Anand Macherla on How to Build a Resilient Startup Ecosystem

To create an ecosystem that is thriving, it’s important that ecosystem builders work together with the local community. Everyone impacted should have a voice and be made aware of the shifts happening in their rural community. This week, episode 7 of Entrepreneurship on the RISE Podcast is about how to build a resilient startup ecosystem! 



In this episode of Entrepreneurship on the RISE Podcast, Jacob and Lauren, joined by their guest Anand Macherla are sharing the importance of finding other value sources in these ecosystems. They also discuss the underpinning value of ecosystem building. 



Anand Macherla

Anand Macherla

Anand Macherla is a 2018 Venture For America Fellow and works as a at

Originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico, Anand previously founded, and exited from, a startup working with artisans to share the cultural significance of their art and jewelry. He is the founder of the Refugee Youth Film Festival, a nonprofit teaching immigrant and refugee students cinematography and videography to help them craft their own narrative and showcase their perspectives on a city-wide platform.

Anand has a degree in Economics and International Management from the University of New Mexico. He seeks to have a career developing novel approaches to addressing global priorities, using entrepreneurship, data science and visualizations, and complexity science. In his free time, Anand enjoys pretending to be a chef by melting cheese on top of otherwise normal dishes. 

Key Takeaways

  • How growing up in New Mexico shaped his perspective on startups and ecosystems. 
  • Skillsets we should be passing on to younger generations to drive change. 
  • Setting the model for equitable ecosystems. 
  • The intersection of state policy, environmental protection, and opportunities for entrepreneurs.

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