CEO at ZenBusiness, which democratizes entrepreneurship by making it easy to create, maintain and manage a LLC or other corporate entity. CTO of the year in 2011 and founding chief technical officer for HomeAway (NASDAQ: AWAY). Ross Buhrdorf has helped grow the company from a startup to its current position as a $3B global leader in the travel industry. He is responsible for building both the team and the technology platform that ultimately created and defined the concept of the “short-term rental” and “vacation rental by owner” market. In his more than 30 years as a technology leader, entrepreneur and corporate executive, Ross helps transform the way consumers interact with technology. He is passionate about the consumer Internet, security, mobile technology and how to apply innovation to build better products and a better world. Mr. Buhrdorf is a member of the Board of Directors for American National Bank (where he is helping them through a digital transformation and security upgrade) and the Santa Fe Institute - a pioneering research institute that studies complex adaptive systems in an effort to answer some of humanity’s biggest questions. Buhrdorf also serves on the board of KLRU, the non-profit PBS affiliate in Austin. An active mentor and angel investor in the technology community, Ross is a Partner at Capital Factory, a globally recognized accelerator program and investment fund.