STARTUPS & TECHNOLOGY
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 companies. Christa 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 cofounded a coworking startup called Switch Cowork, that turns under-utilized restaurants into shared work spaces. She is a Project Entrepreneur 2017 alumna, a UBS and Rent the Runway intensive program in NYC that supports female founders.
More recently 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. Other affiliations include the Forbes Business Council, Austin Asian Chamber of Commerce, Texas State University Alumni Board, and Austin Under 40 Awards judge.
Christa has been recognized by Austin's Mayor Steve 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.
In 2018, Christa was named a World Economic Forum/ “Davos” Global Shaper. She was also tapped to help Austin Mayor Adler’s re-election team on their millennial campaign. She is a volunteer Deputy Voter Registrar, and via community partners and local startup networks, has launched and operated the Austin Voter Pub Crawls and ATX Startup Vote.
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’s now worked in a variety of organizations including non-profit, lifestyle, agency, political campaign, and startup. Christa stays up-to-date on industry trends and attends events such as: “Davos”/World Economic Forum, 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:
2018Xconomy / No Excuses: Austin Startup Leaders Pledge to Support Voter TurnoutForbes / 6 Habits For Success From Top Female Millennial EntrepreneursCIO / Millennials Are Driving Workplace Automation-- Here's WhyEntrepreneur / 9 Blockchain Influencers For You To FollowForbes / Blockchain Balance Issues: Why the Industry Needs Female Leaders2017Switch Cowork "Workplace and Workforce of the Future" Blog / Switch Cowork at World Entrepreneur of the YearBuilt in Austin / How To Make Friends At Your Coworking Space2016American Inno / The Technology and Comforts Austin Founders Bring on the RoadCommunity Impact / Coworking Spaces Are Turning Austin's Office Environment On Its HeadEater Austin / Burn Pizza + Bar Turns Into Coworking Space During the DayBuilt in Austin / This Startup Wants to Turn Austin's Restaurants into Coworking Spaces During the DayCommunity Impact / An Entrepreneur is Turning Unused Austin Restaurant SpaceAustin Inno / This Startup Wants You To Swipe Your Way Right Into a New Professional NetworkWeWork / Tips For Planning a Head Clearing Weekend2015Huffington Post / Using Social Media To Find a Job2014 Tech Cocktail / Startup Women Show Us What They Wear To WorkEntrepreneur Magazine / 10 Phrases Need To Be Banned From the OfficeCIO Online / 4 Tips For Creating Business Videos Customer Will Want to Watch