|Brett Hurt, WG’99
Co-founder, Former CEO and Vice Chairman, Bazaarvoice
Brett is a General Partner at Hurt+Harbach, a seed-stage venture capital firm. Prior to Hurt+Harbach, Brett worked at Austin Ventures from November of 2012 to August of 2013 and focused on early-stage software investing. Prior to AV, Brett founded Bazaarvoice (NASDAQ: BV) and served as CEO and President for seven and half years, leading the company from bootstrapped concept to almost 2,000 clients worldwide and through its successful IPO. He subsequently guided the company through a successful follow-on offering, and two acquisitions, PowerReviews and Longboard Media. Brett continues to actively support Bazaarvoice as the Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors. Prior to Bazaarvoice, Brett founded Coremetrics and helped grow the company into a global, leading marketing analytics solution for the eCommerce industry before its acquisition by IBM.
Brett has been pioneering eCommerce innovations since 1998 and online communities since 1982. He started programming at age 7. Brett is entrepreneur empowerment group RISE's Serial Entrepreneur of the year for 2012. He was named by E&Y as Entrepreneur of the Year for Austin in 2009 and is a member of the Austin chapter of the international Young Presidents' Organization (YPO). He was named CEO of the Year for large companies by the Austin Business Journal in 2012.
Brett holds an MBA in High-Tech Entrepreneurship from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a BBA in Management Information Systems from the University of Texas at Austin. He served three terms on the Board of Directors of Shop.org, the leading non-profit industry association for retailers online and a division of the National Retail Federation, the largest trade organization for retailers. He also serves as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the Wharton School. Brett established the Bazaarvoice Foundation and is very active in the philanthropic arena. He received the Austin Entrepreneurs Foundation's Community Leadership Award in 2012.
Brett is the Herb Kelleher Center for Entrepreneurship - Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the McCombs School of Business in the University of Texas at Austin for 2013-2014. He serves as a Mentor at TechStars Austin and as a Partner at Capital Factory, and also blogs frequently at Lucky7.io, to help mentor Austin's entrepreneurs. Brett serves as the Chairman of the Board for both BrickTrends and Compare Metrics, two early-stage companies based in Austin. He can be followed on Twitter at @bazaarbrett.