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Achilli Matteo Egomnia Founder/CEO
Ansel Dominque Dominique Ansel Bakery Owner
Antebi Marcus JuicePress Founder
Avino Mariella Palazzo Avino Owner/CEO
Barker John Barker/DZP Founder/President
Bassett Jennifer Jennifer Bassett Events Owner
Bastianich Lidia Felidia, Eataly, Del Posto Owner
Belfort Jordan Straight Line Systems Founder
Berman Sarah The Berman Group Founder/President
Black Cathie Hearst Magazines Former Chairman
Blumenstein Penny JDC President

Borries/Stefano Philippe/Justin Refinery29 CEO/Founders
Bowen Arabella Fodors Editor-in0-Chief

Bragman Howard 15 Minutes PR Founder/Chairman
Brodsky Howard David Barton CEO
Burke David David Burke Group Owner
Carter Will Burner App/AhHoc Labs Co-Founder
Cassidy Sean DKC President
Chapur Rafael Hard Rock Inclusive Resorts COO
Chevanne Antione Groupe Floriat CEO
Chong Alexandra LuLu Founder/CEO
Church Jeff SUJA Juice Founder
Cuomo Cristina Modern Luxury EIC
Cutler Elizabeth SoulCyle Co-Founder
Dadich Scott WIRED EIC
Darabi Soraya Zady Co-Founder
Davis Peter Scene Magazine EIC
Desseigne Dominque Groupe Lucien Barriere CEO
Doyle Patrick Domino's President/CEO
Ducasse Alain Alain Duccase Restaurants Owner
Dufresne David Bandzoogle CEO
Evans Annie Beautified App Co-Founder
Feeley Tom Sole Hotels Owner
Ferdman Michael Firstborn Founder
Foster Stuart Luxury Brands, Hilton VP of Marketing
Freid Brandon Sanctuary Hotel President
Georges Elie Hotel San Regis President/Owner
Gillis Neil Round Hill Music President
Godfrey Jay Jay Godfrey Founder
Goldstein Tara Brookfield VP of Marketing
Gomes Philma Cape Grace Hotel DOSM
Guest Cornelia Cornelia Guest Cookies Owner
Harrison Phil Perkins+Will CEO
Hendry Ricky Isaora Founder
Hiltzik Matthew Hiltzik Strategies President/CEO
Hofstetter Sarah 360i CEO
Hostettler Daniel Ocean House Management President
Humm Daniel Eleven Madison Park Owner
Huvane Stephen Slate PR Partner
Ivan Sir Peaceman Foundation Founder
Jackson Lisa LJ Cross Jewelry Founder/CEO

James Paul Starwood Luxury Collection Global Leader
Javian Michelle Harboring Hearts CEO/Co-Founder
Kaplow Liz Kaplow Communications Founder/CEO
Karan Donna DKNY Founder
Karlitz Herb Karlitz & Company Founder
Katz Allen NY Distilling Company Fonder
Kenner Nick Just Salad Founder
Kepmner Michael MWW Founder/President
Kessler Richard The Kessler Collection Chairman/CEO
Kliegerman Stephen Halstead President
Kolodny Shawn VIP Room Managing Director
Kunkel John 50 Eggs, Yardbird CEO/Founder
Labrecque Paul Paul Labrecque Owner
LaForce James LaForce + Stevens Founder/CEO
Le Calvez Didier Le Bristol Paris CEO
Lee Stacy Brazilian Court Hotel DOSM
Leggett Jaimes M&C Saatchi Australia CEO
Lekach David Dream Water Founder/CEO
Leyland Chelsea Chelsea Leyland Owner/Producer
Ljunberg Jenny C/O Hotels, Maidstone Owner
Ljung Alex SoundCloud Founder
Lo Anita Annisa Owner
Maccioni Mario Maccioni Group Partner
Malin/Goetz Matthew/Andrew Malin + Goetz Founders
Mamone Tony Livingly Media Founder/CEO
Martin Amy Jo Digital Royalty CEO/Founder
Matsuhisa Nobu Nobu Restaurants Owner
Mazar Mike Tenthwave Partner
Morimoto Iron Chef Morimoto Owner
Moscot Zack MOSCOT Creative Director
Murphy Sean Jetsetter EIC
Murphy Rhona The Daily Beast CEO
Musolino Sheila Ronald McDonald Chairty VP/COO
Nardoza Edward WWD EIC
Novogrod Nancy Travel + Leisure EIC
Olay Pablo PaddilaCRT VP
Osher Shaun CORE Founder/CEO

