Jacob Christfort, Founder and President
Jacob Christfort is the founder and president of Ranch Systems LLC, an innovative company building wireless monitoring and control equipment and Internet software for the agriculture industry. In building Ranch Systems, Jacob tapped into generations of farming experience in his family, his own experience as a ranch-owner in Mendocino County, CA, and a long career in Silicon Valley.
Prior to starting Ranch Systems, Jacob served for almost 10 years at Oracle Corporation in various roles. Notably, as the Vice President for wireless technology, he created and led the development team behind Oracle’s wireless portal venture, later created and led the team that delivered the first mainstream wireless application server, and eventually became the company’s first CTO (Chief Technology Officer) for mobile, wireless and voice technology. During this period he was also elected Vice Chairman of the Open Mobile Alliance, the leading mobile and wireless applications standards organization.
Before Oracle, Jacob was a consultant with McKinsey & Co. helping clients in a variety of industries, including IT and telecommunications. Prior to that, he co-founded and served as CTO of a Danish startup designing industrial PDAs and field force automation software, primarily used in agriculture and forestry. He has also served as a special consultant on technology issues to the Danish Government’s Foreign Aid Program (DANIDA), stationed in Ghana and Burkina Faso, West Africa.
To date, Jacob is an inventor of 12 issued patents.
Jacob holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in computer science from University of Copenhagen and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
He lives with his wife Kimberly and twin boys in Novato, California.