Time to Celebrate New Mexico's Fastest Growing Tech Companies!


The 19th annual New Mexico Technology Flying 40 program is inviting businesses from around the state to be recognized among the state’s high-tech growth leaders.

The annual listing, now in its 19th year, celebrates technology entrepreneurs and the contribution they make to New Mexico’s economy. John Freisinger, President and CEO of Technology Ventures Corp., which hosts the program stated, “With so much attention and recognition focused on New Mexico’s startups, the Flying 40 program affords us the opportunity to celebrate the achievements of our State’s later-stage companies. With aggregate revenues reaching $747 million last year, these companies deserve special recognition.”

The 2016 listing will be compiled from voluntary responses. Eligibility will be determined in three categories: top revenue growth companies with revenues between $1 million and $10 million; top revenue growth companies with revenues of more than $10 million; and top revenue-producing technology companies irrespective of revenue growth.

The deadline to file a Flying 40 qualification form is Friday, April 1st. Apply at www.techventures.org

Eligibility criteria includes: five or more employees; the company must be headquartered in New Mexico; may be publicly listed or privately owned, but cannot be a subsidiary of a company headquartered outside of New Mexico.

The revenue figures will be used to rank the companies in a list that will be published in a special edition of the Albuquerque Journal Business Outlook on June 20, 2016. Companies selected for this recognition and their employees will be honored at a celebratory event at the Albuquerque Zoo on June 22, 2016.

Program sponsors include: Technology Ventures Corp.; KPMG LLP; New Mexico Bank and Trust; Albuquerque Journal Business Outlook; Sandia Science & Technology Park


2016-03-09T10:23:46+00:00March 9th, 2016|

Nominations Are Open for Women in Tech Achievement Awards

NMTC’s Women in Technology Celebration is our most popular event! Held annually to recognize the achievements of women working in New Mexico’s technology arena, promoting the role of women in tech and science, and encouraging women to pursue careers in these fields.
Do you know of an exceptional woman in NM who is leading the way in a tech-related field? Consider nominating her for a recognition award at our celebration breakfast to be held on Thursday, March 5, 2015 at 8:30am at the Albuquerque Marriot.
The criteria for nomination is simple:  The woman must be a leader in a tech-related field, or a woman who encourages other young women to pursue career paths in technology and science.
Submit a nomination here before Friday, February 20, 2015. Women may be nominated more than once, but previous winners are not eligible.

2015-01-08T15:01:31+00:00January 8th, 2015|

NMTC Announces 2014 New Mexico Women in Technology Awardees

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., February 6, 2014– The New Mexico Technology Council (NMTC) announced the winners of its New Mexico Women in Technology Awards for 2014 at a breakfast celebration in Albuquerque. Nine women were honored, leaders from throughout New Mexico in IT, Social Media, Education and Entrepreneurship.
2014 award winners were:

  • Lisa Abeyta, Founder & CEO, APPCityLife
  • Kim Griego, Robotics Teacher, Cleveland High School
  • Deborah Peacock, CEO & Managing Partner, Peacock Myers PC
  • Karen Pena, APS Technology Teacher, Cochiti Elementary School
  • Julianna Silva, Albuquerque Regional Manager & Marketing Director, WESST
  • Dorothy Stermer, Manager, Sandia National Laboratories
  • Janet Webb, President, Webb Design Inc
  • Dr. Karin Wiburg, Distinguished Professor, Learning Design and Technology, NMSU

About the New Mexico Technology Council
The New Mexico Technology Council (www.nmtechcouncil.org) was founded in 2000 as the New Mexico Information Technology and Software Association (NMITSA) to promote the growth of New Mexico’s technology business community.

2014-11-14T09:06:32+00:00November 14th, 2014|

Changing the Conversation: Creative Startups Week

One of the best things to come from Albuquerque’s innovation scene in recent months is the sense that our entrepreneurs, technologists, artists and other creatives are coming together like never before. It’s evident in the work of Bandojo, a music creation app that really came together when electronic composer/artist Paniotis met with serial entrepreneur Travis Kellerman. It had its inflection point when Levitated celebrated its launch during Tech Fiesta and hundreds came – the smartest and most diverse crowd I think I’ve ever seen in Albuquerque. 

A real catalyst in this has been the Creative Startups accelerator that holds its Demo Day and other events this week. Seeking a wider range of ‘creative’ startups both geographically (about half are from outside New Mexico) and in sector or play (they didn’t define creative), they’ve launched a great experiment that capitalizes on both the creative and business talent we have in New Mexico – as well as some great connections from Tom Aageson and Alice Loy – to apply the startup teaching methodologies from Steve Blank, Eric Ries and others to more creative endeavors. 