Pauli Dimitri Sant Ambroeus Owner
Pechar Edward McCormick/360 Vodka Chairman
Pecker David American Media Chairman/CEO
Perkins Lynn UrbanSitter Founder/CEO

Preysman Michael Everlane Founder/CEO

Rabin David Skylark, Lambs Club Owner
Reckford Jonathan Habitat for Humanity CEO
Rondeau Chris Planet Fitness CEO

Ronson Charlotte Charlotte Ronson Owner
Rotten Lilian Swissotel VP
Rousseau Linda Singita Group DOSM
Russell Charles Stribling & Associates DOSM

Sawyer Linda Deutsch CEO
Schoenberg Bruce Oasis Spa Owner
Senbahar Izak The Mark Hotel Owner
Siegel Alan Siegelvision CEO
Silvstedt Victoria Very Victoria Silvstedt Owner
Spencer Miles Mojiva/TrustCloud Founder
Spindel Janice Serious Matchmaking Owner
Steinberg Leonard Urban Compass President
Steinberg Richard Warburg Realty Managing Director
Tahlin Jonas Absolut Elyx CEO
Tanaka Patrice PaddilaCRT Founder
Tarkoff Rob Lithium Tech CEO
Tetrick Joshua Hampton Creek CEO/Founder
Thomson Amy ATM Artists President
Torossian Ron 5W PR Founder/President
Van der Meer Antonia Coastal Living EIC
Verschleiser Eli American Jewish Congress Treasurer
Vongerichten Jean-Georges Jean Georges Restaurants Owner
Wagner James Emory University President
Wales Jimmy Wikipedia Founder
Westergren Tim Pandora Founder
White Alex Next Big Sound Co-Founder
Wiedlin Andy BuzzFeed CRO
Wilcox Alex JetSuite CEO
Winter Alexandre Placemeter CEO/Founder
Wolffer Marc Wolffer Estate Vineyard Owner
Wunderman Lester Wunderman Chairman/Founder
Zecher Linda Houghton Mifflin Harcourt President/CEO

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Beauty Boss: Tristan Walker, Founder/CEO of Walker & Company

Before Walker & Co., Tristan was an Entrepreneur-In-Residence at the venture capital firm, Andreessen Horowitz. Prior to this experience, he was the Director of Business Development for the mobile search application, Foursquare. In this role, Tristan managed integrations with large brands and media entities such as American Express, The New York Times, CNN, MTV, Starwood Hotels & Resorts and Starbucks. 

How did you get into the tech industry?

I’ve always had a passion for technology and I got my start working with Foursquare as one of its
earliest employees and knew consumer technology was an industry I wanted to play in. Foursquare really taught me the importance of user experience and design and leveraging technology to scale a brand in impactful ways. After Foursquare, I knew I wanted to start a company that solved important everyday problems for consumers and Walker & Company was born.

Tell us about Walker & Co. What inspired the idea and what is your vision for the company?

At Walker & Company, our purpose is to make health & 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 shopping experience.

I started Walker & Company because I felt personal care manufacturers and traditional retailers are neither building brands nor merchandising experiences that cater to the uniquely differentiated needs of Black, Latino and Asian consumers three of America’s fastest growing and most culturally influential demographic groups. We can do better. These consumers deserve better.

