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Tristan Walker

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Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Entrepreneur

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Oxtail
Favorite Time of Year:
Autumn
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Jamaica
Favorite Quote:
The Trials You Go Through And The Blessings You Receive Are The Same.$

Birthplace

Born:
7/5/1984
Birth Location:
Queens, New York

Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Entrepreneur

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Oxtail
Favorite Time of Year:
Autumn
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Jamaica
Favorite Quote:
The Trials You Go Through And The Blessings You Receive Are The Same.$

Birthplace

Born:
7/5/1984
Birth Location:
Queens
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Biography

Entrepreneur Tristan Walker was born on July 5, 1984 in Queens, New York to Bettie Walker Harris and Roger Vassar. Walker attended Cadwallader Colden School and J.H.S. 185, Edward Bleeker School in Queens. Walker then received a full scholarship to attend the Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, Connecticut. Upon graduating in 2002, Walker went on to obtain his B.A. degree in economics from Stony Brook University in Stony Brook, New York in 2005. He then earned his M.B.A. degree from the Stanford Graduate School of Business in Stanford, California in 2010.

Walker started his internship at Lehman Brothers, Inc. in New York City in 2005, where he eventually accepted a full-time position as an analyst and trader and served until 2007. Walker was then hired to work for JPMorgan Chase and Co. as an analyst and trader, and served in that position until 2008. During graduate school, Walker also held internships at the Boston Consulting Group and Twitter, Inc. In 2009, Walker accepted the director of business development position at the startup company, Foursquare Labs, Inc. In 2012, Walker founded the non-profit organization CODE2040, to promote diversity in the technology industry. After leaving Foursquare Labs, Inc. in 2012, Walker worked as an entrepreneur-in-residence at the venture capital firm of Andreessen Horowitz, located in Menlo Park, California. In 2013, Walker founded and served as CEO of Walker and Company Brands, Inc., an African American health and beauty products company. Walker and Company Brands, Inc.’s products included the Bevel shaving line for black men, and FORM Beauty, a women’s hair care collection designed for all hair textures launched in 2017.

Walker was named the USA Today Person of the Year in 2014. In the same year, Walker also was featured on Creativity 50 list The Most Creative People of the Year. In 2017, Walker was later featured on Fortune Magazine’s ’40 under 40’ list, Ebony magazine’s ‘100 Most Powerful People’ list and the Hollywood Reporter’s ‘Digital Power 50’ list.

Tristan Walker and his wife, Amoy Toyloy Walker, have one son, Avery Walker.

Tristan Walker was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on November 29, 2017.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Tristan Walker's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Tristan Walker lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Tristan Walker describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Tristan Walker lists his siblings, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Tristan Walker shares his memories of his father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Tristan Walker describes her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Tristan Walker describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Tristan Walker remembers the South Jamaica Houses in Queens, New York
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Tristan Walker talks about his early interest in education
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Tristan Walker talks about his mother's work ethic
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Tristan Walker remembers his male role models
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Tristan Walker describes the demographics of the Flushing neighborhood of Queens, New York
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Tristan Walker remembers his home in the Flushing neighborhood of Queens, New York
  • Tape: 1 Story: 14 - Tristan Walker describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 15 - Tristan Walker talk about the stereotypes of people on welfare
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Tristan Walker remembers his admission to the Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, Connecticut
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Tristan Walker describes his experiences at the Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, Connecticut
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Tristan Walker describes his social life at the Hotchkiss School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Tristan Walker talks about the conflict over do-rags at the Hotchkiss School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Tristan Walker recalls his aspirations during high school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Tristan Walker recalls his decision to attend Stony Brook University
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Tristan Walker remembers the attacks of September 11, 2001
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Tristan Walker recalls his internships with Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc.
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Tristan Walker remembers working for Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. in London, England
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Tristan Walker remembers his early relationship with his wife
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Tristan Walker remembers dating his wife
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Tristan Walker remembers working for Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Tristan Walker describes his experiences as an energy commodity trader
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Tristan Walker describes his reasons for leaving Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Tristan Walker recalls his decision to attend the Stanford Graduate School of Business
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Tristan Walker recalls the cost of Stanford Graduate School of Business
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Tristan Walker describes his influential coursework at the Stanford Graduate School of Business
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Tristan Walker talks about the importance of soft skills for business leaders
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Tristan Walker recalls his start at Twitter, Inc.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Tristan Walker describes his internship at Twitter, Inc.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Tristan Walker remembers joining Foursquare Labs, Inc.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 12 - Tristan Walker describes his monetization strategy for Foursquare
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Tristan Walker talks about the launch of the Foursquare application
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Tristan Walker talks about balancing his education and career
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Tristan Walker talks about the monetization of new media platforms
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Tristan Walker recalls securing venture funding from Andreessen Horowitz
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Tristan Walker recalls his idea for Walker and Company Brands, Inc.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Tristan Walker describes the products of Walker and Company Brands, Inc.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Tristan Walker describes the marketing strategy at Walker and Company Brands, Inc.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Tristan Walker talks about his company's hair regimens
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Tristan Walker talks about his investments from prominent African Americans
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Tristan Walker talks about developing the market for the Bevel razor
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Tristan Walker talks about the availability of Bevel products
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Tristan Walker describes his hopes for the future of Walker and Company Brands, Inc.
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Tristan Walker describes his corporate and personal values
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Tristan Walker reflects upon his life
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Tristan Walker shares his advice to young African American men
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Tristan Walker talks about Code2040
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Tristan Walker describes his hopes for Code2040
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Tristan Walker describes his hopes for the African American community