We’ll learn much more Thursday night when their teams present their new ventures. From Creative Startups & the Global Center for Cultural Entrepreneurship:

“Meet all of the Creative-Startups entrepreneurs in fast-paced presentations. Food trucks, beer sampling and open exhibits following the demos – so come ready for fun!”

Explora! Museum, 1701 Mountain Road NW, Albuquerque, NM
Event opens at 6:00 PM
Startup presentations at 6:30 PM
Sign up at: http://www.culturalentrepreneur.org/rsvp3

(More about both Wednesday & Thursday events here: http://www.culturalentrepreneur.org/rsvp)

Another important thing though about the Creative Startups cohort and the ABQid accelerator as well is that the startups’ journeys don’t end with the demo day and the relationships don’t end there either. Creative Startups’ Roxanne Blair is looking forward to not only the ongoing mentorship for their teams, but also other events and initiatives to keep building connections in our local ecosystem.

In “The Rise of the Creative Class” Richard Florida identified Albuquerque for its richness in different kinds of creatives. It’s great to be here now as our promise begins to pay off.

2014-10-21T06:12:30+00:00October 21st, 2014|

Tech Fiesta ABQ (Sep 5-14) – events brought to you by NMTC

TechFiesta ABQ is 10 days of presentations, panels, and gatherings from the brightest minds in tech in the Albuquerque area. Attended by those working and interested in the technology field join to get a big picture view of the future of our industry as well as gain valuable information about thriving in Albuquerque’s current tech culture.

Here are the events happening September 5-14 that are sponsored by the New Mexico Technology Council:

PNM Innovation Speakers Series – Economic Transformation through Synergy – Sept 8, 5:00pm at the National Hispanic Cultural Center. Three panelists from Austin will discuss the efforts made over the years to reshape Austin, how each piece fits with the other in order to create a thriving economy that is more than the sum of its parts, and how Albuquerque can learn from the experience.  Tickets may be purchased for $20 in advance and at the door.

NMTC Women in Tech Luncheon – Sep 11, 11:30am at the Albuquerque Convention Center – Ballroom A. The Tech Fiesta 2014 entrepreneurs’ panel includes a group six of seasoned and successful professionals that have been integral to launching one or more technology or consulting businesses. The forum includes individuals from Albuquerque businesses with information technology, scientific, legal, business, and consulting expertise and discussions will be focused on common issues women face as entrepreneurs. Tickets are $25 for NMTC Members, and $35 for non-members – register here.

TechRev Conference Day – Sep 12, 8:00am to 4:00pm at the Albuquerque Convention Center. TechRev is a full day conference featuring tracks for technologists, entrepreneurs and the business community produced by the NM Technology Council. One highlight will be a special lunchtime panel, “Collective Impact for a Smarter City: Data Driven programs to transform Albuquerque” with remarks from Mayor Richard Berry, and featuring representatives from ABQ Heading Home, the Living Cities Initiative and Mission Graduate. This is an all-day event at the Albuquerque Convention Center and tickets may be purchased for conference only, lunch only, or a full-day pass to both.

Email lisa@nmtechcouncil.org for coupon codes for NMTC members and students.


2014-08-19T11:01:54+00:00August 19th, 2014|

Venture Capital Events in ABQ August 28th


The Rocky Mountain Venture Capital Association is prepping two events for Albuquerque entrepreneurs and investors during their annual meeting here next week. Here are the details:

VC’s Unplugged

VC’s Unplugged is a networking luncheon for entrepreneurs, service providers, angel investors and investors to have an opportunity to meet out of state venture capitalists and engage in informal conversations about funding opportunities within our region. The event will include a panel of seasoned venture capitalists, great networking and a buffet lunch.

Members of our VC Panel include:

  • Brian Armstrong, CO, Point B Capital
  • Brian Burns, AZ, Grayhawk Capital
  • Chris Marks, CO, Tango/High Country Ventures
  • Ari Newman, CO, TechStars
  • Peter Roshko, CO, Boulder Ventures
  • Brandon Tidwell, UT, Signal Peak Ventures
  • Brian Wallace, CO, Access Venture Partners
  • Alison Wistner, UT, Mercator Partners
  • Moderator: Brian Birk, NM, Sun Mountain Capital

WHEN:      Thursday, August 28, 2014; 11:30am to 1:30pm


SIGN UP:   $25; Register HERE

Following the VC Panel, there will be a presentation provided by the New Mexico-Israel Business Exchange (NMIBE) and The Binational Industrial Research and Development (BIRD) Foundation. The NMIBE helps build relationships between companies in New Mexico and Israel and the BIRD Foundation provides grant opportunities for collaboration between American and Israeli companies. Speakers will include Kirk Otis, CEO of BIRD grant recipient Trilumina, who will describe his company’s experience as a two-time grant winner, and Michal Miasnik, West Coast Representative for the BIRD Foundation.


