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 and Information desk at the University of Texas Perry Casteneda 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 Texas Library Association, Special Libraries Association, and American Library Association. Laura earned her Masters 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 episodes of Mad Men, 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. She received her Masters in Information Studies from the University of Texas at Austin and her Masters in Business Administration from Wichita State University. Prior to joining Bizologie, April was a research analyst for Austin Ventures and spent the last eight years as the Business Librarian at the University of Texas Libraries working with the McCombs School of Business (including Texas Venture Labs, 3-Day Startup, MBA teams and MSTC). 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, participating in student startup events and tossing a ball for her pointer mix rescue.
The Bizologie team is active in the Association of Independent Information Professionals, the Society of Competitive Intelligence Professionals and the Special Libraries Association.