OUT TO LUNCH finds Baton Rouge Business Report Editor Stephanie Riegel combining her hard news journalist skills and food background: conducting business over lunch. Baton Rouge has long had a storied history of politics being conducted over meals, now the Capital Region has an equivalent culinary home for business: Mansur’s. Each week Stephanie holds court over lunch at Mansur’s and invites members of the Baton Rouge business community to join her. You can also hear the show on WRKF 89.3FM.
As the tech industry evolves and matures, all sorts of new opportunities are created for entrepreneurs, who see where existing technologies don’t meet a need or don’t go far enough to deliver what customers demand. But taking a good idea and developing it into the latest app – one that works – and then getting customers to buy it – is a challenge that kills a lot of enterprising start ups before they get off the ground.
Chris Jordan is the founder of Omnidek, an all-in-one business platform geared toward the construction industry that consolidates all the apps a company needs to run—its expense reports, payroll, project management and so on—and merges them onto a single system. Chris got the idea for this platform when, after several years selling software to construction companies and realizing all the inefficiencies of having multiple software systems, he was watching a movie about the early years of Facebook’s founding and thought ,”If this dude can make $80 billion I can make $1 billion.”
D’Marcus Glasper is Vice President of Sellswipe, a homegrown app that allows its users to do a hyper-local product search to find items and businesses in their own communities so that they can shop local and support the local economy. The app also provides a platform that connects users with their friends so they can see what their friends are buying, selling and recommending. It’s a social marketplace app in the truest sense of the word.