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tristan walker

Founder & CEO at Walker & Company Brands, Inc

San Francisco Bay Area
  1. Walker & Company Brands, Inc.,
  2. Andreessen Horowitz
  1. foursquare,
  2. The Boston Consulting Group,
  3. Twitter, Inc.
  1. Stanford University Graduate School of Business
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Walker & Company Brands, Inc.

Walker & Company Brands, Inc.

Founder & CEO

– Present

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Tristan is the Founder & CEO of Walker & Company Brands.

Prior to his founding Walker & Company he was an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Andreessen Horowitz. Prior to his time at Andreessen Horowitz, he was the Director of Business Development for foursquare, where he oversaw strategic partnerships and monetization. In this role, Tristan managed integrations with large brands and media entities including American Express, The New York Times, CNN, MTV, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, and Starbucks. He has been named to Ebony Magazine's 100 Most Powerful People list, Vanity Fair's "Next Establishment," Fortune Magazine's 40 Under 40, The Hollywood Reporter's Digital Power 50, and Black Enterprise's 40 Next. He is also the Founder and Chairman of CODE2040, a program that matches high performing black and latino undergraduate and graduate coders and software engineering students with Silicon Valley start-ups for summer internships. Tristan holds a bachelor's degree in economics from Stony Brook University, where he graduated as valedictorian, and an MBA from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business. He currently lives with his wife in Palo Alto, California.


Founder & CEO

Walker & Company Brands, Inc.
– Present (1 year 5 months)

Walker & Company exists to make health and beauty simple for people of color.

We do this by developing, designing and testing products and services specifically tailored to our community's needs and delivering on the promise of great customer service and an easy, practical shopping experience


Andreessen Horowitz
– Present (2 years 5 months)San Francisco Bay Area

Business Development

(2 years 11 months)

Part friend-finder, part social city-guide, part nightlife game... we build things that change the way people explore cities and explore how software can motivate and reward people for seeking out new experiences.

Consultant (Summer)

The Boston Consulting Group
(3 months)

Prioritize key analyses to drive to actionable insights for a Fortune 500 consumer retailer's new value pricing strategy.

Create a store performance model to assess differences and test key hypotheses regarding store segmentation for the retailer.

Advise the client's marketing and information systems teams on the development of a value promotion (coupon) strategy through various social media outlets, like Twitter and Facebook.


Twitter, Inc.
(5 months)

Led a team of Stanford Graduate School of Business students (during 1st year of business school) to perform market research on business applications of the Twitter platform as an input for the company’s product roadmap

Created original case studies from for both internal and external communications on best practices and compelling use cases for corporate Twitter usage, which became the foundation for a new website section on use of Twitter by businesses ("Twitter 101")

Synthesized product feedback from interviews with business customers into product recommendations to senior management


Stanford University Graduate School of Business

MBA, Business Administration and Management, General

Boston Consulting Group Scholars Program

Activities and Societies: Entrepreneur Club Product Design and Manufacturing Club (President) Stanford d.School

State University of New York at Stony Brook

BA, Economics, 4.0

Class of 2005 Valedictorian

Activities and Societies: Phi Beta Kappa International Honor Society Summa Cum Laude Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO) Career Program Participant

The Hotchkiss School

Volunteer Experience & Causes

Founder, Chairman

– Present (2 years 9 months)Science and Technology

We're Bringing Amazing Minority Engineering Talent to Silicon Valley.

The CODE2040 Fellows Program matches high performing black and latino undergraduate and graduate coders and software engineering students with Silicon Valley start-ups for summer internships, and also provides them with the insight, networks and support to ensure their successful participation in the high tech innovation economy.

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Honors & Awards

40 Under 40

Fortune Magazine

The Next Establishment

Vanity Fair

Black Enterprise "40 Next"

Black Enterprise

Forty black 21–35 year olds were identified to be the ones to make a measurable impact within their respective businesses over the next 40 years

Digital Power 50

The Hollywood Report

20 to Watch


Mediaweek 50, AdweekMedia's annual compilation of these "indispensables," focuses on individuals that advanced innovation, revenue and influence for their companies, often under a ton of pressure.'s 100: History Makers in the Making


TheGrio’s 100 are 100 people making history today — 10 people in 10 fields of expertise: Business, Health, Education, Science & the Environment, Media, Pop Culture, Arts & Culture, Service & Activism, Politics and Sports. The body of your work cannot yet be complete. Folks who have already seen the height of their careers are not on this list. This list is for people who still have work to do. We also looked at scale. It’s one thing to influence a small community or a certain group of people — but we specifically targeted history makers who have the potential to make changes and who offer inspiration to not just one neighborhood, not just one group of people — but to all of America.


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  • Commerce
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Mobile Devices
  • Start-ups
  • Strategy
  • Business Development
  • Product Management
  • Corporate Development
  • Strategic Partnerships
  • Marketing
  • Executive Management

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