Brett is the owner of Hurt Family Investments, a family office that invests in seed-stage companies as well as other asset classes. Prior to Hurt Family Investments, 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 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 serves as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin as well as at the Wharton School and previously served on the Board of Directors of Shop.org. 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 entrepreneur empowerment group RISE's Serial Entrepreneur of the year for 2012. He was named by Ernst & Young as Entrepreneur of the Year for Austin in 2009 and is a member of the Austin chapter of the International Young Presidents' Organization (YPO). Brett was named CEO of the Year for large companies by the Austin Business Journal in 2012, and he received the Joseph Wharton Award for Young Leadership in 2013.
Brett serves as a Mentor at TechStars Austin and as a Partner at Capital Factory, and also blogs frequently at Lucky7.io, to help support Austin's entrepreneurs. He serves as the Chairman of the Board for both Compare Metrics and Shelfbucks, two early-stage companies based in Austin. He can be followed on Twitter at @bazaarbrett.
Bazaarvoice is one of the world's largest shopper networks connecting people, products, brands and retailers at each stage of the buying journey. For more than 2,000 clients globally, Bazaarvoice helps channel authentic, consumer-generated branded content into all the places that influence purchase decisions, giving our clients business insights so they can offer consumers more of what they want. Many of the world's largest retailers rely upon Bazaarvoice to drive more traffic to and conversion on their ecommerce sites, and the Bazaarvoice network helps brands participate directly in the retail channel to influence consumers at the point of purchase. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, Bazaarvoice has offices in Amsterdam, London, Munich, New York, Paris, San Francisco, Stockholm and Sydney.