Meet the Team
Laura Young, Partner + Research Analyst:
Laura Young is a seasoned expert in business research and competitive intelligence. Combining seven years leading the research department at Austin Ventures, four years coordinating the reference desk at the University of Texas Perry-Castaneda Library and seven years honing her customer service expertise as a Walt Disney World Guest Services Supervisor, Laura can tackle any research project, in any industry, with grace and speed. She has performed Due Diligence analysis for HomeAway, RetailMeNot, MapMyFitness, Magnablend, Bazaarvoice, Silvercar, Spredfast, Food on the Table, Delta Rigging & Tools, among many others. She is a highly sought-after speaker on emerging research trends and regularly presents for the Texas Library Association, Special Libraries Association, and American Library Association. Laura earned her Master in Information Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. When she's not digging for the next important piece of data, Laura can be found relaxing with her Basset Hound and PBGV rescues, catching up on the latest Netflix series, or culling design ideas from local architectural tours.
April Kessler, Partner + Research Analyst:
April Kessler resolves complex custom research requests for clients, including venture capital firms, advertising agencies, law firms, business incubators, and small businesses. April teaches the Competitive Intelligence course at the University of Texas School of Information. Prior to joining Bizologie, April was a research analyst for Austin Ventures and served ten years as the Business Librarian at the University of Texas Libraries working with the McCombs School of Business (including Texas Venture Labs, MBA teams and the M.S. Technology Commercialization program). She earned her Master in Information Studies from UT Austin and her MBA from Wichita State University. In addition to her research experience, she also has nearly ten years of experience in marketing and public relations. April is past-president for the Texas Chapter of the Special Libraries Association, past-chair of the Texas Library Association Special Libraries Division, and served on the Executive Board of the Texas Library Association from 2011-2014. April enjoys checking out Austin's vibrant restaurant scene, frequenting the Sundance Film Festival, and tossing the ball for her Pointer mix rescue pup.