Startup Lessons from Tristan Walker, CEO of Walker and Company Brands


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

Prior to his founding Walker & Company, Tristan Walker 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, 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.

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Startup Lessons from Tristan Walker, CEO of Walker and Company Brands

  1. Powered by insights from tristan Walker 10 Startup Lessons from the CEO ofWalker & Company Brands, Inc
  2. This presentation consists of highlights from the interview with Moe Abdou, founder & host of 33voices®.
  3. Tristan Walker Tristan Walker is the Founder & CEO of Walker & Company Brands. Tristan made a name for himself in the tech industry as the Director of Business Develop- ment at Foursquare and most recently as the Entrepreneur in Residence at Andreessen Horowitz. This January, the Stanford Business school graduate is launching a new venture with products uniquely tailored to the needs of men and women of color. Walker also founded CODE2040, a program dedicated to pairing undergraduate and graduate African American and Latino coders and software en- gineer students with Silicon Valley start-ups. @Tristan Walker
  4. 1 The greatest economic opportunities today lie within the demographic shifts taking place. today’s minorities will be tomorrow’s majority.
  5. 2 The consumerism of technology is inspiring a new generation of producers. What’s the one nagging problem that technology can help you solve?
  6. 3 If you remember that your brand isn’t what you say it is, you’ll pay close attention to how the world perceive it. Adjust accordingly.
  7. 4 As you evaluate opportunities, pay particular attention to what’s unpopular; it’s where you’re likely to identify your greatest opportunities.
  8. 5 Entrepreneurship is essentially about getting rich, building a great company or changing the world. align your values accordingly.
  9. 6 As you contemplate your next venture, it’s wise to take seriously the one thing that you wholeheartedly believe in that others may not - and pursue it.
  10. 7 “I didn’t realize my full potential until I realized that the trials you go through and the blessings you receive are exactly the same.” -Tyler Perry to Tristan.
  11. 8 Startup successboils down to a committed group of people working together to do what’s never been done before.
  12. 9 For those who say that you’re thinking too big, ignore them.For those who say that your odds are too slim, be daring. Go solve hard problems.
  13. 10 Your team wants a leader who acts with courage, transparency and empathy. model it and you’ll win their hearts.
  14. 10 Your team wants a leader who acts with courage, transparency and empathy. model it and you’ll win their hearts.
  15. How often are you asking What/If? REALLY REFLECT...
  16. Check out all the cool things Tristan is doing at Bevel!
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