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Meet the HomeAway team
Brian Sharples, Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer
Brian Sharples co-founded HomeAway with Carl Shepherd in February 2005. Since then, he has raised nearly $405 million in private funding and acquired 17 websites, to create the world's leading online marketplace of holiday rentals.
Brian is the former president and chief executive officer of IntelliQuest Information Group, a supplier of marketing data and research to Fortune 500 technology companies. While 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.
An expert in technology brand strategy, Brian has counseled several leading companies, including Apple, Microsoft and Dell. He also created the IntelliQuest Brand Tech Forum Conference, which became an industry-leading symposium, and served as a consultant at Bain & Company early in his career.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in maths and economics from Colby College and a master’s degree from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Brian's favourite thing about working for HomeAway:
"The people who work at HomeAway are amazing and inspiring. We’ve been successful in attracting people who are passionate about our business, and seek to always make the experience better for our customers. There is no shortage of good ideas to make our service better for both owners and travellers, and as a result we continually challenge each other to push our limits and get better. That makes for a dynamic culture and a very rewarding work life."