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SBWS x SXSW: The Big Louisiana Episode


South by Southwest (SXSW) hosts conferences and festivals that celebrate the interactive, film, and music industries.  It takes place in Austin, Texas for two weeks during mid-March, hosting thousands of people from around the world.

For SXSW 2018, we will be interviewing small business leaders from around the nation.

On this episode we are joined by five business leaders from Louisiana. We met at a crawfish boil put together by the city of Lafayette, Louisiana for SXSW. 

Today’s guests are:

William Ness – LUS FIber

Jamie Nakamoto – Louisiana Economic Development

Destin Ortego – Opportunity Machine

Zach Hager – One Acadiana

Carrie Eggleston – CGI

Louisiana is booming with economic opportunities for businesses and has many qualities that can benefit small businesses, such as the tax bracket, low cost of business, and the community aspect. 

This week on Small Business War Stories, we are joined by five business leaders from Louisiana.

Three reasons to tune in:

  • Learn how Waitr, the food delivery app, was developed in Louisiana with the help of Opportunity Machine. 
  • Hear about the benefits of living in Louisiana, such as the rich culture surrounding art, food, and music.
  • Learn about the tech movement and how it is providing 5,000 jobs that need to be filled in Louisiana. 

Listen to the podcast:


Pablo Fuentes

Pablo Fuentes was the Founder and CEO of Proven. He was also the host and producer of the Small Business War Stories podcast. Pablo is currently the Founder of makepath, a spatial analysis firm. He is a graduate of the Stanford Graduate School of Business and UCLA. He loves dogs, film photography, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He is also a blues guitar player and builder.

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