It’s been an exciting couple of weeks at Bazaarvoice. First, on May 21st, Bazaarvoice was named the #1 Best Place to Work in Austin. We got a great photo of our entire team, including international team members who were in town for our quarterly company offsite at the Alamo Drafthouse, in front of our massive 52-inch Sabian Chinese gong in the Austin Business Journal.

Second, just one week later, our very own Brett Hurt was named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in Austin – one of four regional winners. The E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year awards recognize entrepreneurs who demonstrate extraordinary success in the areas of innovation, financial performance, and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.

Bazaarvoice CEO Brett Hurt named Austin Entrepreneur of the Year

I can’t think of anyone who deserves this honor more than Brett. In the description above, the word that I would emphasize most in describing Brett’s motivation as an entrepreneur is community. An Austin native, Brett is very mindful of the positive, profound, and multi-generational impact that a single entrepreneur and business can have on the prosperity of a community. He sees Bazaarvoice’s success and his own as a win for all of Austin, and he sincerely hopes that Bazaarvoice’s success will bring prosperity to our community not just in terms of job and wealth creation but in the form of many future companies that our team members will one day start.

When I worked for Brett at Coremetrics, the company he founded prior to Bazaarvoice, he was expecting his first child and was in the process of shopping for a new stroller. Like many first-time parents (I recently went through this process myself), he did a ton of online research, finally landing at Amazon.com and finding an extremely long and detailed review contributed by an aerospace engineer who had methodically deconstructed and reconstructed the stroller in question, documenting the process and his observations on the stroller’s design, materials quality, and workmanship at every step. This experience had a profound effect on Brett, as he imagined the power of this content for every shopper and purchase decision if it were available for every product and website. The idea for Bazaarvoice was born a few months later. Fast forward four short years and here we are – we have served 50+ billion reviews for 525+ global brands in 36 countries and we continue to grow (and hire!) like wildfire.

Please join me in congratulating Brett for his many accomplishments as an entrepreneur (Bazaarvoice is his fifth start-up company!), for the positive impact he has had within the Austin business community, and for being a genuinely sincere and humble person. He never fails to show his appreciation for the team at Bazaarvoice, our customers and partners, and the many supporters that have helped the company and Brett personally along the way.

So far, 2009 has been a big year for us – and there’s still six months left to go!

17 Responses to “Brett Hurt, Our CEO, Founder & Friend, Named Austin’s Entrepreneur of the Year”

  1. We are so incredibly proud of you Brett! We’ve always known that you were headed for something special, but we didn’t realize the positive impact that you would have all over the world for so many people.

    It’s amazing what can happen when you have the support of a wonderful wife and loving family to encourage you, but of course it helps to have the brains, talent and good heart going into it. You have all those things and then some. Keep up the good work and continued success.

    Congratulations!!!!!

    Calvin & Jackie

  2. We are so incredibly proud of you Brett! We’ve always known that you were headed for something special, but we didn’t realize the positive impact that you would have all over the world for so many people.

    It’s amazing what can happen when you have the support of a wonderful wife and loving family to encourage you, but of course it helps to have the brains, talent and good heart going into it. You have all those things and then some. Keep up the good work and continued success.

    Congratulations!!!!!

    Calvin & Jackie

  3. Congratulations Brett!

    It’s been great having the opportunity working with you and your team at Bazaarvoice, especially seeing up close and personal your dedication to your clients and the way that you inspire the people around you to do great things for themselves and others.

    It’s not surprising to read that you were honored with this great award, but is certainly well deserved. Here’s to another great milestone on a road that is truly paved with success!

    All the best,

    Seth

  4. Congratulations Brett!

    It’s been great having the opportunity working with you and your team at Bazaarvoice, especially seeing up close and personal your dedication to your clients and the way that you inspire the people around you to do great things for themselves and others.

    It’s not surprising to read that you were honored with this great award, but is certainly well deserved. Here’s to another great milestone on a road that is truly paved with success!

    All the best,

    Seth

  5. Austin got it right. I have had the pleasure of being part of two of Brett’s inventions and could not have had a better experience with either. Keep up the imagination and drive. It’s infectious and influences all. Congratulations Brett!

  6. Austin got it right. I have had the pleasure of being part of two of Brett’s inventions and could not have had a better experience with either. Keep up the imagination and drive. It’s infectious and influences all. Congratulations Brett!

  7. Brett Hurt

    Thanks Brant for the kind words. I can’t remember who came up with the idea, but we definitely did it together. I remember that brainstorming session (one of many) fondly and like it was yesterday. There is no doubt in my mind that we wouldn’t be nearly as successful as we are today without your great partnership – starting as our head of Client Services, Products, and then eventually doing great in your current role as head of Business Development.

    And thank you, Josh! Very happy you are a large equity owner thanks to your early contributions. Do well with OtherInbox! This is a very exciting time for Austin entrepreneurially. I told Lori Hawkins that in the IPO-focused article that will run in the Austin American-Statesman’s Tech Monday but she didn’t choose that quote. However, she chose a good quote about how it will create thousands of jobs – something that I’m very proud of as an entrepreneur.

    We will absolutely stay focused on our mission, building an incredible team, and serving our clients extraordinarily well.

  8. Brett Hurt

    Thanks Brant for the kind words. I can’t remember who came up with the idea, but we definitely did it together. I remember that brainstorming session (one of many) fondly and like it was yesterday. There is no doubt in my mind that we wouldn’t be nearly as successful as we are today without your great partnership – starting as our head of Client Services, Products, and then eventually doing great in your current role as head of Business Development.

    And thank you, Josh! Very happy you are a large equity owner thanks to your early contributions. Do well with OtherInbox! This is a very exciting time for Austin entrepreneurially. I told Lori Hawkins that in the IPO-focused article that will run in the Austin American-Statesman’s Tech Monday but she didn’t choose that quote. However, she chose a good quote about how it will create thousands of jobs – something that I’m very proud of as an entrepreneur.

    We will absolutely stay focused on our mission, building an incredible team, and serving our clients extraordinarily well.

  9. Congratulations Brett and all of Bazaarvoice! You deserve every bit of recognition you are getting for totally kicking ass!

  10. Congratulations Brett and all of Bazaarvoice! You deserve every bit of recognition you are getting for totally kicking ass!

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