Christa Freeland has built and helped start multiple companies and communities driven by her eye for unique applications and implications of new technology.
She is an entrepreneur and Managing Director at Powershift Group, a startup studio that founds, funds, and grows early-stage tech companies. She also scouts for opportunities to buy, build, or partner for new technologies in the Powershift portfolio. In 2015, she created a young professional's networking app called The Dime Club. In 2016, she started a coworking operation called Switch Cowork, that turns under-utilized restaurants into shared work spaces. For this concept she was accepted into the NYC intensive program Project Entrepreneur, a UBS and Rent the Runway joint venture to support female founders.
Most recently she was selected to be a judge for the Austin Under 40 Awards 2018.
Christa has been recognized by Austin's Mayor Steve Adler for her service and work within the local government on two separate occasions. In 2017 she was asked to be the first official social media ambassador for the City of Austin and was invited to join their exclusive CityWorks Academy. There, she met with the heads of each major department in the local government and gained insider access to better understand and be exposed to city operations.
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 how to use a $250k fund on a portfolio of nonprofits addressing accessibility to technology.
Showing intuition, ambition, and talent for technology and communications 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 feature stories.
She has now worked in a variety of organizations including non-profit, lifestyle, agency, volunteer, and startup. Christa has stayed up-to-date on industry trends by regularly attending events such as World Entrepreneur of the Year, Forbes Under 30, EY's Strategic Growth Forum, Microsoft Convergence, and SXSW Interactive.
FEATURESChrista has enjoyed speaking at The University of Texas at Austin, Texas State University, 3 Day Startup, and AmeriCorps. She has been mentioned over 20 times in print and online, local and national publications such as Forbes, Entrepreneur, Huffington Post, CIO, WeWork Blog, and more:
2018 - Forbes / 6 Habits For Success From Top Female Millennial Entrepreneurs2018 - CIO / Millennials Are Driving Workplace Automation-- Here's Why2018 - Entrepreneur / 9 Blockchain Influencers For You To Follow2018 - Forbes / Blockchain Balance Issues: Why the Industry Needs Female Leaders2017 - Switch Cowork "Workplace and Workforce of the Future" Blog / Switch Cowork at World Entrepreneur of the Year2017 - Built in Austin / How To Make Friends At Your Coworking Space2016 - Community Impact / Coworking Spaces Are Turning Austin's Office Environment On Its Head2016 - Eater Austin / Burn Pizza + Bar Turns Into Coworking Space During the Day2016 - Built in Austin / This Startup Wants to Turn Austin's Restaurants into Coworking Spaces During the Day2016 - Community Impact / An Entrepreneur is Turning Unused Austin Restaurant Space2016 - AustinInno / This Startup Wants You To Swipe Your Way Right Into a New Professional Network2016 - WeWork / Tips For Planning a Head Clearing Weekend2015 - Huffington Post / Using Social Media To Find a Job2014 - Tech Cocktail / Startup Women Show Us What They Wear To Work2014 - Entrepreneur Magazine / 10 Phrases Need To Be Banned From the Office2014 - CIO Online / 4 Tips For Creating Business Videos Customer Will Want to Watch
To reach Christa for inquiries focused on startups, millennials, workplace trends, or partnerships, please use the button below. Christa almost exclusively works with serial entrepreneurs, but considers first time founders or pro bono work on a case-by-case basis.