STARTUPS & TECHNOLOGY
Christa Freeland has been on the founding team of multiple startups driven by her eye for unique applications and implications of pioneering technology.
She is an entrepreneur and Managing Director at Powershift Group, a technology venture studio that founds, funds, and grows early-stage companies. She has worked for seven years on the early operations team to launch startups, as well as scout for opportunities to buy, build, or partner for new technologies in the Powershift portfolio. She is also a fellow at Next Wave Impact Fund, a venture capital firm focused on both social impact and financial returns. In 2015 she created a young professionals’ networking app called The Dime Club. In 2016 she cofounded a coworking startup called Switch Cowork, that turns under-utilized restaurants into shared work spaces. In 2019 Christa became part of the first graduating class of Venture Capital School, a partnership launched by BerkleyLaw and the National Venture Capital Association, hosted at University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business. In 2018 Christa became part of the founding member group for the invite-only, emerging tech division, "Emerging REALITY", a week-long young leadership initiative hosted in Israel by the Schusterman Foundation. She is a scholarship recipient and alumna of Project Entrepreneur 2017, a UBS and Rent the Runway intensive program in NYC that supports female founders. Other affiliations include the Forbes Business Council, Austin Asian Chamber of Commerce, Texas State University Alumni Board, and Austin Under 40 Awards judge committee.
In 2018 Christa joined the World Economic Forum/ “Davos” Global Shaper program, their exclusive group for young leaders. She was tapped to help Austin Mayor Adler’s re-election team, and created and led a successful and award-winning campaign focused on using technology in new ways to reach next generation voters. This campaign won a Silver Pollie from the American Association of Political Consultants and was a finalist in the Campaigns & Elections’ Reed Awards. She also worked with community partners and local startup networks to launch and operate ATX Startup Vote and Millennial Campaign Manager.
Christa has been recognized by Mayor Adler for her service and work within the local government on two separate occasions: In 2016 she was the youngest appointment to a seven person committee for the City of Austin's Grant for Technology Opportunities Program. There, she advised the Technology and Telecommunications Commission on a city fund for nonprofits addressing access to technology. In 2017 she was asked to be the first official social media ambassador for the City of Austin’s exclusive CityWorks Academy. There, she met with the heads of each major department in the local government and gained insider access to better understand city operations.
Showing intuition, ambition, and talent for technology and art early in her life, Christa started creating websites in 2003. At age 16 she took on leadership roles in the high school yearbook staff, winning awards in layout design and journalism.
She has now worked in a variety of organizations including: agency, political campaign, startup, skunkworks, and moonshot. Christa enjoys attending events that focus on: entrepreneurs, emerging technology, young leadership, global economics, and creativity, such as: World Economic Forum/”Davos”, Burning Man, World Entrepreneur of the Year, Forbes Under 30, EY's Strategic Growth Forum, Microsoft Convergence, SXSW Interactive, and more.
FEATURESChrista has enjoyed speaking for the UN Foundation in Davos, The University of Texas at Austin, Texas State University, 3 Day Startup, and AmeriCorps. She is noted for her thought leadership and entrepreneurship in the following areas:
MILLENNIALS- UN Foundation Blog / “Young & Restless: What Tomorrow’s Leaders Told Today’s Decision Makers at #WEF2019” (2019)- World Economic Forum Blog “Agenda” / Millennials Are Starting To Get More Involved in Government, and the Impact Will Be Huge (2019)- Forbes / 6 Habits For Success From Top Female Millennial Entrepreneurs (2018)- CIO / Millennials Are Driving Workplace Automation-- Here's Why (2018)
GOVERNMENT- Burning Man Newsletter Feature “Jackrabbit Speaks” / Millennials Are Starting To Get More Involved in Government, and the Impact Will Be Huge (2019)- Xconomy / No Excuses: Austin Startup Leaders Pledge to Support Voter Turnout (2018)
FUTURE OF WORK- Vox / Work is Fun, Fun is Work, and Restaurants are Coworking Spaces: The Craze, Explained (2018)- Switch Cowork "Workplace and Workforce of the Future" Blog / Switch Cowork at World Entrepreneur of the Year (2018)- Built in Austin / How To Make Friends At Your Coworking Space (2016)- Community Impact / Coworking Spaces Are Turning Austin's Office Environment On Its Head (2016)- Eater Austin / Burn Pizza + Bar Turns Into Coworking Space During the Day (2016)- Built in Austin / This Startup Wants to Turn Austin's Restaurants into Coworking Spaces During the Day (2016)- Community Impact / An Entrepreneur is Turning Unused Austin Restaurant Space (2016)- WeWork / Tips For Planning a Head Clearing Weekend (2016)- Entrepreneur Magazine / 10 Phrases Need To Be Banned From the Office (2014)- Tech Cocktail / Startup Women Show Us What They Wear To Work (2014)TECHNOLOGY- Entrepreneur / 9 Blockchain Influencers For You To Follow (2018)- Forbes / Blockchain Balance Issues: Why the Industry Needs Female Leaders (2018)- American Inno / The Technology and Comforts Austin Founders Bring on the Road (2016)- Austin Inno / This Startup Wants You To Swipe Your Way Right Into a New Professional Network (2016)- Huffington Post / Using Social Media To Find a Job (2015)- CIO Online / 4 Tips For Creating Business Videos Customer Will Want to Watch (2014)