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Mary Schmidt Business Builder & Renovator


My History

A New Mexico native, I grew up learning entrepreneurship up close and personal, since my parents were successful entrepreneurs. Then, after working my way through college, I learned my own lessons, in both large corporations and start-ups. After traveling extensively and working in Boston, London, Dallas, New York City, Philadelphia, Silicon Valley, and Austin, I came home to the Land of Enchantment in 2001.

Name it and I've probably done it. From finance to product development and management. In my corporate career, I held HQ staff and executive positions in several global technology companies, including Verizon, Unisys and NEC. I've led international teams of up to 75 people, managed third-party alliances, and held $30+million in P&L responsibility. My last "real job" was Director of Alliance Management for a technology services start-up where I was responsible for negotiating and managing channel agreements with companies such as Hewlett-Packard and Cisco.

As a consultant, I've worked with a wide range of clients, from sole proprietor artisans to technology giants. Results include: A successful IPO for a DVD firmware company; clarification of marketing focus for a VSaaS entrepreneur; personally identifying, qualifying and closing the second "name" customer for a health/medical software start-up; two record-setting fundraisers for Albuquerque Habitat for Humanity...and much more. I've also served as an advisor for the annual TVC (Technology Venture Corporation) symposium, working with a range of technology clients to translate ideas into fundable (and marketable) reality.

A former pre-med and social work major, I never got “do gooding” out of my system. I work with select nonprofit clients, such as The Loan Fund (NM’s largest and oldest community lender) and Habitat for Humanity, to leave the world a little better than I found it. I’m a past president of AIBA (Albuquerque Independent Business Alliance) and have served on numerous boards, including the YWCA of the Middle Rio Grande and the NM Entrepreneurs’ Association.


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  • 2001 – Present Mary Schmidt, Business Builder & Renovator
  • From StartUps to Sustainability


  • Association of Support Professionals (ASP)
  • New Mexico Technology Council
  • New Mexico Trusted Advisors (An invitation-only association of professionals who work with C-level clients)
  • Corporate Career Highlights

    • Director, Alliance Management
      T-Manage, Inc. (Telemgmt, start-up, capital raise of $60M)
    • Director of Worldwide Help Desk Services
      Global Customer Service, Unisys
    • Director of Marketing Neoware Systems (first thin client)
    • Director of Market Planning
      Bell Atlantic Business Systems Services

    Consulting Clients (1999 – Present)

    • Hewlett-Packard
      Greater Albuquerque Habitat for Humanity
      The Loan Fund
      New Mexico Community Capital
      Solaria (Solar Energy)
      Power Factors (Alternative Energy Development)
    • Pro-Bono Advisor - Annual TVC Equity Capital Symposium

    Community Support

    Start-Up Sanity Check for B2B Tech Ventures

    Got a great idea? Are people telling you it’s crazy? Good! You’ve got to be a little insane to take that start-up leap – rather it’s out of your garage, the lab or a day job. I'll help you decide where and when to leap (and what to do when you land).

    Investment: $500.00 (Why do I call it an investment? Two reasons: 1. If you’re willing to pay, that tells me you’re serious. 2. When you pay for advice, you’re more likely to value and use it.)

    Drop me a line and we’ll see if we’re a good fit. If I can't help you, I’ll tell you (and if possible, tell you who can.)

    Got funding? I work with one to three start-ups a year, on retainer (minimum of three months, maximum one year).

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    If one of the self-anointed experts contacts you, pitching magical thinking, ask:

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