Louis Black
Co-Founder, Austin Chronicle and South By Southwest
Louis Black, Co-Founder, The Austin Chronicle and South by Southwest

Louis Black is a co-founder and editor of The Austin Chronicle and is a co-founder of the annual South by Southwest festival. He also is a founding partner in Toronto's North by Northeast music and film festival. Black was an original board member of the Austin Film Society and helped establish the Texas Film Hall of Fame.



Brian Sharples
Co-Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, HomeAway
Brian Sharples, Co-founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, HomeAway

Sharples co-founded HomeAway with Carl Shepherd in February 2005. He raised over $400 million in private funding to build one of the most popular vacation rental websites around the world, and Sharples is basking in the glow of success yet again on the heels of a $3.9 billion buyout by Expedia.