Santa Clara University

Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

2015-16 CIE Entrepreneur Forum
Speaker Series

Welcome!  The Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship invites you to join us for our new CIE Entrepreneur Forum Speaker Seris.  This series addresses topics of interest to SCU student entrepreneurs and provides students with an opportunity to experience "the startup story" directly from alumni living it each day. 

The intimate format is designed for a greater connection with the speaker and provides ample opportunity for Q&A.  Registration is not required, all are welcome.  We hope to see you soon.

Fall Quarter 2015 Event Information:

Mondays, 8-9 pm, Lucas 107-Polycom Executive Classroom


9/28:Something Ventured Screening
Katie Taormino, SVB
Greg Moore, Fit3D
10/19:Michael Chertok, Digital Divide Data
:Abram Dawson, SV Angel
11/2:Nicole Ruccolo, StyleBar
Tony Pollace, Armored Mobility, Inc.
Brienne Ghafourifar, Entefy
Holiday –No Event
Keng, Stealth-Mode Startup

Learn More: 

something ventured

SOMETHING VENTURED tells the story of the creation of an industry that went on to become the single greatest engine of innovation and economic growth in the 20th century. It is told by the visionary risk-takers who dared to make it happen…Tom Perkins, Don Valentine, Arthur Rock, Dick Kramlich and others. The film also includes some of our finest entrepreneurs sharing how they worked with these venture capitalists to grow world-class companies like Intel, Apple, Cisco, Atari, Genentech, Tandem and others.


SVB Managing Director Katie Taormino will share the financial report on the Startup economy.  For more than 30 years, Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) has helped innovative companies and their investors move bold ideas forward, fast. SVB provides targeted financial services and expertise through its offices in innovation centers around the world. With commercial, international and private banking services, SVB helps address the unique needs of innovators.Forbesnamed SVB one of America’s best banks (2015) and one of America’s best-managed companies (2014).


Our Founder, Greg, was helping to support his mother as she was going through a weight loss program to get ready for her daughter's wedding.  Greg's mother was working with a great personal trainer and nutritionist to approach weight loss through healthy means.  Greg saw his mother every few months and was astonished by how much her body looks, shape, and measurements were changing, but unfortunately even more astonished by how demotivated his mother was because her weight was not decreasing.  She understood that her body was building lean muscle while shedding fat, but couldn't get over her lack of weight change.

Greg quickly realized that this is a problem that more than 217 million dieting Americans face every year.  He knew that the world needed a solution that would show all of the amazing progress that their bodies were making as they did the hard part by exercising the right way and more often and through healthier eating, but more importantly Greg knew that this solution needed to be in the hands of the thousands of trainers, nutritionists, and coaches that helped people like his mom reach her goals.  It was this realization that planted the Fit3D seed.


DDD delivers high-quality, competitively priced business process outsourcing (BPO) solutions to clients worldwide. At the same time, DDD’s innovative social model enables talent from underserved populations to access professional opportunities and earn lasting higher income, including youth from low-income families in developing countries, as well as military spouses and veterans in the USA. This model, established by DDD in 2001, is now called “Impact Sourcing.” DDD is recognized among leading commercial service providers in the Global Outsourcing 100--and also consistently ranked as one of the Top 100 NGOs in the world.

Michael Chertok is co-founder, former Board Chair and Chief Business Development Officer at DDD. 

Armored Mobility Incorporated's (AMI) objective is to design and manufacture innovative, cost effective threat management solutions for law enforcement and military personnel.

AMI's current product portfolio includes a variety of body armor, a multi-function shield and custom architectural and vehicle solutions.


SV Angel is a San Francisco-based angel firm.  We help startups with business development, financing, M&A and other strategic advice. 


Stylebar is an app that allows you to:

  • Partner with your dedicated stylist, manage the edited options, and get immediate feedback.
  • Collaborate with your stylist via in-app messenger to help you edit through all the fashion websites. You can save time and find pieces you actually love.
  • Based on your stylist's picks, create the look you like with a touch of a finger. Save your looks or send them to your stylist for their recommendation.
StyleBar CEO Nicole Ruccolo has worked in merchandising and sales management at Nordstrom, Bloomingdales, and David Bitton including sales specialization for French Connection and Max Studio.  Her expertise is in relationship management and retail business development.  She is an MBA candidate at Santa Clara University, in the heart of Silicon Valley.  Nicole recognized an opportunity in combining e-commerce with real live help from talented personal stylists and created Stylebar.


Entefy is a Palo Alto startup that is rewriting the code of communication. We’re building a pioneering technology that, for the first time ever, will allow people to access every meaningful connection in their lives through a single, people-centric experience.

Human beings thrive when they are able to communicate effectively with one another. Every great achievement of our civilization has depended on the ability to share what we know, think, and feel. Now more than ever, technology allows us to leverage this power to amazing heights. However, our conversations are muddled by noise and overload, with more than 66 trillion emails, 18 trillion IMs, and 10 trillion texts sent annually.

Taking notice of the chaos of this crowded digital ecosystem, siblings Alston and Brienne Ghafourifar decided that the average person had no single viable solution to harness their digital communications. Thus, the spirit of Entefy and the concept of ATUM (Adaptive Threading Universal Messenger) were born.

In compliance with the ADA/504 please direct your accommodation requests to: Linda Jenkins via email at at least 7 days prior to the event.



"The presence of a guest speaker on the campus of SCU does not necessarily imply approval or endorsement by the University of the views expressed by the guest speaker or by anyone else present at the event"