Our Story

Day Dreamer's journey began in 2016 when our fearless leader, Mary Walker, had the idea of an all-in-one, local creative resource center.  When she was living in Los Angeles years before, she witnessed first-hand how frustrating it is to find creatives both in and outside of our particular mediums to collaborate with, and thus, building our creative networks.


In early 2017, Mary put her idea into action and began developing Day Dreamer. That December, Mary met Kelsey Peterson during an Austin networking event, originally to collaborate on music. Their two skill-sets worked in such a symbiotic way, Kelsey would later become co-founder of the Day Dreamer you know today.


Day Dreamer launched private-beta in April of 2018 to a variety of Austin creatives and hosts a variety of local events, including the quarterly Build Your Portfolio series. In June of 2018, Day Dreamer was selected to be part of Tarmac TX's 2018 cohort, along with 8 other Austin-based tech startups, and upon graduation, Day Dreamer was selected as a MassChallenge TX finalist in 2019.

The Team

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CEO & Co-founder

From spending the last decade as both a songwriter and producer, Mary has the insight needed to make sure Day Dreamer is solving the major problems creatives face. With an entrepreneurial drive and creative spirit, Mary has the vision to guide Day Dreamer to its fullest potential.

COO & Co-founder

As a multi-potentialite, songwriter, and musician, Kelsey believes that each and every one of us is creative from the very start. With a background in operations and music business, Kelsey brings gumption, passion, and drive to everything she does. 

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Community Director
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Shannon leads community partnerships and helps Day Dreamer connect with local businesses, governments, and artists in order to provide more resources to creatives. Obsessed with creative energy and building community, she has a knack for bringing all types of people together.

Lead Mobile Engineer

With a relentless eye for detail,

Daniel works tirelessly to provide an intuitive and satisfying experience with Day Dreamer to help creative communities everywhere.  Daniel is also involved with music and film production, areas that have led him to be immersed in the intersection of media and technology.  

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Software Development Intern
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A graduating senior from UT Austin, Sam brings a fresh perspective to an overwhelmingly creative team. With a background in business and information systems, Sam is also passionate about intelligent design, radio, and the native Austin community.