Week in Review: June 3, 2013

The Silicon Bayou has been buzzing with tech and entrepreneurial news. Here are the most popular stories published on Silicon Bayou News in the past seven days:


Lanyap Creative Lets It Ride on #NOLAtech

Contributor and CEO and Co-Founder of Lanyap Creative, Joe Corbett, has announced he is putting all his chips on #NOLAtech and “let[ting] it ride.” He wants the community to unite under the  #NOLAtech hashtag and say, “Hey, people of #NOLAtech, we may bring very different things to the table, but every so often we promise to come together if for no other reason then to support the people that are passionate about our community, and to be a good example to the young minds that will soon fill our shoes.”

Meet the 12 Propeller Social Venture Accelerator Fellows

Propeller recruits between 10 and 15 early-stage ventures each year to participate in the accelerator program. Past and present Accelerator companies have propelled job creation, wealth, and scalable social impact, according to Propeller. Beyond that, now over 40 organizations and 75 individuals have signed on as members of the Incubator. It’s currently the only coworking space in the city for socially minded businesses. Meet the 12 ventures that pitched their ideas-turned-sustainable companies at the gala here.

All About You: Claire Corbett

Claire Corbett is the Chief Administrative Officer of Lanyap Creative. She went to Loyola and moved back home to New Orleans in January, after a 4-year hiatus in Washington, DC. Claire says she enjoys bookbinding and drinking bourbon (not together) in her free time. Follow Claire on Twitter and find out more about her here.

New Orleans Ranks Third on Forbes List for Growth in Information Jobs

Information industry jobs have been in decline until recent years. Forbes contributor Joel Kotkin says there has been a resurgence over the last two years mainly due to social media and the use of data in business. The information sector is seeing increased hiring in software publishing, data processing and other services. Kotkin wrote of the “big cities winning the battle for information jobs” and New Orleans made the list. Out of 317 cities, New Orleans ranks third behind San Francisco and San Jose for information job growth, according to Forbes last week.

Business Leaders and Social Entrepreneurs to be Recognized at Sustainable Business Awards Ceremony

LifeCity’s second annual Sustainable Business Awards Ceremony, the Green Natties, is an opportunity to celebrate the collective achievements in the sustainable business community and Green Natties contestants. “This Awards Ceremony will recognize such organizations that are examining more effective ways to improve their social and environmental impact and long-term city sustainability.”

“Lafayette Live” Interviews City Parish President About Developing Fiber Initiative

The city of Lafayette has put “fiber in motion.” LUSFiber is Lafayette’s community owned telecommunications system. According to Lafayette Utility System (LUS), what began as a fiber system to improve operations of facilities in Lafayette has grown into a catalyst for local economic development, education innovation and enhanced video, Internet and phone services for residents and businesses. Lafayette City-Parish President Joey Durel was interviewed on “Mornings with Ken and Bernie” for the weekly “Lafayette Live” segment to discuss the initiative further. Durel confirmed some of the financials and announced they have a third of the market.