For more than five years the Austin Business Journal's Face 2 Face series has delivered some of the brightest industry leader to Austin's business community for informative and inspiring discussions. Personal stories, tales from the boardroom and opinions on today's ever-changing business environment are tackled in a fireside chat format with ABJ Editor Colin Pope.

The Face 2 Face breakfasts are usually held the second Tuesday of each month at Whole Foods' world-famous headquarters in downtown Austin. The breakfast starts at 8:30 am with a half hour of networking followed by a one-hour Q&A session with our featured guest. This discussion is fueled by questions from the audience, and most often centers on business-to-business topics that both educate and entertain.



Sharples co-founded HomeAway with Carl Shepherd in February 2005. He raised over $400 million in private funding to acquire market-leading vacation rental websites around the world. Through an aggressive product and service strategy, Sharples has built HomeAway into a cohesive global network backed by a unified technology platform.

Sharples is the former president and chief executive officer of IntelliQuest Information Group, a supplier of marketing data and research to Fortune 500 technology companies. There he pioneered the development of subscription-based statistical research services and electronic survey systems. He also completed two successful public offerings and the subsequent sale of IntelliQuest to WPP Group.

An expert in technology brand strategy, Sharples has counseled several major brands, including Apple, Microsoft and Dell. He is also a passionate entrepreneur and angel investor with involvement in dozens of startups. He currently serves on the board of directors for consumer internet companies RetailMeNot (NASDAQ: SALE), Gogobot, Looknook, and Twyla, and B2B content provider, Fexy Media. He is an investment advisor to venture capital firm, Institutional Venture Partners, and private equity firm, Tritium Partners. Sharples also serves on the board of KLRU, the non-profit PBS affiliate in Austin.

He earned a bachelor's degree in math and economics from Colby College and a master's degree from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.



Monthly from 8:30 - 10 A.M.

Blanton Museum of Art Auditorium (West Building)
200 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd.
Austin, TX 78701

NOTE: February through June's Face 2 Face will be held at the Blanton Museum of Art.

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Krystal Bordner at 512-494-2536 or kbordner@bizjournals.com

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