Merridith Ingram, Co-founder/Co-editor
Merridith is a former Dow Jones journalist and communications veteran who, over her 18-year career, has developed successful communications campaigns for clients that include Microsoft, the Internet Society, the Internet Hall of Fame, Intuit, Capital One, and Philips, as well as numerous startups. In addition to co-founding Silicon66, she is a co-founder of 66 + Co, an integrated communications marketing firm based in Santa Fe with offices in San Francisco and New York, and is laying the groundwork for her third startup (stay tuned). She relocated to New Mexico – where she spent her childhood summers – in August 2015, after 20 years in New York, but hails originally from Oklahoma. She got her start in journalism working for the Oklahoma Gazette and an Oklahoma startup called Indepth Data, where she covered bankruptcy and the bond market. You can follow her on Twitter @merridithingram.
Robert Ingram, Co-founder/Co-editor
Rob is a 20-year media relations veteran who works regularly with national business and technology trade press. Silicon66 is his third startup: he’s a co-founder of Santa Fe-based integrated communications marketing firm 66 + Co and established the North American division of Gorkana, a global media database bought by Cision in 2014. Before he ventured out on his own, he led corporate communications for Bank of America/Europe and Asia out of London; advised financial services clients for Edelman; supported the Banking/Sovereign and Corporate divisions at Moody’s Investors Service; and secured financial publicity for startups at Morgen-Walke (now FTI Consulting). Originally from Oklahoma, he began his career covering the capital markets, first for Indepth Data and then Dow Jones. He recently relocated from New York to Santa Fe with his wife, Merridith, and their three children. You can follow him @rob_w_ingram.
Eric Debelak, Co-founder/Digital Strategist & Webmaster
Eric is a web developer and digital strategist who co-founded his Albuquerque firm, 11 Online, after meeting partner Joshua Garcia at one of the first Deep Dive Coding Bootcamps in Albuquerque. Since then, the firm has built websites for numerous startups and others in the New Mexico tech community, including the New Mexico Technology Council and Albuquerque’s Catalyst Week. Dedicated to giving back to the ecosystem that gave him his start, Eric also teaches at the Albuquerque chapter of Girl Develop It, a national non-profit that helps women learn software and web development. Silicon66 is an extension of this commitment to foster the ecosystem’s growth. He got an early education in entrepreneurship: before starting 11 Online, he provided product development and marketing support for ventures of his father’s, serial entrepreneur, author and Entrepreneur columnist Don Debelak. He moved to Albuquerque with his wife, Liza, in 2011.
Joshua T. Garcia, Co-founder/Digital Strategist & Webmaster
Web developer, digital strategist and 11 Online co-founder Josh Garcia is a startup junkie who has participated in the launch of over half a dozen startups and lean ventures since 2008. Josh has been a champion of the Albuquerque innovation ecosystem since returning to the city in 2013 after attending Gonzaga University in Washington State, where he majored in philosophy but discovered his true passion: coding. Charting a course down this path, he enrolled in the Deep Dive Coding Bootcamp in Albuquerque, where he joined forces with Eric Debelak to found 11 Online. He also participated in one of the ABQid accelerator’s earliest cohorts to explore the viability of a New Mexico state equity crowd-funding platform, Raised, and was a founding supporter of Catalyst Week, a two-weekend Albuquerque-based program designed to fuel new business ideas. He’s now a web development instructor for the Albuquerque chapter of Girl Develop It. He and his wife Suzanna are Albuquerque natives.
Bob Belinoff, Co-founder/Creative Director
A Madison Avenue veteran, Bob threw away his grey flannel when he moved to Albuquerque in 1987. He’s a frequently published writer and award-winning filmmaker, and has been nominated five times for the prestigious “Freddie” Awards,” the International Health and Medical Media Awards. He received best in category, against CNN and ABC News, for a 2003 film about domestic violence. He is the recipient of numerous, “Addy,” “Telly,” Regional Emmy and Vision Awards. Early in his career Bob was the Director of Consumer Healthcare at J. Walter Thompson, NYC, at that time the largest advertising agency in the world. He founded Belinoff & Bagley Advertising in Albuquerque in 1987 and started the Digital WkShop there in 1999; the firm later maintained a satellite office in Los Angeles. Bob graduated from the University of Illinois with a Masters Degree in Journalism and Communication in 1968. He was born in Chicago and lives with his wife, Julie Deife, in Corrales, along with two cats, four skis and two bikes.