The State of Venture Capital in New Mexico – October 17, 2013

August 6, 2013

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Coronado Ventures Forum hosts its premiere event on “The State of Venture Capital in New Mexico” in Santa Fe at the Eldorado Hotel on October 17th.

This year, we are delighted to have Brian Birk, Managing Director at Sun Mountain Capital, return to provide introductory remarks from his insider’s view of the evolving venture capital and early stage funding landscape in the State. Brian will then join a panel of prominent venture capitalists active in New Mexico. The panel will be moderated by CVF’s Todd Hand.

Whether you are an entrepreneur, investor or just interested in the venture capital investment landscape in New Mexico, expect a lively discussion of venture investment trends, what is and isn’t working in New Mexico-based start-ups, and the impact of the return of the State Investment Council investing in venture funds active in New Mexico.

This is CVF’s signature event of the year and provides a terrific networking opportunity for entrepreneurs, investors and others in the entrepreneurial community. The event will very likely sell out, so get your tickets early!


Brian BirkBrian Birk
Managing Director, Sun Mountain Capital

Brian Birk has over 20 years experience as an operating executive and investor. Mr. Birk co-founded Sun Mountain Capital, a boutique private equity firm focused on the Southwest and Rocky Mountain regions, in 2006. Since that time Sun Mountain has grown to be one of the largest PE firms in the region, and currently manages direct investment funds and fund of funds vehicles. Prior to forming Sun Mountain Capital, Mr. Birk was a Vice President and Director of Private Equity at Fort Washington Capital Partners where he helped the firm establish and manage a number of private equity direct investment funds, secondary investment funds, and fund of funds programs.
    Mr. Birk was a founder or senior executive at several high profile start-ups, including MetaWeb (acquired by Google), Applied Minds and BiosGroup. In addition, Mr. Birk has held a senior manager position at the Boston Consulting Group and finance manager positions at General Electric and GE Capital. Mr. Birk has an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management and a BS in economics from Carleton College.


Dave BlivinDave Blivin
Founder, Managing Partner, Cottonwood Technology Funds

Dave Blivin is a founder and managing partner of Cottonwood Technology Funds (CTF). CTF is a seed and early-stage technology commercialization fund with offices in Santa Fe and Albuquerque, New Mexico. It invests in technology-related (particularly chemistry/material sciences, photonics, biosciences and new energy related) businesses originating throughout the Southwest region generally bordered by Phoenix, Denver and Austin and including the Rio Grande Technology Corridor, running from Los Alamos, New Mexico to McAllen, Texas. This region includes three national laboratories, over a dozen major research universities and major research medical centers. Current investments include Skorpios, FibeRio, xF Technologies (formerly Incitor), Respira, Trilumina, Masterson and Exagen. Dave received his MBA at the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University.

Chris StoneChris Stone
Managing Director, EPIC Ventures

Chris Stone brings over 29 years of public and private technology company operational and entrepreneurial experience from engineering to executive management. Prior to joining EPIC Ventures as a Managing Director, Chris was CEO of SiCortex, makers of the world’s most energy-efficient high performance Linux computers. Prior to SiCortex, he was CEO of StreamServe (acquired by Open Text), a European-based document management company ($70m revenue). Chris is a director of iovation Software, BrightTag, Adaptive Computing, Ingeo Systems, Dotgo, Cloudveil Mountain Works and an Observer on investments in Joyent, Inc. He serves on philanthropic boards. Chris has a B.S in Computer Science from the University of New Hampshire and an AMP/M.B.A from Harvard Business School.


Todd HandTodd Hand
Managing Partner, TalentBench

Todd is a CVF Board member since 2006, and is the Managing Director of TalentBench, a division of BSG Team Ventures, a Boston-based executive search firm. Previously, Todd held operating roles as VP of Sales & Marketing at Altela and COO at CleanSwitch Solar. He also raised venture capital financing for an executive search firm where he recruited leaders to drive the success of innovative technology companies. Previously, Todd built management teams for Idealab, a creator and operator of technology companies. He moved there from the Yankee Group, the global technology market research firm. Todd has been published as a guest writer for NetworkWorld. He is a graduate of Penn State and attended the Babson MBA program before leaving early to start his own company. He is also a two-time Ironman finisher.

Date: Thursday, October 17, 2013
Time: 6-8 pm 
Venue: Eldorado Hotel
309 West San Francisco Street
Santa Fe, NM 87501
Cost: $22.50 in advance (credit card payments); $25 at the door (cash and check only).

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