Sharples is Co-Founder and CEO of homeAway. He has raised nearly $405 million in private funding and acquired 17 websites, to create the world's leading online marketplace of vacation rentals.
Sharples is the former President and CEO of IntelliQuest Information Group, a supplier of marketing data and research to Fortune 500 technology companies. While there, he pioneered the development of subscription-based statistical research services and electronic survey systems. He also completed two successful public offerings and the subsequent sale of Intelliquest.
An expert in technology brand strategy, Sharples has counseled several leading companies, including Apple, Microsoft and Dell. He also created the IntelliQuest Brand Tech Forum Conference, which became an industry-leading symposium, and served as a consultant at Bain & Company early in his career.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in math and economics from Colby College and a master’s degree from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Sharples serves on the Board of Directors for KAYAK, RetailMeNot, Austin Habitat for Humanity, and KLRU.
IPO'd; acquired by Millward Brown, a division of WPP Group