We're inventing a new class of ecommerce company that will build beloved consumer brands, win on customer experience and reinvent the way consumers learn about, purchase and enjoy health and beauty products.

What industry trends are you noticing and how do you capitalize on them?

We see two.

First, the demographic shift happening in this country is way more profound than folks think. I fundamentally believe that the opportunity to serve black, Latino and Asian consumers is the greatest opportunity of my lifetime.

Second, the best advertising has always been word of mouth integrity coming from one customer to another and we believe online provides us the most efficient way to build lasting brands and drive word of mouth and mindshare which inevitably leads to market share.

These shifts matter. These shifts are real.

Life Motto?

You don’t get what you don’t ask for.

Walker & Co's Motto?

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

Your greatest success as founder of Walker & Co? Most difficult moment how did you
overcome and what did you learn?

My greatest success has been my ability to recruit and retain colleagues who I believe to be best in class at what they do. I’m inspired by their work every single day and I couldn’t be more excited to build a lasting business with them. I’m also proud of the diversity of the team. Majority women, majority minority and they’re all fantastic leaders. I couldn’t be happier that our team makeup is reflective of what America is to become!

Your advice to an aspiring entrepreneur?

The trials you go through as an entrepreneur and the blessings you receive are the same things.
Those trials are simply lessons for entrepreneurs to learn from and we should all be thankful we
can be afforded the opportunity to go through those to be even stronger leaders.

Favorite travel destination?

Jamaica, without question

One food and drink left on earth, what would you choose?

Bacon Cheeseburger + Vodka Soda

What literature is on your bed stand?

Race Against The Machine by Erik Brynjolfsson

Role model business and personal?

Andrew Carnegie. He truly believed that the noblest possible use of wealth was to give much of it
away to improve society. A true hero.

Current passion?

Our newborn son, Avery. He is everything.

Most interesting headline you've read this week?

“Following Bose sponsorship deal, NFL bans Beats headphones during broadcasts” Amazing given Beats’ rise to cultural dominance and will be interesting to see whether the NFL can contain this on the sidelines and elsewhere.

What's next for Walker & Co?

Keep building. We have a fairly ambitious roadmap and you’ll be hearing from us very soon. New products for Bevel and also new brands for Walker & Company. We couldn’t be more excited about them. Stay tuned!

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Tristan has been included in Fortune 40 Under 40, The Root’s 100, EBONY’s 100 Most Powerful people list, Vanity Fair’s The Next Establishment, The Hollywood Reporter’s Digital Power 50 and Black Enterprise’s 40 Next. He’s also the founder and chairman of CODE2040, a nonprofit organization that creates pathways to educational, professional, and entrepreneurial success in technology for underrepresented minorities with a specific focus on Blacks and Latinos/as. Tristan holds an MBA from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business and currently lives in Palo Alto, CA with his family.

The vision of Walker & Co. is to build the world’s most consumer-centric health & beauty products company, by re-inventing the way our community learns about, purchases and enjoys health and beauty products. Walker & Co. plans to do this by developing, designing and testing products and services specifically tailored to the needs of people of color and delivering on the promise of great customer service and a simple shopping experience.

To learn more about Walker & Co., check out this video.

This is how Bevel work…

  • Bevel is a three-step system that is designed to prepare, protect and repair your skin.  The priming oil softens your skin and hair in preparation for your shave.  The exfoliating badger brush lifts hair at the root when applying the shave cream, which protects your skin during your shave.  Finally, the restoring balm heals and repairs your skin after your shave. 
  • The Bevel razor is a re-engineered version of a single-blade safety razor, specifically designed to cut your hair right at skin level.
  • Multi-blade razors cut hair in a manner causing it to retract below the skin level leading to ingrown hairs.  Hair removal creams contain harsh chemicals that can potentially result in burns, blisters and dark spots. Bevel’s approach to shaving is safe, effective and will give you the smoothest shave you’ve ever had.

To learn more about Bevel, visit www.getbevel.com