PITCH Unplugged

Get a front row seat to learn about innovative companies from across New Mexico through creative and fast-paced ‘Shark Tank’ style presentations. Listen in as a group of visiting VCs provides candid feedback to the CEOs. The evening also includes ample networking time to maximize opportunities to visit with seasoned venture capitalists, angel investors, entrepreneurs and key service providers.

Participating VC firms are listed above.

WHEN:      Thursday, August 28; 5:30pm to 7:30pm

WHERE:    Marble Brewery, 111 Marble Ave. NW Albuquerque, NM

SIGN-UP:   Event is free to attend, but pre-registration required HERE. Each guest receives two beer tickets and a meal ticket good at one of the food trucks on site.

2014-08-19T04:38:40+00:00August 19th, 2014|

Los Alamos Science Fest – A Few Highlights

LA_ScienceFest2014Several of us with the NM Technology Council have been hard at work supporting this year’s Tech Fiesta ABQ (running September 14th – 23rd – it’s going to be great!), but that’s also something we like to call the “Season of Innovation” with events going on throughout New Mexico.

And one prime location is Los Alamos. It’s simply a great week to visit, and here are a few reasons why:

The main reason is the new Los Alamos Science Festival – formerly The Next Big Idea fest. It’s a fantastic time of year to learn more about the many people and organizations doing ground-breaking work in tech, the sciences and innovation in general. Great also for budding entrepreneurs and for companies interested in hiring and working with high end talent. Please consider attending! 

Learn more about the Los Alamos Science Fest here: http://www.losalamossciencefestival.com/ 

Entrepreneurial Teen Grand Challenge
This event will bring together winners of teen entrepreneurial events in Taos, Espanola, Santa Fe and Los Alamos. These teams will present their winning pitches to a panel of judges from the startup and investment community who will select the grand champion to be the coveted top Teen Entrepreneurial idea in Northern New Mexico!
WHEN:                September 8 @ 5:00 pm
WHERE:             UNM-LA Lecture Hall Room 230, 4000 University Drive, Los Alamos, NM 87544
‘Atomic Ant Sand’ with Robb Hermes
Ever wonder how a scientific discovery is made? Learn from Robb Hermes, one of two curious scientists who, through their interest in the sand from ant hills, rediscovered the droplet forms of Trinitite and came to a theory on how the Trinitite formed. Trinitite is the glassy mineral that was made by the first atomic test.
WHEN:                 September 8 @ 6:00 pm 
WHERE:              Los Alamos National Bank, 1200 Trinity Drive, Los Alamos, NM 87544 

Conversation with Scientists
LANL scientists will engage in an informal chat with attendees, sharing their research expertise in a selected group of technologies. This is an excellent opportunity to chat with world class scientists on the cutting edge of their research field. Registration is required.
WHEN:               September 9, 2014,  9:00 am – 10:00 am
WHERE:             Fuller Lodge, 2132 Central Ave, Los Alamos, NM
SIGNUP/INFO:   To attend please register at: http://great-conversations.lanl.gov

Los Alamos National Laboratory Postdocorate Career Fair
The Postdoc Program Office at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) will host its Annual Postdoctoral Career Fair from September 9th thru 11th in Los Alamos, New Mexico. Come meet some of the top talent nationally – and help keep them in New Mexico!
WHEN:               September 9-10th, 2014
WHERE:            Crossroads Bible Church, 97 E Rd, Los Alamos, NM 87544
SIGNUP/INFO:   Phone 505-665-1305 /fax 505-665-3125 

Learn more about the Los Alamos Science Fest here: http://www.losalamossciencefestival.com/ 


2014-08-18T23:46:16+00:00August 18th, 2014|

Senator Heinrich Seeks Input, Engagement with FCC; FCC Chairman to Visit

US Senator Martin Heinrich has sponsored “Net Neutraility” Legislation and is inviting the tech business community – and wider public – to provide our thoughts and feedback on these important issues. Read the press release below and contact him here: http://www.heinrich.senate.gov/contact/write-martin

