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Star Profile – Tristan Walker, 30

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Founder and CEO of Walker & Company, an Andreessen Horowitz-backed startup

Prior to his founding Walker & Company, that makes beauty products for people of color, he was an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Andreessen Horowitz. He made a name for himself growing Foursquare’s business as one of its first employees. 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.

And he has done all that despite coming from humble origins — a single-parent home inside a Queens, New York public housing complex.

Power advisers:
Ben Horowitz of Andreessen Horowitz (mentor, investor)
Ron Johnson, former CEO of JCPenney, SVP of retail ops at Apple (investor)
Dennis Crowley, cofounder and CEO of Foursquare
Charles Hudson, partner at SoftTech VC
Mark Suster, partner at Upfront Ventures (investor, confidant)

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