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Fostering entrepreneurship in New Mexico

August 28, 2023
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By Paul Zelizer,  New Mexico Angels As a business coach with 16 years of experience, I have witnessed firsthand the potential for entrepreneurship to transform a state or city’s economic landscape. New Mexico boasts a rich culture of innovation and a strong entrepreneurial spirit, but to truly thrive, there are a number of strategic steps…

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Impact of net working capital in private capital market investments

July 15, 2023
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By Brian Foltyn,  REDW In the first quarter of 2023, the U.S. economy grew more slowly than its pre-pandemic low. The banking crisis affected the stock and bond markets, and the housing market continued to slow from high interest rates. Such macroeconomic factors can affect the private and public capital markets. While the New Mexico…

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What it takes to scale a business

June 5, 2023
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By Mark & Nicole Tobiassen / Founders, Action Coach New Mexico As supporters of New Mexico Angels and the start-up economy, the keys to grow a start-up are the same skills any business needs to do to scale to new levels of success. The key actions that have a business succeed are the same actions…

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To aspiring tech entrepreneurs: Now’s the time

May 1, 2023
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By Brian Adams / Head of New Initiatives, FLYR Labs I am what Jordan Clancy referred to in his July 2022 ABQ Journal Article: a New Mexico “Boomeranger.” I started my career in Albuquerque working for Eclipse Aviation almost 20 years ago. It was the first of what would be many wild startup journeys in…

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From the Angels: 4-day work week can unlock high productivity

April 20, 2023
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By Alex Greenberg / Managing Director, CerraCap Ventures If we’re ever going to be able to compete with technology hubs like Boston and Palo Alto, it’s time for us to take an innovative approach to innovation. New Mexico may not have the same resources, capital access, or worker pipelines, but we possess the intellectual property…

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NM is a great place to start and grow a business

March 31, 2023
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By Chris Ziomek / President & CEO, Build with Robots There is a classic “the grass is greener” attitude in the startup world. I find that every region of the country has its pluses and minuses. It is easy to focus on the negatives, but New Mexico has strong positives when it comes to starting…

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From the Angels: Scale Up NM program joins state’s growing entrepreneurship village

March 17, 2023
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BY CARLOS MURGUIA / ASSOCIATE, ARROWHEAD INNOVATION FUND New Mexico is often known for its breathtaking landscapes, rich cultures, and remarkable history, but not always a center for technology-based startups. However, the state is rapidly changing, with a surge in entrepreneurship, innovation, and investment, particularly in the tech sector. This transformation is driven by many…

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Opportunities knocking for NM tech economy

January 12, 2023
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BY MARY MONSON / SENIOR MANAGER FOR TECHNOLOGY PARTNERSHIPS AND BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT, SANDIA NATIONAL LABORATORIES When I moved to New Mexico more than 30 years ago, Albuquerque had a vibrant tech industry. Some of the biggest names in electronics were operating up and down the Rio Grande valley. Over time, a combination of events —…

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Don’t Forget About NM Small Businesses

December 12, 2022
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BY JOEL VAN ESSEN / ASSOCIATE, CITY DIFFERENT INVESTMENTS Editor’s Note: Throughout 2022, New Mexico Angels’ members, investors and start-up owners will be writing columns on economic development and startup opportunities in the state. The Angels unite individual investors to pool their resources, providing seed and early-stage capital to startup companies. Momentum is building in…

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NM’s innovators need more industry engagement

November 2, 2022
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BY LISA J. KUUTTILA / PRESIDENT & CHIEF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT OFFICER, UNM RAINFOREST INNOVATIONS UNM Rainforest Innovations has been working with new inventors’ technologies developed at the University of New Mexico since 1995. One of the most important things we do is to work in partnership with startup entrepreneurs. This enables the transfer of UNM…

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