Why Big Organizations Support Small

Olivia Aligned Contributions, Blog, Business, Capital and Financing, Entrepreneurship

Square, CNM, Nusenda are part of a new wave of entrepreneurial support To be successful, a startup needs to be profitable, marketable and scalable. It also needs to be attractive to qualified employees, pay competitively, have solid financial backing and access to liquid capital. Easy, right? The high cost and high risk of startup entrepreneurship is enough to discourage even …

“Nontraditional” Is the New Unstoppable: Mercedes Ortega-Kennedy is ABQ’s Next Big Thing

Olivia Blog, Business, Connecting People and Places, Education, Entrepreneurship, Technology Commercialization

Square, CNM, Nusenda are part of a new wave of entrepreneurial support To be successful, a startup needs to be profitable, marketable and scalable. It also needs to be attractive to qualified employees, pay competitively, have solid financial backing and access to liquid capital. Easy, right? The high cost and high risk of startup entrepreneurship is enough to discourage even …

What does it mean to be an ‘ecosystem’ anyway?

Olivia Aligned Contributions, Blog, Business, Connecting People and Places, Entrepreneurship

The internet is a web. The interstate is an artery. The economy is an ecosystem. For the human brain, explaining complex ideas with analogy and metaphor helps us relate and understand quickly. In the case of the economic metaphor, however, the imagery not only works to explain the complexity of inputs and outputs, it works literally as well. That is …

UNM’s Partnership with the Air Force Research Lab Is Changing the Future of Aerospace

Olivia Aligned Contributions, Blog, Business, Connecting People and Places, Education, Entrepreneurship, Science, Talent and Skill Development, Technology, Technology Commercialization

Closing the Gaps in the New Year

Olivia Aligned Contributions, Blog, Business, Connecting People and Places, Entrepreneurship, Racial Equity, Talent and Skill Development

When we embarked on this experiment in collective impact nearly five years ago we did not know where the path would lead. We knew Albuquerque was facing some of our toughest economic challenges. We knew there were no simple solutions. We knew that progress toward realizing our city’s full potential as a place to live, work and prosper — for …

Small Business and the Health of Our City

City Alive Blog, Business, Connecting People and Places, Entrepreneurship, Racial Equity, Talent and Skill Development

As a lifelong resident of New Mexico, I’ve been a web designer/developer professionally for the past 20 years. Last spring, I embarked on the wondrous journey of software entrepreneur with my new company Hangerang. I knew I needed help. So I’ve made a conscious decision to reach out to the local tech/entrepreneur community for guidance which included getting engaged with …

Top 5 Events for Startup Entrepreneurs in ABQ

Olivia Blog, Business, Connecting People and Places, Entrepreneurship, Talent and Skill Development, Technology

This month Netflix announced its planned acquisition of ABQ Studios. Their expected capital investment to purchase and renovate the studios will be at least $30 million. The deal promises to bring $1 billion in production to New Mexico over the next decade, creating up to 1,000 production jobs a year. Considering the New Mexico economy received $234.2 million in direct …

ABQ’s Top Two Sectors That Need to Scale Now

Olivia Blog, Business, Connecting People and Places, Entrepreneurship, Talent and Skill Development, Technology

As a lifelong resident of New Mexico, I’ve been a web designer/developer professionally for the past 20 years. Last spring, I embarked on the wondrous journey of software entrepreneur with my new company Hangerang. I knew I needed help. So I’ve made a conscious decision to reach out to the local tech/entrepreneur community for guidance which included getting engaged with …