According to Cybercast news, the FBI predicts Cyber-attacks on the nation’s private sector and government networks are expected to “grow exponentially” and will continue to pose a serious threat to privacy, security and the U.S. economy for the foreseeable future. Why should you care about a Cyber Attack? Mark Fidel of  CAaNES will present a case study that goes over the anatomy of a cyber-attack. Mark will then lead a panel featuring companies and experts in the cyber security field in New Mexico to discuss the trends of the industry and how this affects startup companies.



Mark FidelMark Fidel
President, CAaNES

Mark Fidel, one of CAaNES’ owners, currently serves as its President and is an attorney licensed to practice in New Mexico. Mark is a former litigator who founded Applied Records Management in 2004. ARM is a records management and litigation support consulting firm. He worked for the Intel Corporation as a capital analyst in a small manufacturing division, where he worked closely with the engineering staff to develop solutions to manufacturing bottlenecks, and as a senior financial analyst specializing in fixed asset and expense accounting with responsibilities to Intel’s worldwide accounting operations.

Mark was admitted to the New Mexico Bar in 2002 and became an associate at one of New Mexico’s largest law firms, Modrall Sperling, where he specialized in commercial litigation. Mark holds a Bachelor of Arts and Economics degree with a major in Finance from New Mexico State University. He earned an Executive MBA from the University of New Mexico and his law degree from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.

Srinivas MukkamalaSrinivas Mukkamala, Ph.D.

Dr. Mukkamala is the chief security strategist and chief technology officer of CAaNES and is also a Senior Research Scientist with ICASA (Institute for Complex Additive Systems Analysis). ICASA is a statutory research division of New Mexico Tech performing work on information technology, information assurance, and analysis and protection of critical infrastructures (as complex interdependent systems). Dr. Mukkamala has over 10 years of experience in Information Security and is one of the lead researchers for CACTUS (Computational Analysis of Cyber Terrorism against the US). He was a project lead for over 100 Security Posture and Vulnerability Assessments, Incident Response, and Digital Forensics projects in the last 3 years.

Dr. Mukkamala received his Bachelor of Engineering (B.E.) in Computer Science and Engineering from University of Madras, and worked as an intern at Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) before obtaining his M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science from New Mexico Tech.

Michael SmithMichael Smith
Associate Director and Program Manager, ICASA

Mr. Smith holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of New Mexico and a M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology and is in the process of completing his Program Management Professionals (PMP) certification. Mr. Smith has been the ICASA Program Manager and Technical Task Lead on several projects at ICASA for over six years. Mr. Smith has experience in the modeling and simulation of large-scale critical infrastructures systems, to include electric power (EP) systems, performing programming and scientific analysis in the MatLab environment, mathematical and scientific modeling, including paradigms such as hybrid-dynamical systems modeling.



Date: April 16, 2015
Time: 6-8 pm
Venue: Prairie Star Restaurant
288 Prairie Star Rd.
Bernalillo, NM 87004

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How does a company position itself for a successful exit? What kind of environment is needed to generate more successful exits in NM? The January Coronado Ventures Forum event will feature New Mexico companies that have successfully executed an exit. They will share their experiences and challenges throughout the exit process. The panel will also feature seasoned M&A advisors who have worked with numerous companies to prepare them for an exit. They will provide their perspective on the timing and the preparation of the acquisition process. 

Read the ABQ Journal article about the event»


Paul ButlerPaul W. Butler
COO, Lumidigm Inc.

Mr. Butler joined Lumidigm, a biometric solutions company that spun out of a medical imaging business, in 2006 and became its Chief Operating Officer in 2008. Lumidigm was successfully sold to ASSA ABLOYs HID Global Business unit in February 2014. Mr. Butler recently became the general manager of the HID Global Biometrics Business unit and is responsible for maximizing revenue, growth and profitability of the business. In 2014 he successfully integrated the Lumidigm Business into HID global while driving 62% revenue growth.

Mr. Butler received a BSEE in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Arizona State University.

Dave DuvalDave Duval
Claiborne Advisors, Inc.

