Dr. Beto Pallares

Keynote Speaker: Becoming Who You Are Meant to Be

Abstract: Beto Pallares takes you on a walk through seemingly random events that when weaved together, make up the journey you are meant to be on. From childhood play to career aspiration, from home to distant places, he teases out what matters in becoming who you are. It doesn’t matter if you’re an artist, a student, an entrepreneur, or a mix of the three, your journey is unique worth celebrating.

Ebetuel (Beto) Pallares was born in Cd. Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico and raised in El Paso, TX.  He began his career as a management consultant focused primarily on the telecom industry. He’s also been a

  • start-up entrepreneur
  • telecom executive
  • restaurateur
  • nonprofit director
  • venture capitalist,
  • professor.


Beto’s investment expertise is in seed and early-stage venture investments, as well as venture fund creation. He currently advises a family office on fund commitments and direct investments into private operating companies and is the general partner/fund manager of two funds. 

Beto enjoys being involved in entrepreneurial transformation, particularly in the Borderplex region where he incorporates best-in-class mentorship, tech tools, and resources for start-up founders and aspiring investors.

He teaches entrepreneurship and strategic management at New Mexico State University where he holds the Bill and Sharron Sheriff Endowed Chair in Entrepreneurship.  Beto is a Kauffman Fellow and a Presidio Fellow and over the years has served on the board of over two dozen private companies.  He also serves on the board of Exagen, Inc. (NASDAQ: XGN).  Beto holds a Ph.D. in International Business Strategy from the University of Texas at El Paso, in addition to an MBA. He received a B.A. in economics from Brandeis University.  Beto frequently lectures internationally on topics ranging from tech ecosystem development and start-up mentorship.

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