Our Team

Dave Blivin – Managing Partner

David BlivinDave has extensive experience working with national labs and research universities in NM at the leadership and research heads levels. Prior to co-founding Cottonwood Technology Fund, Dave founded and served as Managing Director of Southeast Interactive, the first and largest information technology-focused fund based in the Southeast. While at Southeast Interactive Dave helped raise 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 approximately 4X. Dave molds a MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. Dave enjoys the outdoors of Northern NM, golfing and spending time with his family.

Beto Pallares – Managing Partner

Beto PallaresBeto's professional experience spans working for top-tier strategy consulting firms, co-founding start-ups, internationalbusiness development, nonprofit management, fund-of-funds, venture capital and military service.  He serves on several corporate and nonprofit boards.  He is also an advisor to the UT Horizon Fund, the venture capital investment fund of the University of Texas System, and serves on the limited partnership advisory committees of several venture funds.  Beto graduated from Brandeis University, in Waltham, MA, with a degree in economics, and received his MBA from The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP).  He also went on to attain a Ph.D. in International Business from UTEP.  His research has focused on confluence of high tech emerging market firms, incubators and technology commercialization.  Dr. Pallares is married, and enjoys fatherhood.  When not watching his kids while his wife, a professional photographer, is on assignment, he engages in reading, writing and community service, including service in Rotary International and Gideons International.