In related news, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler will be in New Mexico this coming Monday for a roundtable discussion with State Senator Jacob Candelaria and local youth about “net neutrality, telehealth, prison phones, rural broadband access, improved internet in schools and libraries, Lifeline, and the recent telecommunications mergers.” Read more here and sign up for the event here: http://act.freepress.net/survey/internet_fcc_abq/


For Immediate Release 
Date: June 23, 2014
Contact: Whitney Potter (202) 228-1578

Heinrich Cosponsors Net Neutrality Legislation; Urges FCC Chairman To Hold Hearings To Hear Directly From New Mexicans About Open Internet Rules

WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 23, 2014) – In an effort to ensure an open Internet, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) cosponsored S. 2476, the Online Competition and Consumer Choice Act, a bill that would direct the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to establish rules that prohibit preferential treatment or prioritization of Internet traffic. The legislation would ensure that start-ups and entrepreneurs have access to the marketplace and consumers can access all content on the Internet equally.

“New Mexicans have made it clear that they want to protect net neutrality,” said Sen. Heinrich. “The Internet must remain open and conducive to free expression, innovation, and competition, not a tiered system based on financial relationships with Internet service providers. It is important that the FCC prohibit providers from discriminating against small businesses in order to ensure that competition is preserved and consumer protections are strengthened.”

On May 15, 2014, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Proposal (NPRM) seeking public comments on how best to restore the Open Internet rules that were struck down by the D.C. Circuit earlier this year.  One of the questions that the FCC poses in its NPRM is whether certain practices, such as paid prioritization, should be banned entirely.

Senator Heinrich, a strong proponent of net neutrality, sent a letter to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler urging the Commission to hold a series of field hearings in New Mexico and across the country on the new Open Internet rules.

The Online Competition and Consumer Choice Act, which was introduced by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Congresswoman Doris Matsui (D-CA), member of the House Energy and Commerce Communications and Technology Subcommittee, would require the FCC to prohibit paid prioritization agreements between Internet Service Provider’s (ISP) and content providers on the last mile Internet connection, the connection between the ISP and the consumer.  In addition, it would prohibit broadband providers from prioritizing or otherwise giving preferential treatment to its own last mile Internet traffic or the traffic of its affiliates over the traffic of others.

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2014-06-26T09:23:30+00:00June 26th, 2014|

Startup Teen Entrepreneurs Program Seeks High School Students for July

Startup Teen organizers Taylor Chavez & Thomas Abeyta with NMTC Community Manager Eric Renz-Whitmore and Bosque Schools' Marisa Gay

Startup Teen organizers Taylor Chavez & Thomas Abeyta with NMTC Community Manager Eric Renz-Whitmore and Bosque Schools’ Marisa Gay

Keeping kids in school and learning (which helps them lead better, healthier, better compensated lives) is largely a matter of making learning more relevant. The lean startup approach has been doing a great job of that, getting many young people and proving some necessity for math, science and communications skills. And since we also want to encourage more entrepreneurial ‘culture’ teaching kids about entrepreneurial opportunities early on can make a big difference in all sorts of ways. 

That’s why we’re so excited about the forthcoming Startup Teen Entrepreneurs program from the same dynamic folks who brought us the world’s first Startup Weekend by teens for teens. Here are the basics (http://www.startupteen.com):

The Startup Teen Entrepreneurs Summer Program for high school students in 9th-12th grades.

The program is July 14-18, 2014. This program will emulate Startup Weekend Teen Albuquerque. High school students will follow the global grassroots movement, Startup Weekend, of active and empowered community leaders and entrepreneurs, who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful business ventures. This week-long program will focus on economic development and business start ups all designed and created by teens. Beginning with overviews of the economic scenario in New Mexico, leading to open-mic pitches and business development, and finally presenting the business plans to a panel of judges, attendees will learn and create what millions of Americans only dream about doing. The students will learn about customer development, validating their ideas, marketing, programming, practicing LEAN Startup methodologies, and ultimately building a minimal viable product.

Cost for the week is $145, but scholarships and other ways to make attending easier are available. Find more info and registration at: http://startupteen.com/

See a video interview from uPublic’s “The Morning Brew with Larry Ahrens” featuring student organizer Thomas Abeyta and Bosque School Director of Communications, Marisa Gay HERE.

If you have kids of your own or in your extended family – or know of others who do, please consider passing this along!


2014-06-16T02:08:43+00:00June 16th, 2014|