Tristan Walker

Founder, Walker & Company Brands

Tristan Walker has an MBA from Stanford, which is not uncommon in Silicon Valley. It's where he was earlier in life that separates him from his peers: he grew up in a Queens housing project. His experiences inspired him to found CODE2040, a mentorship program for black and Latino STEM students whose goal is to make the tech sector a true meritocracy. He has been an entrepreneur-in-residence at Andreessen Horowitz and was business development director at Foursquare. Walker & Company Brands, a beauty and wellness company, is launching its first product line, Bevel, in February 2014.