3-2-1: Request for help, Zilker Media, and Coworking

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FIESTA offers a lot to our community. We have a Slack channel, curated resources, a podcast in the works, our monthly female founder event, an enhanced networking experience through KOYA Connect, our large monthly gatherings, workshops, and more. To continue making this possible, we need your help. FIESTA is actively seeking sponsors for 2023. If you're passionate about entrepreneurship and desire to grow your brand recognition, this is the perfect opportunity to get involved. There are limited spaces left for anchor sponsors. Contact us here today.  

➡️ The next FIESTA is on February 21, 2023!  


  • Today’s newsletter shares Samuel Alexander’s founder story, spotlights Morgan Alexander and her work with Zilker Media, shares several upcoming events, and includes two job opportunities.
  • Our recommended book for the week is Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don’t Know by Adam Grant.
  • In the past six months, FIESTA has facilitated 3,000+ in-person connections

Quick Announcements 📢:  

  • As FIESTA is approaching next week, we highly recommend updating your profile to make the most of this event. You have the option to include a profile picture, insert your LinkedIn link, or add a bio.
  • The Table Network has events in three locations this week. Enjoy a time of open networking, curated conversations, and a delicious lunch. They are offering a FREE ticket ($30 value) to 30 first-time attendees. Learn more here and use code “KOYA” at checkout.

Upcoming Events 📅:

Special event: In celebration of Black History Month, mark your calendars for February 28th, 2023, and join 3 Day Startup, DIVINC, Huston–Tillotson University, Google for Startups, and F.I.E.S.T.A. for a special evening of networking and fast pitches by talented Black startup founders! To pitch, SIGN UP HERE,  and to attend, REGISTER HERE.  

If you are female-identifying, join us as we kick off SXSW! Our next Fearless Female Founders gathering is on March 6th.

Explore more upcoming events on the FIESTA calendar!

Did You Know 🧠:

Over the past 6 months through KOYA Connect (the QR code name tags), FIESTA has facilitated more than 3,000 in-person connections. Additionally, we've had the privilege of hosting over 295 investors at our events. If you're looking to network with other founders, investors, or service providers, simply log in to your account and browse through our past events to discover the amazing individuals who comprise our community.

Upcoming Pitches 🎤:

There is room for three more community members to pitch on Tuesday. Read the guidelines and sign up here.

Founder Story 📚:

Meet Samuel Alexander, CEO and co-founder of Concept 2 Consumption, creating a real-time virtual duplication of the whole production and consumption system.

“C2C Fashion and Technology was created to reinvent the fashion industry by enabling the creation of a real-time virtual duplication of the whole production and consumption system. We have developed a combination of ‘smart factories’ + ‘smart networks’ + ‘smart products.’ C2C digital transformation will reshape the fashion industry into a more sustainable and truly customer-driven business.”

Learn more about C2C Fashion and Technology and connect with Samuel here.

We would love to share YOUR founder's story. Fill in this form to be featured.

Community Feature 🕶️:

This week, we are excited to introduce you to Morgan Alexander with Zilker Media. She's been a valuable member of the FIESTA community since last August and it's fun to share more about her work. Founded by a serial entrepreneur, Zilker Media has a heart for helping fellow founders create trust with their audience to amplify their brands.

“When I first heard about Zilker Media, I just knew it was the perfect fit for me! I was excited to join the team and be a part of a group of incredible women who are passionate about making a difference in the world. One of the things that makes Zilker so special is the amazing care and respect they give to their employees. It's like nothing I've ever experienced before, and it makes me feel so appreciated and valued. This same care is extended to our clients and makes me take pride in the work that we do. The fact that Zilker is dog-friendly is such a perk, and it really helps to create a fun and relaxed atmosphere. I feel lucky to be part of such a fantastic company.”

Learn more about Zilker Media and connect with Morgan here.

Interested in sharing YOUR story and how you help founders succeed? Fill in this form to be featured.

Job Opportunities 💸:

  • Alex Griffin: “Seeking enthusiastic students (or anyone with plenty of charisma, energy and charm) to help promote SunShader outside during SXSW next month! Earn a day rate + healthy commission fee on sales. Please email alex@sunshader.com and please share with your people!”
  • Jessie Wang: “Hello everyone, we are currently looking for a UI/UX designer, please reach out to me on here if you or your firm may be interested. Thank you! My company is Twirlista.com.”

Do you have any job opportunities you’d like to share? Post in the #job-opportunity Slack group. Don’t have access? Reply to this email.

Request for Help 👋🏼:

  • Alonso: “Hey guys hope you are doing well! This may be a long shot but whatever hahaha! I have a friend that's coming to town for SXSW and his airbnb got cancelled (he's from germany) looking for a place to sublease from march 9th to the 20th! Any recommendations? Please shoot me a DM and i'll connect you with him!

Helpful Opportunities / Resources 💫:

3 Day Startup in conjunction with Huston-Tillotson University Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation is offering FREE co-working space WHEN: Wednesday’s 12:00PM - 7:00PM & Friday’s 8:00AM - 3:00PM.  

WHERE: 1023 Springdale Rd. Building 12, Suite A (Huston-Tillotson University Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation). Reach out to Erika Haskin with questions.

Special Offers by Founders for Founders 🚀:

Wen Zhang is offering a special SXSW- Get Pitch Ready workshop for the FIESTA Community. More detailsto come but mark your calendars to attend her event on March 1st at 1023 Springdale Rd. Building 12, Suite A (Huston-Tillotson University Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation). The event is from 5:30 - 7:30 PM.

Do you have any special offers you’d like to offer the FIESTA community? Reply to this email.

Recommended Book of the week 📖:

If you want to challenge your thoughts, we recommend Think Again: The Power of Knowing What you Don't Know by Adam Grant.

Warning: Only read this if you are willing to challenge your thoughts. The author shares how we often prioritize comfort over growth and surround ourselves with like-minded people, which can lead to inflexible beliefs. Instead, we should seek out diverse perspectives and approach our thinking more like scientists, being open to the possibility of flawed beliefs.

That's all we have for this week. If you'd like to tell your founder story, be featured as a community member, share a celebration, or ask a question, please respond to this email! We'd love to hear from you.

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