Dave focuses his investment banking practice on Southwestern manufacturing companies that are considering a possible sale. Typically, those transactions need the tight focus of an experienced, Wall Street partner-level investment banker but are too small to receive the proper attention from a major firm. Early in the process, Dave seeks to maximize the value of each client, both through operating improvements and enhancing its perception in the market.

Dave’s New Mexican roots go back to the year he left Wall Street and now include family, Wall Street colleagues, a rowing partner and many friends.

Bill VanDeWegheBill VanDeWeghe
Managing Director, RA Capital Advisors

Bill joined RA Capital in January 2006. Bill heads the firm’s defense industry team developing strategies for clients and executing all facets of M&A transactions and financings. Bill was previously a shareholder with a law firm, Klinedinst PC. During the 15 years that he practiced law, Bill worked with a broad variety of corporations throughout southern California, advising executives and business leaders on numerous issues involving their companies. Bill has a deep understanding of the challenges service providers and manufacturers face relating to contract disputes, product liability issues, partnership conflicts and overall business operations.

Bill is a member of several defense-related industry groups, and is an FINRA-registered securities representative.


Todd HandTodd Hand
Managing Partner, TalentBench

Todd 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.

Event Details

Date: January 22, 2015
Time: 6-8 pm
Venue: Prairie Star Restaurant
288 Prairie Star Rd.
Bernalillo, NM 87004

Event Sponsor
Claiborne Advisors

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The Coronado Ventures Forum will host its annual funding focused event on October 16th at 6 pm at the Albuquerque Balloon Museum.


The event will feature a panel discussion on startup funding options in New Mexico and will include panelists representing venture capital funds, both local and out of state, and other sources of funding for startups.

This is CVF’s signature event of the year and provides a terrific networking opportunity for entrepreneurs, investors and others in the entrepreneurial community.


Dalton WrightDalton Wright
Kickstart Seed Fund

Dalton initially gained a passion and ability for seed investing as Kickstart’s first associate in 2008. During that time he helped establish Kickstart’s investment process and reputation for outstanding due diligence while supporting several of its initial investments. Dalton has since returned as a partner in the fund.

From 2009 to 2012, Dalton pursued an entrepreneurial opportunity in Latin America and joined two partners to raise $70M for Mexico’s first early-stage venture fund, Alta Ventures Mexico. After closing, he guided the launch of the fund’s seed investment practice.

After helping launch Alta Ventures, Dalton chose to pursue a long-held goal of attaining a world-class graduate degree. He enrolled at the University of Pennsylvania where he pursued a Masters of Business Administration from the Wharton School and a Masters of International Studies (Latin America and Spanish focus) from the Lauder Institute. While there he spent his summer supporting a team of researchers at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and helped raise $7M to build a clinical data research network that is now under construction. His previous education includes a B.A. in Finance, summa cum laude, from the University of Utah.

Bill BiceBill Bice
ABQid and Verge Fund

Bill is a serial Southwest entrepreneur and founding partner of Verge Fund. Bill started his entrepreneurial career while in college, founding ProLaw Software. ProLaw appeared on the Inc. 500 ranking of the fastest growing companies in the country three years in a row. Bill and his team sold ProLaw to the West division of Thomson Rueters, where Bill joined the management team and created the West km division.

Joining the founding team at Verge was Bill’s route to return to startups. Verge is a highly motivated venture capital fund that invests in seed-stage, high-growth ventures in the Southwest. Bill focuses on helping founding teams build successful startups. Bill is actively involved in some of the hottest startups in New Mexico, including BoomTime, Exemplify, AttachedApps, Nuvita and SportXast.

Shandra ClowShandra Clow
Los Alamos National Laboratory, Venture Acceleration Fund

Shandra Clow is a Regional Development Executive within the Development Office at the Technology Transfer Division of Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). Since beginning with LANL full-time in 2001, she has been a part of a broad range of programs focused on regional economic development and technology transfer. Ms. Clow currently oversees the MBA Summer Internship Program where she recruits MBA students to provide business development expertise to entrepreneurs and LANL inventors. She also oversees the LANL-internal Technology Maturation Fund that provides funding to researchers to further develop technology with commercial potential. Ms. Clow is also a part of the Northern New Mexico Connect Initiative and is the Program Manager for Networking and Education Events. Through this program, she helps create and promote networking events to the entrepreneurial community in New Mexico.

