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.