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“The only thing that separates my success from all those other people who want to be successful so bad is doing it,” William Hurley, known as Whurley, serial entrepreneur and cofounder of Honest Dollar, acquired by Goldman Sachs and Chaotic Moon, acquired by Accenture.

For anyone paying any attention in Austin, it’s been quite a year for William Hurley.

In March, he announced the sale of his fin-tech startup, Honest Dollar, to Goldman Sachs and then he hosted a special fundraiser for President Barack Obama and the Democratic National Convention on the first night of South by Southwest Interactive. He also helped bring the first SXSL, a mini-SXSW to the lawn of the White House. And he’s attended numerous events at the White House throughout the year.

On top of that, Whurley became a global advocate for women in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math fields. He joined ITU and United Nations Women in September to launch Equals: the Global Partnership for Gender Equality in Digital Age, which focuses on getting more women to use information and communications technology worldwide to promote the empowerment of women.

And he started the year off as one of our featured tech entrepreneurs in the second annual Silicon Hills News’ 2016 Austin Tech Calendar.

Now, Whurley is touting the benefits of international travel on British Airways for Austin entrepreneurs. British Airways began offering direct flights to London from Austin daily in 2014.

Editor’s note: Whurley and Honest Dollar have been sponsors of Silicon Hills News in the past.