Brett is the CEO and Co-founder of data.world, which is building the most meaningful, collaborative, and abundant data resource in the world. data.world is a Public Benefit Corporation and a Certified B Corp, and was recently named in the top 10% of all B Corps worldwide. Brett is also a seed-stage investor at Hurt Family Investments (HFI) in partnership with his wife, Debra. HFI are in 53 startups, mostly in Austin, and 12 VC funds. Prior to HFI, Brett founded Bazaarvoice (NASDAQ: BV) and served as CEO and President for 7½ years, leading the company from bootstrapped concept to IPO, with 800 people and 2,000 clients worldwide. Brett also founded and led Coremetrics, helping grow the company into a global, leading marketing analytics solution for the digital retail industry before its acquisition by IBM.
Brett holds an MBA from The Wharton School and a BBA in MIS from U.T. Austin. He serves as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the Wharton School. Brett was named by E&Y as Entrepreneur of the Year for Austin in 2009. He established the Bazaarvoice Foundation and received the Austin Entrepreneurs Foundation’s Community Leadership Award in 2012. Brett was named CEO of the Year for large companies by the Austin Business Journal in 2012 and received the Joseph Wharton Award for Young Leadership in 2013. Brett and Debra received the LBJ Humanitarian Award in 2014. In 2017, Brett received the Best CEO Legacy Award by the Austin Business Journal.
Brett blogs at Lucky7.io and blog.data.world and can be followed at @databrett.