2018 Best Tech Startups in New Mexico

The Tech Tribune staff has compiled the very best tech startups in New Mexico. In doing our research, we considered several factors including but not limited to:

  1. Revenue potential
  2. Leadership team
  3. Brand/product traction
  4. Competitive landscape

Additionally, all companies must be independent (unacquired), privately owned, at most 10 years old, and have received at least one round of funding in order to qualify.

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1. Descartes Labs

Descartes Labs

Founded: 2014

“Descartes Labs is building a data refinery for satellite imagery.”

2. Meow Wolf

Meow Wolf

Founded: 2008

“Meow Wolf is forging new territory in location-based experiential entertainment, leveraging its wildfire popularity – and creative capacity – to develop new IP and maximize revenue potential through our Direct-to-Consumer platform.

Immersive Experiences – Our flagship attraction in Santa Fe has attracted over 1M visitors, through word-of-mouth and rave online reviews. Meow Wolf plans to expand into 10+ locations by 2023 in parallel with significant growth in digital entertainment that will bring the Meow Wolf experience to fans world-wide.”

3. Lavu

Lavu Inc.

Founded: 2010

Also honored in: 2018 Best Tech Startups in Albuquerque

“Lavu Inc. was formed around the idea of using technology to create products that improve the lives of small business owners. Our cloud-based iPad point of sale system offers all the functionality of a traditional system, with all the customizability and flexibility modern technology provides.

We also care about the quality of our employee’s lives, which is why we provide daily lunches, convenient work hours, and an all around exciting environment to work.”

4. RiskSense


Founded: 2015

Also honored in: 2018 Best Tech Startups in Albuquerque

“RiskSense, Inc., is the pioneer and market leader in pro-active cyber risk management. The company enables enterprises and governments to reveal cyber risk, quickly orchestrate remediation, and monitor the results. This is done by unifying and contextualizing internal security intelligence, external threat data, and business criticality across a growing attack surface.

The company’s Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) platform transforms cyber risk management into a more pro-active, collaborative, and real-time discipline. The RiskSense Platform™ embodies the expertise and intimate knowledge gained from real world experience in defending critical networks from the world’s most dangerous cyber adversaries. As part of a team that collaborated with the U.S. Department of Defense and U.S. Intelligence Community, RiskSense founders developed Computational Analysis of Cyber Terrorism against the U.S. (CACTUS), Support Vectors Intrusion Detection, Behavior Risk Analysis of Vicious Executables (BRAVE), and the Strike Team Program.”

5. Twistle


Founded: 2011

Also honored in: 2018 Best Tech Startups in Albuquerque

“Twistle is a pathway automation tool that delivers the right message at the right time, keeping patients on track. It’s configurable, easy to use, and secure.

Our “Care Plan Automation” platform helps clinical teams streamline care pathways by automating follow-up and surveillance — all while delivering an incredible patient experience. Our mobile health tool connects providers and patients through secure automated messaging, photo/lab sharing, surveys, smart device/EHR integration and more.”

6. APPCityLife®, Inc.

APPCityLife®, Inc.

Founded: 2009

Also honored in: 2018 Best Tech Startups in Albuquerque

“APPCityLife®, Inc., connects people with cities through a complete end-to-end mobile and cloud platform where cities, developers, civic hackers, nonprofits, schools and enterprise can publish robust mobile apps and chatbots with seamless Open Data integration and normalization. The CityLife® platform is powerful enough to support rapid prototyping for experienced coders and developers while also being easily accessible to those without any previous coding experience. APPCityLife empowers individuals to create solutions and develop mobile apps which address barriers to access and remove friction from interactions which they’ve identified within their own community. Our mobile app templates are fully native and open source to quickly share solutions between agencies and cities. Our team supports STEM education initiatives from early education to higher education; we partner with schools, continuing education programs, STEM-focused groups, and adult education institutions.”

7. BabyPage


Founded: 2015

Also honored in: 2018 Best Tech Startups in Albuquerque

“BabyPage helps busy parents create beautiful, modern baby books. Through our guided page creation process, we deliver a step-by-step experience and ask the parent a handful of questions depicted by the child’s age. With our natural language algorithm, we populate a page within their book for that specific milestone. The parent picks a design to frame the page, tweeks a handful of settings to personalize it, and saves it. Once the book has enough pages, they can purchase various types of printed books or digital versions.”

8. AdWallet


Founded: 2017

“AdWallet is a free app (available for download August 1st) that pays its users $.50 every time they watch a TV ad (and prove they’ve watched it). AdWallet also pays them an additional $.25 when they share it on social media.

AdWallet enables advertisers to finally:

  • Be 100% certain their ad was seen by their key target audience.
  • Be 100% certain their target audience paid full attention to the ad.
  • Be 100% certain when they download an offer, link or information.
  • Be 100% certain when the offer was redeemed in their store.”

9. innoBright Technologies

innoBright Technologies

Founded: 2014

“Our universal render denoiser platform, seamlessly integrates into all Monte Carlo based rendering packages on the market. It combines some of the world’s best rendering algorithms to provide performance improvement while demanding minimal configuration and learning from the animation artists.”