Tech On Tap Thursday April 28th with Steve McKee on SaaS and Passare

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About Passare
Passare is an innovative, Cloud-based Software as a Service (SaaS) platform that helps funeral service professionals connect and collaborate with families anytime, anywhere, from any connected device. The company was founded in 2012 to meet the changing needs and preferences of today’s funeral consumers. Passare offers funeral homes increased efficiency and accuracy while enhancing the customer’s buying experience. Through the cloud-based funeral arrangement platform, families are able to collaborate with one another and their funeral director. By mid-2015, Passare transitioned from a tech start-up into a fully operational company, growing its customer base by over 300% in six months. Passare is redefining and reinvigorating one of the last industries to be transformed by the digital revolution.
Steve McKee, Co-Founder of Passare
In addition to being the co-founder and member of the board of directors of Passare, Steve is president of McKee Wallwork + Company (MWC), Advertising Age’s2015 Southwest Small Agency of the Year and the firm out of which Passare emerged.  He is the author of When Growth Stalls: How it Happens, Why You’re Stuck and What To Do About It, and Power Branding: Leveraging the Success of the World’s Best Brands. His firm specializes in revitalizing stalled, stuck and stale brands across the U.S. and made the Inc. 500 list of the fastest-growing private companies in America its first year of eligibility. A marketing strategist for nearly thirty years, Steve has held executive positions at several notable international agencies. He was a popular columnist for more than a decade and currently writes a monthly column for SmartBrief on Leadership. He has been published or quoted in The New York Times, USA Today,, Investor’s Business Daily, the Los Angeles Times and is a frequent contributor to Albuquerque Business First. A popular speaker at corporate and association events, he has appeared on CNBC, ESPN2, CNNfn, Bloomberg, and network television affiliates across America.

Register here to attend and your first drink is on us!

2016-04-25T15:34:09+00:00April 25th, 2016|

New Mexico Tech First Annual Inventors and Entrepreneurs Conference

NM Mining


On April 15th and 16th New Mexico Tech  is hosting the first ever

Inventors & Entrepreneurs Workshop on campus in Socorro, NM

Come meet: the world famous Marty Cooper inventor of the Cell Phone; Bill Seidel, CEO of America Invents; Nola Masterson, CEO of Science Futures, Inc.; Bob Parker, holder of 80 patents from the Mood Ring to the Duracell Battery Tester; Lionel Leventhal, one of NYC major technology investors; Frank Etscorn, inventor of the Nicotine Patch, and many more

“From Your Mind to the Market”

Business Start-up Workshop

Sponsored by: US Patent & Trademark Office, Peacock Myers, PC, Inventors Digest, Technology Ventures Corporation, Innovate Product Design, Licensing Executives Society, plus more

Special sessions on Starting a Business, Building a Team, Funding a Start-up, etc.

A hands-on program to turn your big idea into a successful product.

This is the first annual event to stimulate invention and innovation and inspire attendees.

You will leave with new knowledge from those who have done it, plus a tote bag full of info.


Dr. Daniel Lopez, President, New Mexico Tech

Deborah Peacock, Chair, New Mexico Tech Board of Regents

Andy Lim, Founder, LAVU, Albuquerque, NM

Bill Seidel, America Invents, Sebastopol, CA

Martin Cooper, Cell Phone Inventor

Larry Udell, Licensing Executives Society and New Mexico Tech


Deborah Peacock, Chair, New Mexico Tech Board of Regents

John Chavez, President, New Mexico Angels, Albuquerque, NM

Craig Kenesky, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich and Rosati, New York, NY

David Pesiri, Los Alamos National Laboratories, Los Alamos, NM

John Hood, Zephyr Holdings, Albuquerque, NM

Lionel Leventhal, HoulihanLokey, New York, NY

David Hartford, Aeris Capital, Palo Alto, CA

Nola Masterson, Science Futures, Palo Alto, CA

Bill Reichert, Garage Technology Ventures, Palo Alto, CA

Andres Salazar, Technology Ventures Corporation, Albuquerque, NM

Tom Stephenson, Verge Fund, Albuquerque, NM

Mitchell Kirschner, MIK Development, Inc., New York, NY

Stuart Rose, New Mexico Bioscience Center, Albuquerque, NM

Bill Seidel, CEO of America Invents, Inc., Sebastopol, CA

Kathy Hansen, Arrowhead Center at New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM


Similar to the popular Shark Tank television show, New Mexico Tech’s own Wolves’ Den will feature inventors presenting their ideas to a panel of successful, experienced investors and entrepreneurs. Presenters will be selected based on invention summaries submitted to a NMT committee. The basis for the Wolves’ Den is intellectual property (IP). All presenting inventors will be showcasing commercialization ideas that are built around IP that is either protected or protectable.
IP may be protected in many ways, including patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets. There is no restriction on the type of protection – or potential protection – but all Wolves’ Den presentations will be IP based.
Wolves’ Den presenters will be competing for funding and/or legal in-kind services that may be used to advance their innovation to commercialization.
The Wolves’ Den panel is set to consist of six members who are prominent investors and early- stage commercialization experts who come from New Mexico, New York City, and Palo Also, CA.
Inventors attending the workshop cannot bring their prototypes, etc. to the event unless they have been chosen as a Wolves Den presenter.

2016-02-18T15:38:35+00:00April 15th, 2016|

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 (

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:

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|

What is Startup Weekend?

Startup Weekend – and Startup Weekend Santa Fe, coming soon! – is essentially a weekend-long hackathon for transforming ideas into viable startups. However for people unfamiliar with hackathon-style events, this may be fairly opaque and confusing. 

Luckily several of the sites that have already hosted Startup Weekend events have shared their thoughts and information about how they work. For a quick introduction, visit with #SWToronto here:

It’s not a seminar or a workshop. Participants with skills in business, programming, design and more arrive ready to share and pitch ideas, the ideas are culled by popular vote, and attendees either lead or find teams to work with in transforming those ideas into potential products, services or businesses. Architectures and prototypes are developed, then tested and changed based on customer response. Teams continue to pivot and adapt to feedback and new opportunities, as they create a presentation to demonstrate their project, how it’s used, and how it should earn income. Judges with experience in investment, startups and related fields question and make suggestions, determining the ‘winners’ of the weekend’s event.

Some startup projects find funding and/or continue to develop into real companies. Others are abandoned as failures to be discarded, but learned from. Participants will have met new friends and potential colleagues.

Our entrepreneurial ecosystem will have taken a small but healthy step forward.

We hope you’ll consider joining us for Startup Weekend Santa Fe (March 1-3 2013 at the Santa Fe Business Incubator) and for the Startup Weekends to come. 

Find more information at:

Register at:

And view the longer form video here:

Startup Weekend – Full from Eighteen Eighty on Vimeo.


2013-02-08T01:43:53+00:00February 8th, 2013|