Startup Life in ABQ: The Pros and Cons with Tech Entrepreneur Javier Romero

Thema Blog, Business, Education, Entrepreneurship, Talent and Skill Development, Technology

July 17, 2018 The 38-year-old New Mexico-native Javier Romero is not only building a tech company, he’s trying to change the way we behave on the internet. His new venture Hangerang incentivizes offline interaction and real-life friendships using an online platform. It is a heady endeavor, but he’s backed by the supportive and diverse tech ecosystem here in Albuquerque. Here’s …

Welcoming New Leaders to City Alive

Thema Aligned Contributions, Connecting People and Places

This year marks an important moment in the evolution of our work. What began as a small Initiative four years ago has grown into a strong and dedicated cross-sector team of innovators taking on some of Albuquerque’s toughest economic challenges. This year we have expanded our leadership table to include a few pivotal members to collaborate on our goal of …

Fathers Building Futures

Re-entry – The Business of Keeping Fathers Out of Prison

Thema Business, Education, Entrepreneurship, Video

December 20, 2017 Fathers Building Futures in Albuquerque, New Mexico, is using jobs to break a vicious cycle of incarceration. Nearly half of all inmates in New Mexico return to prison. But through Fathers Building Futures, 3 out of 4 stay out of prison and keep jobs that allow them to support their families. This video is part of a …

Working Together to Get Ahead – Sylvia Vasquez’s Caterpillar Clubhouse

Thema Business, Education, Entrepreneurship, Video

September 26, 2017 The average cost of child care in New Mexico is nearly half of a minimum-wage worker’s income. With one in four children living in poverty in the state, child care providers like Sylvia Vasquez have to learn to navigate public funding, which accounts for nearly 50 percent of the industry’s revenue. For Spanish-speaking entrepreneurs this can prove …