Co-founder of Austin-based Growth Acceleration Partners (GAP), Joyce Durst thrives on the challenges and opportunities of helping software companies achieve rapid growth. As a veteran of the software industry, Durst applies her passion and knowledge to help other business owners more efficiently create the software of their dreams.
GAP is a unique outsourced software development company. Using a strategic approach, GAP combines leading technical skills with business acumen to create complete software solutions. From IT legacy applications to software testing to mobile application development, GAP has doubled in size each year since it was founded.
Before she co-founded GAP, Durst served as chief executive officer and president of software security firm Pinion Software, which was acquired by GigaTrust. During her five years at the helm, Joyce led Pinion to annual revenue growth of more than 100 percent.
Prior to joining Pinion, Durst served as vice president and general manager of the DataOne database products division for BMC Software, which generated annual revenue exceeding $200 million, profit margins of more than 40 percent and annual revenue growth of 30 percent to 50 percent. Before that, Durst worked at IBM.
Durst earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Texas A&M University. An active member of the Austin community, she holds or has held board and advisory positions at organizations including Special Olympics Texas, Seton Northwest Hospital, Austin Women in Technology and Mays Business School at Texas A&M University.