Program Information

Despite the shock of COVID-19, $23.8 billion in venture capital was invested in property technology in 2020.  From smart cities and the internet of things; to big data, automation, and artificial intelligence; to carbon neutrality and public health, technology is rapidly transforming property technology.

We will explore how technology is addressing the biggest challenges facing property technology and how technology is enabling new possibilities that were never before feasible while also exploring risks and concerns related to the increasing prevalence of property technology.

Join us on Wednesday, April 21, 2021 for this FREE ONLINE EVENT.

This program will be moderated by Mark Weeks, Group Product Manager, ServiceTitan.


  • Jacob Tell, Founder & CEO, Oniracom
  • Bassem Hamdy, Founder & CEO, Briq
  • Karen Feeney, Business Development Manager, Allen Construction
  • Josh Blumer, Owner, AB design studio

About the Speakers

JACOB TELL, Founder & CEO, Oniracom

Jacob is Co-Founder and CEO of Oniracom. Oniracom uses social listening, consumer research, big data, and machine learning to help premium brands accelerate by better understanding their market ecosystem, their customers and their competitors.

Jacob co-founded Oniracom as a student at UCSB in 2001 and has partnered with Jack Johnson, the Santa Barbara Bowl, Universal Music, Hassell Studio, and the City of Canberra, among others.


BASSEM HAMDY, Founder & CEO, Briq

Bassem is a thought leader in the construction technology space with 20+ years of experience. Bassem first joined CMiC in the 1990s and was successful in helping construction companies migrate their systems from paper to software.

In 2015, Bassem was appointed EVP Marketing and Enterprise Strategy at Procore. In 2018, he founded Briq, an analytics platform that allows Contractors and Subcontractors to make better decisions before, during and after construction.



KAREN FEENEY, Business Development Manager, Allen Construction

Karen is the Business Development Manager at Allen Construction, a general contractor focusing on custom residential projects, both new homes and remodels. In this role, Karen is the initial contact for many of the leads coming into the company. She is also responsible for building and maintaining relationships with community partners and clients. Karen sits on the Board of the Santa Barbara chapter of the American Institute of Architects. In 2019, Karen was made an honorary member of AIASB due to the support she has given the organization over the years. Karen is a LEED AP and is responsible for managing Allen Construction’s sustainable building program and green business operations.

Prior to joining Allen Construction, Karen worked at the Community Environmental Council managing its pollution prevention programs and, before that, as a Planner for the County of Santa Barbara; jobs that brought skills and connections to her work at Allen Construction.

When not at work, Karen enjoys being out of doors, whether that is hiking, cycling, stand-up paddling, golfing or traveling with family and friends.


JOSH BLUMER, Owner, AB design studio

Josh is an owner and Principal Architect at AB design studio based in Santa Barbara with offices in Los Angeles. Josh and fellow architect, Clay Aurell, co-founded AB design studio in 2005 after a decade long working internship under the influential mentorship of famed architect, Robin Donaldson of Shubin Donaldson Architects. 

Josh has developed his career with a continual interest in and a practical application of emerging technologies relevant to the design process and architectural and construction technologies. Josh is a guest lecturer at California Polytechnic State University, an advisory board member at Santa Barbara High School’s Visual Arts & Design Academy (VADA), a board member on the Santa Barbara County Board of Architectural Review and a board member at the LEED Gold-certified MOXI, The Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation, one of the many award-winning projects completed by AB design studio.




MARK WEEKS, Group Product Manager, ServiceTitan

Boundless curiosity has lead Mark to acquire a wide range of professional and personal interests including product development and sustainability. Mark joined ServiceTitan in 2019 to lead product initiatives targeting growth opportunities in new markets. Prior to joining ServiceTitan, Mark developed products at Procore and served in various roles at several large engineering design and construction firms where he specialized in renewable energy.

Mark holds a master’s degree from the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management at UCSB and a bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Berkeley. He is also affiliated with other Central Coast educational institutions, having graduated from Dos Pueblos High School in Goleta and studied at Santa Barbara City College.


Event & Ticket Information

Event Date:  Wednesday, March 17, 2021, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Where: ONLINE EVENT – Zoom


    • 6:00 – 7:00PM Panel Discussion
    • 7:00 – 7:30 Q&A
    • 7:30 – 8:00 Networking on Preciate Social

Everyone who signs up will receive their own personal link from Zoom. Please do not share this as it will be unique only to you.

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Following the event, we will then meet for a half-hour networking social on Preciate.
IMPORTANT: Preciate at the moment WILL NOT work on mobile devices (no phones or tablets).

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MIT Enterprise Forum of the Central Coast is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. We strive to put together programs that not only educate but encourage and motivate our community to continue growing successfully in their entrepreneurial journeys.

We would like to thank you all for your continued support as you join us from your homes.

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