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This is the ABQ Business Podcast with your host Jason Rigby. Each week we interview leading business leaders to inspire the vision and the spirit that is in every entrepreneur. We discuss strengths, weakness, strategies, systems and the problems we can all solve together to fulfill a shared vision of a new future for ABQ Business.Amazing Guest this week Drew Tulchin we discussed all things start-up, and what it takes for a business to be successful in New Mexico. We also got into some projects Drew is working on now.
Drew Tulchin, Founder, defines his career making new ideas reality. Drew brings more than 25 years of experience overcoming “The Doubting Thomases” to build lasting organizations and achieve successful results. Drew’s professional experience spans the for-profit, non-profit, public & philanthropic sectors. Drew recently finished three years with Meow Wolf, a B Corp start-up based in Santa Fe, NM that creates immersive arts experiences to wow, where his efforts led to raising more than $100 million in investment over three years, purchase of a new headquarters, and growth from 50 people to more than 400.
He has helped launch more than 15 start-ups with numerous legal structures. His work has generated more than $300 million for triple bottom line efforts. Consulting has taken him across New Mexico, the U.S., to Native American nations, and more than 40 countries. He has contributed to 100 + socially entrepreneurial business plans. Prisma Microfinance’s co-written plan was a Global Social Venture Competition award winner, published, and used to raise $1.2 million in private equity capital.
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He was Director of a U.S. microfinance organization, the CDFI called ECDC/Enterprise Development Group, serving immigrants and low-income people in Greater Washington, DC. He served as Program Officer for Grameen Foundation as its founding staff person of the Capital Markets Group.
Previous experience includes a Bluetooth wireless firm, socially responsible businesses, and an environmental NGO. He began his career in National Community Service, as a VISTA (US domestic equivalent of the Peace Corps) and an AmeriCorps Team Leader in Oakland, California. Drew completed his MBA from the University of Washington in Seattle. He finished his BA, Cum Laude, in History and International Relations from Washington University in St. Louis. His studies included a year abroad at Sussex University, UK.
Drew values volunteerism. He serves on the Board of WESST in New Mexico. He is a Member of the Serve New Mexico Commission. He is an Advisor to Pueblo of Acoma Business Enterprises. He is a member of Social Venture Network. and Lifetime Member of Net Impact. In his free time, Drew plays ultimate Frisbee anywhere he can, is learning tennis, hikes to get lost, eats food he doesn’t recognize, and enjoys bad puns more than he should.
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