January 2023

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➡️ The next FIESTA is on February, 21 2023!  

Quick Announcements 📢:  

  • Curious to know who attended FIESTA on Tuesday? If you attended, take a moment to update your profile and continue making meaningful connections with the FIESTA community! You can view recent attendees and see the connections you made at FIESTA here. Once you’ve signed in, click “Explore the Community.”
  • Have you seen the photos from our most recent FIESTA? View photos from the event HERE. Special thanks to Travis Lilley Photography!
  • We are looking for sponsors for 2023. Is this YOU? If you are interested in having a vast reach in the ATX startup community, please fill out this form.

Upcoming Events 📅:
Next week there’s a pitch workshop for Austin founders on Monday, The Table Network, and Capital Factory’s Open Coworking on Tuesday, Morrison Foerster ScaleUp speaker series about Intellectual Property on Wednesday, and so much more. You can see the full details of each of these events and explore more upcoming events on the FIESTA calendar.  Did you know you can copy events you are interested in attending to your calendar? Click the event and at the bottom select “copy to my calendar.”

Special coworking event: Get work done + meet ambitious people in ATX on February 2nd! This event is hosted by FIESTA and Peak Focus. RSVP here.

Special upcoming event:  If you are female-identifying, mark your calendars and join us for our next event on February 6th at the West Chelsea Contemporary. RSVP here:  GALENTINE’S ATX EDITION.

Recent Pitches 🎤:

  • Chukwudi N. Kanuw/ Humblebrag-- unlock the power of your network.
  • Joshua Diskinw/ Revogreen, inc. a Food-Tech company that leverages the power of mechanical engineering and automation to create top shelf, nutrient rich, plant-based supplement powders that enrich foods and lifestyles.
  • Melissa D Andrews w/ HostHelpr which re-centers the vacation rental industry around local communities by offering a marketplace that connects hosts to industry specific service providers and resources.
  • Zack Blakeney w/ Conscious Creators Community which Guide Entrepreneurs to Permanently Liberate Limits to Unleash their Inner Genius
  • Jen Houstonw/ Peak Focus helps stops distractions and gets you focused.
  • Scott Finkelsteinw/ GreenLight IoT creating software that is transforming Smart building operations into the future.”
  • Destin George Bellw/ a gamified movement app turning any outdoor walking, running or biking into a team game of turf war, where the routes you move through become areas you can claim or steal from other players in your city!
  • Rafaella Thorssenw/ Vlogmi a new social media app for content creators to express their creativity through authenticity
  • Brandon Stover w/ Plato University which is providing a path for aspiring, young professionals seeking meaningful careers. Our programs combine a student’s passions with skill building to solve the world’s greatest challenges.

Member News 🎉:

  • Rafaella Thorssen and the Vlogmi team launched on StartEngine this week!! You can find them at or They’ve already raised around $11,395 and are currently raising at $1/share! The early bird terms end in the next 7 days to get an additional 15% shares.
  • Congrats to Michele Hermes for launching Hubbub, the social media solution for public opinion.

Founder Story 📚:

Meet Robert Balderas, CEO of Bob’s Containers, shipping container homes built with the idea of using them both as standalone homes and investment opportunities.

“I was bored at software developer working for large company. I saw the movie "war dogs"and was inspired to look for and bid government RFP's. The City of Austin had an unusual bid for converting shipping containers into offices for an end of year project. I submitted paperwork at the deadline and was chosen for interview.  Sold myself on the project and a series of comedic events followed that lead to this business getting substantial traction.”

Robert is looking for connection to other entrepreneurs and investors. If his story and company resonate with you, you can connect with him here.

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Job Opportunities 💸:

  • Lesley Robinson: “KS WELI is hiring for a full-time Communications Specialist. Deadline to apply = 1/25. Work as an integral part of the KS WELI, supporting the coordination and execution of the KS WELI’s communication strategy. The Communications Specialist focuses on communicating opportunities for engagement to students, faculty, staff, and the larger entrepreneurial ecosystem at UT, but especially among KS WELI’s five campus partners.”
  • Ken Pomello: "RevStar is looking for someone to join their growing team working part-time as a Community Engagement Specialist. This person would attend events in the Austin area making new connections, building relationships, and championing our services. This would be a commission-only role with a 5% revenue split for businesses closed from referrals. For more information about us check out If you are interested please visit to set up a meeting to learn more."

Request for Help 👋🏼:

  • Will Brennan:Does anyone have a space, or knows of a space that I can host an IRL Rocket League (soccer with real RC cars and a real ball) tournament? Message Will here.
  • Hira: “Folks, is there anyone you recommend to file taxes for c-corps? This is our first year doing it and I am completely overwhelmed.” Message Hira here.
  • Rawad Abou Zaki: “Hello Friends, does anyone have a connection at angelist?” Contact Rawad here.

Helpful Opportunities / Resources 💫:

  • Does your organization have a sustainability challenge to solve? The GSLI is seeking companies and nonprofits to participate in the Fall 2023 LIFT program! Organizations will work with a team of 5 undergraduates and graduates from January to April. Past projects have ranged widely from creating go-to-market strategies for impact start-ups to examining ESG standards for large corporations. Applications are due February 10th, 2023.
  • Morrison Foerster is offering its ScaleUp Speaker Series in Austin. This is a complimentary ten-part series on the legal side of founding a startup. Lunch and parking will be provided. Save the dates and sign up on the FIESTA Calendar to the sessions you are interested in.

Special Offers by Founders for Founders 🚀:

  • Wilco is offering the FIESTA community members a promo code to attend one of the Table Network Events this week which includes a free lunch, networking, and a great community. FYI,  KOYA/FIESTA will be the community spotlight at the Thursday event. Register here: and use promo code "guest"
  • Kurt Walker:“Happy to talk about fundraising perspectives and how you should approach your raise if anyone feels lost.” Message Kurt here.

That's all for today! Do you have any job opportunities, requests for help, special offers, or news that you’d like to share with the FIESTA community? Simply reply to this email.

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Special thanks to, Jennipher Judge Realtor, Evisio, KOYA, Morrison Foerster, and Capital Factory for making FIESTA possible! We’d also like to thank Travis Lilley, Casey Pearce, Ian Davis at Texas Beer Co., and Josh Cliffords at Free Water for providing photography, videography, and beverages at our recent gathering!

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