans

It’s probably no exaggeration to say that the boom in entrepreneurial business in New Orleans wouldn’t have happened without the business incubator, Idea Village.   Robbie Vitrano was one of the founders of Idea Village. He was also one of the founders of the ad agency Trumpet and the revolutionary Naked Pizza. Today, Robbie talk to…

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P J Waitr – Out to Lunch – It’s New Orleans

For most of recorded history, we humans have had a home from which we have gone forth to find food. Now, things have changed. Today, thanks to food delivery apps like Waitr, we can stay home and have food brought to us. In the course of human activity, it’s a fundamental shift. Maybe that’s why Waitr has…

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What Do You Know – Out to Lunch – It’s New Orleans

There’s a fine line between business and gambling. In both, you’re taking an amount of money and by doing something with it hoping to make it into a larger amount of money. Real gamblers will tell you it’s not all chance, there’s an element of skill in whatever it is they’re doing. Real business people will…

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