To you, what is an Ecosystem Builder?

Someone that focuses using their personal identity on representing and growing a local industry.

What motivates you as an ecosystem builder?

I just want to do build cool things so a thriving and inclusive ecosystem is required to do that.

What is the most successful/impactful program/event/thing you do/have done in your ecosystem?

We killed the perception that “New Mexico doesn’t have tech talent.” Now I’m working on working on the taboo that startups don’t work here in New Mexico.

What is the biggest challenge you face as an Ecosystem Builder?


What is your biggest frustration as an ecosystem builder?

People not really collaborating, just words no action.

What ecosystem building skill/knowledge do you want to gain?

I would like to talk with other cities that heavily rely on city governance participation.

What are the most important things that need to happen to advance the field of ecosystem building?

Successful tech startups, home grown.

What others are saying about Dan

Dan Heron is a tireless advocate for grassroots community building in the local tech sector. His work with CNM Ingenuity has helped entrepreneurs connect with each other as well as reach their objectives. He also spends time in Mexico City, helping to build a bridge of economic prosperity between New Mexico and Old Mexico. Whenever I mention Dan’s name when I am out and about, people usually know who he is and have great things to say about him. I would like to see Dan publicly recognized for his important work in New Mexico. Though he came here from Austin a few years ago, he has quickly become an important part of the Albuquerque tech and business ecosystem.


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Anika Horn

Anika Horn is an ecosystem builder for social change, social enterprise advisor and storyteller. She is on a mission to equip ecosystem builders with the insights, resources and community to lead fulfilling lives and purpose-driven careers. Learn more about her work at and