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.