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Entrepreneur Forum Speaker Series

2019 Ciocca Center Entrepreneur Forum
Speaker Series

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.



All events take place at 7:30 pm in Lucas 107

Jeff Bradford
CEO Bradford Technologies
Jeff Bradford is the founder and CEO of Bradford Technologies, an innovative leader in valuation services for real estate appraisers. He has over 29 years of experience creating solutions for appraisers and is a nationally recognized expert in computer technology and analytics, as well as in the valuation field. Jeff is a featured speaker and moderator at mortgage conferences, and has authored articles covering a wide range of topics in the appraisal industry.

Jeff was awarded the prestigious Valuation Visionary award by the Collateral Risk Network in 2014 and in 2015 he was recognized as a Tech All-Star by Mortgage Banking magazine/ Mortgage Bankers Association. 

Bradford Technologies has been recognized as a Top 50 Service Provider or a Top 100 Most Innovative company in the mortgage industry every year since 2011. Most recently, the company was awarded the 2015 Innovation Award by Progress in Lending.

Today, Jeff is focused on developing interactive, cloud-based valuation tools for appraisers to produce more reliable appraisals, quickly and efficiently.

Jeff holds three master’s degrees: one in Engineering Mechanics from the University of Texas at Austin and a Computer Science and an MBA from Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, California. His undergraduate degree is in Mechanical Engineering from New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, New Mexico.
Prior to founding Bradford Technologies, Jeff worked at companies such as Apple Computer, Structural Dynamics Research and FMC Central Engineering Labs.
	Lokesh Sikaria (Moneta Ventures)
Lokesh Sikaria
Managing Partner Moneta Ventures

Lokesh Sikaria is the managing partner at Moneta Ventures. Prior to starting Moneta Ventures, Lokesh was the Founder CEO of Sparta Consulting, a global IT consulting firm. Sparta consulting focused on providing SAP technology solutions and services for corporations specializing in automotive, high tech, manufacturing and energy & utilities. Sparta grew to $100+M in revenue in just five short years and was acquired by KPIT Cummins. Before Sparta, Lokesh served as the Chief Operating Officer at Rapidigm, Inc. and managed more than $250+ million in annual revenue. While at Rapidigm, Lokesh was responsible for cultivating their SAP business into one of the ten largest SAP consulting practices in the nation. Rapidigm was acquired by Fujitsu in 2006. Lokesh began his career at PricewaterhouseCoopers in San Francisco. He is an electrical engineering and computer science graduate from University of California, Berkeley.

Krista Jacobson (Disruptive Force)
Krista Jacobson
Jacobsen IP Law

Krista S. Jacobsen is an engineer-turned-lawyer with the skills and the real-world work experience to provide high-value legal services to clients of Jacobsen IP Law.

After completing her Ph.D. in electrical engineering at Stanford in 1996, Krista worked for Amati Communications Corporation, a company that pioneered DSL technology. In addition to contributing technically to develop DSL, including as a co-inventor on several patents directed to solving problems in DSL, Krista represented Amati at various standards meetings. After Texas Instruments (TI) acquired Amati in 1998, Krista continued to have substantial roles in both DSL development and DSL standardization. Krista left TI in 2004 to start an engineering consulting business. For the next two years, she continued to attend DSL standards meetings on behalf of one of her clients.

As an inventor, Krista had been interested in the patenting process, and she decided to become a patent agent so that she could offer patent prosecution services to her clients. While Krista studied for the patent bar examination, she found herself enjoying what she was learning and wanting to know much more about patent law. Krista decided to become an attorney so that she could learn not only about patent prosecution, but also about litigation and transactions.

After a completing a legal education with a heavy emphasis on patent law, Krista began her legal career at Covington & Burling in patent litigation, where her work experience as an engineer and her knowledge of the standardization process proved to be invaluable assets to clients of the firm who were targets of pat ent infringement lawsuits. Krista then moved to an in-house position at Headwater Partners before launching Jacobsen IP Law in early 2014.

Darlene Tenes (Casa Q)
Darlene Tenes

Ms. Tenes was the founder and Chief Executive Maniac of Marketing Maniacs, Inc., a Silicon Valley event marketing and management firm. Founded in 1998, the firm specialized in working with direct to consumer-based businesses and nonprofits with a special emphasis in Hispanic marketing.

In 2005 she founded CasaQ, a Hispanic Lifestyle Company that provides products, services and products to people who embrace the Latino culture since 2003 Ms. Tenes has been a regular contributor on NBC Bay Area and CBS-5 in the San Francisco Bay Area as a Latino Lifestyle expert discussing history, foods, and traditions of Mexico, Spain and other Latin-American countries. Known for her micro-history lessons and quick wit she became a favorite guest sharing recipes, entertaining tips and more with the television audience. She has co-hosted the annual CasaQ / NBC Bay Area Best Darn Tamale contest for since 2004 and is featured on PBS Heirloom Meals Christmas special.

Ms. Tenes teaches event and meeting planning courses to industry professionals through San Francisco State University College Extended Learning certificate program, Silicon Valley Concierge Association, and other professional associations. She is an eHow expert on food and event planning and a professional speaker at seminars, conferences and cruise lines.

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.