Ms. Clow earned both a Bachelors of Business Administration in Marketing and Executive MBA from New Mexico State University. Ms. Clow was recognized in 2010 as one of New Mexico Technology Council’s Women in Technology. She also received a Distinguished Mentor Award from LANL in 2011.

Katie RiceKatie Rice
Epic Ventures

Katie Szczepaniak Rice heads the New Mexico office for Epic Ventures, a technology venture capital fund headquartered in Salt Lake City, UT. Katie focuses on new investments in software and technology, and she is on the boards of Lavu Inc., DOTGO and Figaro. Prior to joining Epic, Katie was a strategic market analyst at Cabot Corporation. Before Cabot, Katie was a consultant with Kline & Co., a management consulting firm serving Fortune 100 companies as well as emerging businesses. Before Kline, Katie was a field engineer in the energy sector for Schlumberger in France.

Katie is the president of the Coronado Ventures Forum, and she has advisory and board positions with several industry and community organizations including ABQid, WESST, NMVCA, and the LANL Venture Acceleration Fund. Katie has taught a class in technology entrepreneurship at UNM’s Anderson School of Business, and she was selected as a New Mexico “40 Under Forty” business leader in 2013.

Katie holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Materials Science & Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and an MBA from the University of Chicago.

John ChavezJohn Chavez
New Mexico Angels

Mr. Chavez is the President of the New Mexico Angels, President since 2008, he has been an active angel investor since 2003. Mr. Chavez is also the Managing Director of Phase One Ventures, a start-up fund out of Santa Fe, NM. Mr. Chavez is also the Managing Director of the New Mexico Start Up Factory LLC, a company created to start new companies using technology from NM Angels technology partners. The New Mexico Start Up Factory has created Dynamic Photonics Inc., Ecopesticides International Inc., Aqua Culture Solutions Inc., and exoVita Biosciences Inc. Mr. Chavez also started Zocere Inc., and co-founded Lotus Leaf Coatings Inc.

Previous, Mr. Chavez was appointed Cabinet Secretary of the Taxation and Revenue Department by New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson. During his six year tenure as Tax Secretary he also served as the President of the Federation of Taxation Administrators for one year.

Mr. Chavez received the following degrees from New Mexico State University: Master of Business Administration; Bachelor of Art in Economics; Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance


Travis KellermanTravis Kellerman

Travis is currently the Co-Founder and CEO of Bandojo, which seeks to musically empower the disability, education, and general consumer communities through data musification and music creation technology. He worked extensively in the world of politics and organizational startups before joining the early core team of Lavu Inc, a successful ABQ-based startup, and continuing through a high growth phase in many capacities. His past government and political experience varied from campaign management and public policy to non-profit startups and multi-body lobbying on many levels. He has filled a number of executive management roles ranging from corporate strategy and international business development to branding, public relations, and high-level operations.

In addition to an active PR, software, and tech business consultancy, Travis specializes in early stage startup advisement. Current adventures include the space of international payments, solar energy site-mapping and permitting, improving the group travel experience, predictive data technology for congressional policy and lobbying, and smart packages for transportation infrastructure with fresh algorithms, software, and talented humans.

Date: Thursday, October 16, 2014
Time: 6-8 pm
Venue: Albuquerque Balloon Museum

9201 Balloon Museum Dr NE

Albuquerque, NM 87113
Cost: $22.50 in advance (credit card payments);
$25 at the door (cash and check only).
Event Hashtag: #cvfnm

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Join us for a networking luncheon for entrepreneurs, service providers, angel investors and investors to have an opportunity to meet out-of-state venture capitalists and engage in informal conversations about funding opportunities within our region. The event will include a panel of seasoned venture capitalists, great networking and a buffet lunch.

