Business

Out To Lunch
1:00 pm
Thu April 16, 2015

Out To Lunch: L.E.D.G.E.

Peter Ricchiuti, Secretary Stephen Moret and Mike deBoe.
Credit Grant Morris / It's New Orleans

There are a lot of people these days claiming how well New Orleans is doing and that in business terms we're now competitive with almost any city in the country. If you'd like proof that this is fact, and not just feel-good boosterism, this edition of Out to Lunch might convince you. GE is the 6th largest company in the Fortune 500. They've been quoted as saying "New Orleans is becoming the hub of the South." And they're putting their money where their mouth is. In downtown New Orleans, in the Place St. Charles building, GE Capital Technology Center has 70,000 square feet of office space.

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Out To Lunch
1:00 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

Out To Lunch: Cleaning Up

Peter Ricchiuti and Sharee Walls.
Credit Chet Overall / It's New Orleans

If you do your own laundry, you probably think you've got a small mountain of it if you have four or five loads to throw in the washing machine.

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Out To Lunch
1:00 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

Out To Lunch: Sight And Sound

Renee Vidrine, President of Lighthouse Louisiana.
Credit Chet Overall / It's New Orleans

A normally functioning human body is something most of us take for granted, until we have personal experience that challenges us. It might be the birth of a child, an accident, or just staying alive long enough to have bits of ourselves wear out.

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Out To Lunch
1:00 pm
Thu March 12, 2015

Out To Lunch: Dine Out Work Out

Peter Ricchiuti.
Credit Rick Lineberger

When you launch a new business, you have no way of knowing whether you're going to make a billion dollars, or make a bunch of decisions that add up to little more than a valuable lesson.

When a small group of New Orleans guys started hosting pop-up foodie dinners in deserted buildings, few could have predicted Dinner Lab would turn out to be a multi-million dollar nationwide business.

Dinner Lab Co-founder Paco Robert joins Peter on this edition of Out to Lunch today, along with Jason Navarro.

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Business & Technology
5:04 pm
Thu March 5, 2015

Survey: For Women In Tech, New Orleans Tops Silicon Valley

A survey by the group SmartAsset lists New Orleans among the top ten best cities for women working in the technology field.
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Slate magazine recently reported on a survey by the group SmartAsset, listing the best cities for women working in the technology field.

Some of the surprising findings: Cities in Silicon Valley ranked far below some others with less well-known tech communities – including New Orleans. The survey ranked New Orleans number seven overall on the list of best American cities for women in tech.

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Out To Lunch
1:00 pm
Thu March 5, 2015

Out To Lunch: Green Orleans

John Hopper, Christal White and Peter Ricchiuti.
Credit Chet Overall / It's New Orleans

“Green” used to be just a color. Now it’s a way of life. Everything from household trash to billion-dollar industrial plants can be “green” — meaning we undertake an activity mindful of the impact we’re having on our environment.

We use the word “green” because it’s the most ubiquitous color in nature. In cities we’ve coined a term for urban nature — Green Space.

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Business & Technology
12:15 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

UNO Professor Teaches Computers The Human Art Of Storytelling

UNO professor Stephen Ware received a grant from the National Science Foundation to create artificial intelligence systems that integrate computer reasoning with the human art of storytelling.
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University of New Orleans computer science professor Stephen Ware is the recipient of a two-year $138,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to create artificial intelligence systems that integrate computer reasoning with the human art of storytelling.

WWNO’s Tech & Innovation Reporter Janaya Williams recently spoke with Ware about his Narrative Intelligence Lab at UNO, and the challenge of teaching computers how to “think” more like human beings.

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Out To Lunch
1:00 pm
Thu February 19, 2015

Out To Lunch: Highbrow Highway

Sean Reilly.
Credit Chet Overall / It's New Orleans

If you spend any time driving, you probably know the name “Lamar.” You've no doubt seen it on a billboard. But Lamar is not a product — it’s the name of the company that owns the billboard. In fact Lamar owns more interstate billboards and outdoor advertising than just about anybody in America. And they're based in Baton Rouge.

The CEO of Lamar Advertising, Sean Reilly, is Peter's guest on Out to Lunch.

So is Susan Taylor. Susan has some outdoor artworks too. They’re in the Besthoff Sculpture Garden.

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Business & Technology
1:46 pm
Fri February 13, 2015

Can't Find That Mardi Gras Parade? This App Can Help

The WDSU-TV Parade Tracker car in front of Gallier Hall during the 2015 Krewe of Sparta parade.
Credit Jason Saul / WWNO

Mardi Gras season is in full swing. In the last few years, two local television stations have created "parade tracker" smartphone apps to help Mardi Gras revelers identify in real time where they can catch up with the front of a parade.

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Out To Lunch
1:00 pm
Thu February 12, 2015

Out To Lunch: Mover Shaker Maker

Tim Williamson and Peter Ricchiuti.
Credit Chet Overall / It's New Orleans

In business, as in everything else, each generation finds a way to separate itself from the past. One of the interesting current generational shifts is the use of new technology to adapt and carry forward skills developed by previous generations. This group of folks call themselves “Makers.”

Eric Bernstein is a local proponent of the Maker movement and founder of a company called Werkly. And on this show Peter welcomes back one of the grandfathers of the New Orleans economic boom, CEO of the Idea Village, Tim Williamson.

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