Startup Hustle: Gabriella Zielke, CEO, Tech Wildcatters

Startup Hustle showcases leaders in technology, startups, and entrepreneurship across North Texas. Not your typical news story, this weekly series gives an inside look at the personalities of the diverse and multi-faceted people who make the DFW startup community so special. Be sure to check in every Fridays for this series. 

Name: Gabriella Zielke 

CEO, Co-Founder of Tech Wildcatters. 

Hometown: Rockwall, TX

Current Neighborhood: Preston Center—in a highrise and love it! Office is downtown at 211 North Ervay. Uber is 10 minutes each way and now I don’t own a car 😉

Describe your typical day in one sentence: There is nothing typical about any of my days, which is how I like it.

What was your first job? Hostess at Pizza Inn – yes they bake gross stuff in those if you’re rude to them or don’t tip…you’ve been warned.

Define a “startup hustler” in 140 characters: A startup hustler is a no excuses, get shit done kinda person who create their own reality and brings others along with them.

What’s your drink? Red red wine.

Finish this sentence: “Dallas got it right when…” We started caring about walkability. Still a ways to go, but we’re on the right track (no pun intended).

What can Dallas do better? We need to spread the word/tell our stories OUTSIDE of Dallas.

What can’t you live without? I can’t imagine life without my teenage son, but I guess I’m going to have to soon! Now I also can’t live without my husband.

Finish this sentence: “The show you’ll catch me binge-watching is…” Game of Thrones.

What’s the best place to get coffee in Dallas? Stupid Good!

It’s been a great day, where do you go to celebrate? The pool in my building.

Pandora or Spotify? Pandora

Who motivates you? I’m most motivated by trying to set a good example for my son.

Tell us a random piece of trivia about yourself. I really like writing science fiction.

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Raquel Vincent is a Dallas-based creative with a knack for words and inspired creative direction. When she's not working, you can find Raquel hitting a gallery opening, working on her book, or thrifting for unforgettable vintage finds. She loves music festivals, tacos, and her rescue cat Berlioz.