Members of our VC Panel include:

  • Brian Armstrong, CO, Point B Capital
  • Brian Burns, AZ, Grayhawk Capital
  • Bruce Dines, CO, Liberty Global
  • Chris Marks, CO, Tango/High Country Ventures
  • Ari Newman, CO, TechStars
  • Ryan Pollock, CO, Irongate Capital
  • Peter Roshko, CO, Boulder Ventures
  • Brandon Tidwell, UT, Signal Peak Ventures
  • Brian Wallace, CO, Access Venture Partners
  • Alison Wistner, UT, Mercator Partners
  • Moderator: Brian Birk, NM, Sun Mountain Capital

Date: August 28, 2014
Time: 11:30 am- 1:30 pm
Venue: Albuquerque Balloon Museum
9201 Balloon Museum Dr NE
Albuquerque, NM 87113
Tickets: $25 per guest
Register Now»


Event Supporters

City of Albuquerque

Event Partners

Rocky Mountain Venture Capital
Coronado Ventures Forum

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Crowdfunding is easily the most successful new fundraising strategy of the 21st century, but can it move beyond its t-shirts and widgets background to become a serious fundraising vehicle?

CVF has teamed up with MIX Santa Fe to conduct a live crowdfunding event—MIX Starter powered by Coronado Ventures Forum—that will feature representatives from 10 New Mexico-based crowdfunding projects ready to talk about their projects and accept contributions. Unlike most CVF events, there will be no admission cost for the July event; instead, all participants are encouraged to contribute a minimum of $25 towards one or more of the hand-selected projects in attendance.


There is no denying that crowdfunding is exploding in popularity with global crowdfunding volume doubling every year since 2009 and exceeding $2.7 billion in 2012. Crowdfunding has also shown its heft with the top 5 KickerStarter campaigns having raised a combined $32 million. To talk about current trends and upcoming equity options, CVF is proud to present our keynote speaker, Jonathan Sandlund–founder and editor of, a top crowdfunding news aggregation site.

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Jonathan Sandlund

Jonathan Sandlund is founder of, a leading provider of research and data on the global investment crowdfunding industry, and, a social platform being developed to grow small business and startup communities. Previously, Jonathan worked in institutional investing and investment banking, where his experience with the inefficiencies of the private capital markets motivated him to start TheCrowdCafe.

So please come and join us for an evening of education, participation, and cocktails in Santa Fe. The keynote address will kick off promptly at 6 pm and we are expecting a larger crowd, so please be early—the networking and banter should be even better than usual. We believe this is the first time that this type of event has been attempted in New Mexico, so please come and help us make it a success.

Date: Thursday, July 17, 2014
Time: starts at 6 pm sharp 
Venue: Gerald Peters Gallery
1011 Paseo De Peralta
Santa Fe, NM 87501
Parking: Parking is available at the Gerald Peters Gallery, at Santa Fe Properties across the street and at the large lot by the PERA building. A security guard will be directing traffic.
Cost: Registration is FREE, but please contribute at least $25 to fund a project.
Space is limited! Registration is encouraged!

A Coronado Ventures Forum joint event with MIX Santa Fe

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Coronado Ventures Forum is proud to support Startup Weekend Albuquerque, April 25-27, 2014. Join the global startup movement, meet co-founders and transform your ideas into a viable new venture in a fun, intense 54-hour weekend.

 Albuquerque Startup Weekend
Location: Smith Brasher Hall, CNM
Twitter: @StartupABQ

What is a Startup Weekend?

Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered community leaders, and entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. The non-profit organization is headquartered out of Seattle, Washington but Startup Weekend Organizers and Facilitators can be found in hundreds of cities around the world. Startup Weekends consist of weekend-long, hands-on experiences where entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs can find out if startup ideas are viable. 

Beginning with open mic pitches on Friday, attendees bring their best ideas and inspire others to join their team. Over Saturday and Sunday teams focus on customer development, validating their ideas, practicing LEAN Startup Methodologies and building a minimal viable product. On Sunday afternoon teams demo their prototypes and receive valuable feedback from a panel of experts.

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