David Blivin


David Blivin is a founder and managing director of Cottonwood Technology Fund (CTF). CTF is a seed and pre-seed stage venture capital fund focused on the Rio Grande Technology Corridor, and on identifying and supporting compelling emerging technology companies based in the region.  He will speak on Wednesday, Oct. 13, at noon in the Student Union Building, Acoma A & B rooms.  The title of his lecture is "Venture Capital 101 – Myth vs. Reality."

This presentation will cover the basics of raising venture capital.  Blivin will discuss when venture capital is not the right answer, how it works and clarify typical misconceptions.

Blivin is Managing Director of Cottonwood Technology Group (CTG). CTG is focused on supporting and creating programs and the ecosystem related to successful technology commercialization in Los Alamos and throughout New Mexico.

Prior to founding the Cottonwood entities Blivin had a long and successful investment and entrepreneurial career. He founded and served as Managing Director of Southeast Interactive where over a five-year period he successfully built the team that established the first and largest information technology-focused fund based in the Southeast.  During his tenure, Southeast Interactive raised three funds totaling over $175 million.  He was directly involved in fund raising and exit transaction events totaling in excess of $1 billion across the portfolio and generated cash-on-cash returns on his directed investments of over 4X.

Before founding Southeast Interactive, Blivin served as the chief financial officer of Montrose Capital Corporation, a merchant-banking firm that formed and managed over 20 limited partnerships representing in excess of $100 million in equity and $350 million in total capitalization. Prior to joining Montrose Capital Corporation, he worked as a Senior Auditor with Arthur Andersen LLP where he audited several companies in the technology and communications fields. 

Blivin has also participated on numerous boards of directors including The Pantry (nasdaq-PTRY), Opensite (sold to Siebel), Accipiter (sold to CMGI), Nitronex, Channelogics (sold to Scientific Atlanta) and Buildnet.  He is an MBA graduate of the Duke University Fuqua School of Business.

Blivin's talk is part of the STC.UNM fall lecture series.  It is free and the public is welcome, but registration is required.  Box lunches will be provided.  To register, contact Denise Bissell at (505) 272-7310 or dbissell@stc.unm.edu

Media contact: Karen Wentworth (505) 277-5627; e-mail: kwent2@unm.edu