Christa Freeland is an entrepreneur and Managing Director at Powershift Group, a startup studio that founds, funds, and scales tech and early stage companies between a small network of business leaders. In 2015, she created a young professional's networking app called The Dime Club.
She has also started a coworking concept, called Switch Cowork, that turns under-utilized restaurants into shared work spaces. She was then accepted into the NYC intensive program Project Entrepreneur, a UBS and Rent the Runway joint venture to support female founders. Christa is also on the judging panel 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 $200k fund on a portfolio of over 30 non-profits addressing various areas of accessibility to technology.
Showing strong intuition, ambition, and talent for 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.
Christa has enjoyed speaking at The University of Texas at Austin, Texas State University, and 3 Day Startup. She has been mentioned in print and online, national and local publications such as Forbes, Entrepreneur Magazine, Huffington Post, WeWork Blog, CIO, and more.