Brett Hurt
CEO and Co-Founder

Brett Hurt, CEO and Co-Founder of

Brett Hurt recently launched his sixth company — Even after starting Bazaarvoice, which altered e-commerce and spawned another 28 startups, Hurt expects this latest endeavor to be his biggest success yet. strives to build the most meaningful, collaborative and abundant data resource on the planet.  Hurt is also a seed-stage investor at Hurt Family Investments in partnership with his wife, Debra. Out of the 45 startups HFI are involved in, 32 are headquartered in Austin and 25 are focused on SaaS.

Mason Ayer
Kerbey Lane

Mason Ayer, CEO, Kerbey Lane

Mason Ayer is the CEO of Kerbey Lane Café, a beloved Austin-area chain he took over from his parents in 2010. The 37-year-old family business is known for serving up its award-winning queso and pancakes 24/7, and Ayer was honored in 2016 as one of the best CEOs in Austin.

Mark McClain
CEO & Co-founder

Mark McClain, CEO & Co-founder, SailPoint

Mark McClain is regarded as one of the best CEOs in the Austin area. He is putting to use over 20 years of experience developing and leading innovative technology companies to grow SailPoint Technologies, his latest software venture that is one of the biggest tech employers in Austin. After working for HP and IBM, McClain hit his first home run in the startup world by founding Waveset Technologies in 2000 and then selling it to Sun Microsystems in 2003.

Bryan Sheffield
Parsley Energy

Bryan Sheffield, CEO, Parsley Energy

Dubbed by Forbes as the Oil Patch Prince and lauded by the ABJ as the 2016 CEO of the Year, Bryan Sheffield is Austin's newest billionaire thanks to the success of his company, Parsley Energy. Sheffield was born into a family steeped in oil and gas, and he has parlayed his experience and connections to create a rare company — an energy business based in Austin, and one that has bucked much of the bad times that have plagued the oil and gas industry.

Adam Lyon
The Zebra

Adam Lyons is CEO at The Zebra

Adam Lyons is CEO at The Zebra, which he founded in 2012 and has grown into the nation's most visited car insurance comparison marketplace. He previously worked at Lloyd's of London in Excess & Surplus Lines commercial insurance and as an underwriter at All Risks LTD., one of the nation's largest wholesalers, and his entrepreneurial path landed him on Forbes' 30 Under 30 List in 2017. He was a 2016 EY Entrepreneur of the Year finalist, was named to Inc. Magazine's 30 Under 30 list in 2015, and he received the 2014 Empact100 Award at the United Nations.

Mike Haggerty
ThunderCloud Subs

Mike Haggerty, Co-Owner, ThunderCloud Subs

Mike Haggerty was a ThunderCloud Subs customer in 1977 when he met Andy Cotton and John Meddaugh, the founders of ThunderCloud, at the original shop on Lavaca St. near the University of Texas campus. Andy and John had been talking about franchising ThunderCloud, and brought Mike on as their first franchisee (the company stopped franchising in 1999).

Mellie Price
Director of Commercialization
Dell Medical School

Mellie Price, Director of Commercialization, Dell Medical School

Eight-time entrepreneur Mellie Price grew companies such as SoftMatch, Capital Factory and Front Gate Tickets into successess before becoming an investor and mentor, and now she’s on a mission to help innovate the American health care sector as the executive director of commercialization at the Dell Medical School. Price also has the ears of Austin’s tech and civic leaders via organizations, such as Leadership Austin, Texas Competes and the mayor’s Technology Advisory Committee.

Mike Maples Jr.
Managing Partner

Mike Maples Jr., Managing Partner at Floodgate

Before becoming a full-time investor, Mike was involved as a founder and operating executive at back-to-back startup IPOs, including Tivoli Systems (IPO TIVS, acquired by IBM) and Motive (IPO MOTV, acquired by Alcatel-Lucent.) Some of Mikes investments include Twitter,, ngmoco, Weebly, Chegg, Bazaarvoice, Spiceworks, Okta, and Demandforce.

Greg Stock

Greg Stock, CEO of Zenoss

Four-time CEO Greg Stock is known for building exceptional software companies, transforming organizational cultures and successfully guiding companies through venture funding, acquisitions and IPOs. Greg has led Zenoss to double-digit growth for three consecutive years and helped the company claim its spot as one of the 2016 Forbes Best Places to Work and 2017 Austin Best Places to Work. Greg was also a 2017 finalist for the E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year award.

Jag Bath
Chief Executive Officer & President

Jag Bath, Chief Executive Officer & President, Favor

Jag Bath was hired as CEO of the popular Austin-based mobile app delivery service Favor in 2015 after spending 15 years helping other startups such as RetailMeNot scale up. Since he took the reins at Favor, the company has grown to be even more of a darling on the Austin startup scene and a respected disruptor in the food, logistics and technology sectors. The company recently raised another $22 million to fuel expansion efforts.

Sara Brand
Co-founder, True Wealth Ventures & (512) Brewing Company

Sara Brand, Co-founder, True Wealth Ventures & (512) Brewing Company
Sara Brand, a former AMD executive, is on a mission to invest in women-led startups via her venture capital firm, True Wealth Ventures. Along with her husband, she also co-founded (512) Brewing Company, the largest draught-only, self-distributing microbrewery in the United States. She is also an advisor to DivInc and a senior advisor for Health IoT to UT's new Dell Medical School to foster health technology innovations across industry, academia and community.

Dave Kirchhoff

Dave Kirchhoff, CEO of iFLY

Dave Kirchhoff spent most of his CEO life atop Weight Watchers, where he led more than 40,000 employees between 2006 and 2013. He arrived to the startup scene and Austin in 2015 to lead Snap Kitchen, and helped that health-food retailer ramp up to more than 50 stores across the country. Now, he's jumping into the CEO seat at Austin-based iFLY, a global chain of indoor skydiving sites.