Randy Asselin holding an iPad, soda and hotdogs

The Roots of a Tech Business

City Alive Business, Entrepreneurship, Technology, Technology Commercialization

Randy Asselin is the founder of Bubandu, a platform that exists in the cloud and allows companies to interact with consumers by sending app-like content from the cloud to their mobile devices. If you are not part of the technology in-crowd, this might sound mysterious and vague. It also might have you wondering how exactly it is people start technology …

The Cinco Amigos of Concours du Soleil

Cross-sector Collaboration and “Driving to the Future”

City Alive Business, Connecting People and Places, Technology

Recent research by the Federal Reserve Bank shows the most deciding factor in revitalizing cities is the ability for leaders to work across sectors over a sustained period of time with a comprehensive vision. The Albuquerque Community Foundation’s pivot with their Concours du Soleil fundraiser last year is a testament to the success of this approach. Here’s the story: The …

Picture of the Brothers Alvarez

The Refreshing Qualities of the Brothers Alvarez

City Alive Business, Entrepreneurship

Pop Fizz is one of the most colorful paleterías to ever grace Albuquerque’s scene. Lorenzo and Carlos Alvarez started the business in 2013, opening up shop on the threshold of the South Valley. Carlos always wanted to own a business. He’d gone to school for it, but prior to Pop Fizz, he found himself working for a technologies company. Similarly, …

Picture of Arellana Cordero of Cocina Azul

Behind the Scenes, Ahead of the Times: Arellana Cordero of Cocina Azul

City Alive Business, Entrepreneurship

She’s camera shy. That’s about as shy as Arellana Cordero gets. Though her father, Frank Barela, started Cocina Azul in 2009, Arellana has boldly made it what it is today. Her strengths? Day- to-day operations, marketing, organizing, policies and procedures. She emits audacity and cool composure. Arellana and her family have been called ‘serial entrepreneurs’; they’ve had insurance agencies, moving …