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Isaacson sees New Orleans in its third wave of entrepreneurship

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(Gallery by David Grunfeld, The Times-Picayune)

By Mark Waller, | The Times-Picayune 
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on March 18, 2013 at 7:14 PM, updated March 18, 2013 at 7:15 PM

The 300-year sweep of New Orleans history includes three major surges inentrepreneurship, with the city now in the midst of the third one, said Walter Isaacson, the best-selling author and New Orleans native, on Monday. He spoke at Gallier Hall for the opening the New Orleans Entrepreneur Week festival of start-ups.

An era from the founding of the city, when boosters for New Orleans sought to recruit people from an unusual mix of cultures, […]

New Orleans gets top rankings for the port and information technology jobs from business site selection magazine

Refreshments and hors d’oeuvres are spread out atop pallets on a fork lift as the Port of New Orleans and New Orleans Cold Storage hosts the dedication of the Henry Clay Avenue Refrigerated Terminal Wednesday in July 2012. The $40 million project includes a 142,000 square-foot warehouse for storing and freezing perishables located along the Mississippi River at the Henry Clay Wharf. (Ted Jackson / Times-Picayune archive)

By Mark Waller, | The Times-Picayune 
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on July 29, 2013 at 5:30 PM

Business Facilities magazine, which focuses on business site selection, is giving New Orleans top ratings among ports and information technology job centers. […]

Growing New Orleans market research start-up recruits executives from Los Angeles

By Mark Waller, | The Times-Picayune 
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on July 18, 2013 at 11:54 AM, updated July 18, 2013 at 4:23 PM

A 3-year-old, growing New Orleans company that connects market researchers with pools of survey takers on the Internet announced it has recruited an executive working for an international market research firm in Los Angeles and is moving another executive from Los Angeles to New Orleans. In making the moves, the company, Federated Sample, is touting New Orleans as an increasingly appealing destination for people in technology.

Federated Sample named Michael McCrary as president in 2011. He was based in Los Angeles and now […]

An Upstart Start-up Takes on Jim Cramer


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July 23, 2013

The unsolicited offer by New Orleans–based Spear Point Buyout Group for New York media company TheStreet is just a taste of the economic renaissance of the Big Easy.
By Jan Alexander

Nicolas Perkin and Rodney Bienvenu Jr., who run seven-month-old New Orleans–based Spear Point Buyout Group, are big fans of Jim Cramer, host of CNBC’s Mad Money and co-founder and chairman of TheStreet. “We agree with him that Wall Street brings in riches for the rich guys while retail investors get locked out,” says Bienvenu. He and Perkin have noticed that TheStreet has itself been losing value; they think an […]