“Brett has been pioneering eCommerce innovations since 1998 and online communities since 1982. As the co-founder of Bazaarvoice, Brett served as CEO from its inception in 2005 until November 2012, during which time he led the company through its IPO, a follow-on offering and two acquisitions.
Brett has extensive experience in the online marketing arena, especially as it pertains to the eCommerce industry. He founded Coremetrics in February 1999 after spending 10 years developing Internet-based software. Brett helped grow Coremetrics into the leading marketing analytics solution for the eCommerce industry, and Forrester Research rated Coremetrics No. 1 in the industry. Prior to Coremetrics, Brett was the founder and CEO of Hurt Technology Consulting and BodyMatrix, an online retailer of sports nutrition products. Before that, he was a consultant at Deloitte Consulting and Andersen Consulting (now Accenture). Brett has more than 15 years of Internet programming experience and has developed multiple software applications, including Internet marketing analysis solutions, eCommerce platforms, Web-based classroom management applications, virtual communities, multiplayer online games, and Bulletin Board System (BBS) software. He started programming when he was seven years old, launched a BBS on a 110-baud modem when he was ten, and created one of the first Internet-based multiplayer games in 1990. Brett holds a master’s degree in business administration in High-Tech Entrepreneurship from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a bachelor’s degree in business administration in Management Information Systems from the University of Texas at Austin.
Brett received the Serial Entrepreneur Award for 2012 from the entrepreneur empowerment group RISE, and also received Austin Entrepreneurs Foundation’s Community Leadership Award for 2012. Brett was named Entrepreneur of the Year for Austin in 2009 and is a member of the Austin chapter of the international Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO). He proudly served three terms over six years on the Board of Directors of Shop.org, the leading non-profit industry association for retailers online and a division of the National Retail Federation, the largest trade organization for retailers. He serves as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the Wharton School, is an inventor (US Patent #7,050,989), and presents at various industry events and universities. Brett passionately speaks on and interviews other CEOs about how company culture drives performance.”