Walker & Company makes beauty and health products for people of color. Prior, Tristan was the first African American entrepreneur in residence at the venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz. He is also the founder of Code2040, a program that connects Black and Latino coders with Silicon Valley startups for summer internships. Tristan speaks with Jessica Harris about how he built Walker & Company, from scratch. Listen to the interview
In our weekly edition of What it do? What it do? Wednesdays We will discuss Bevel creator Tristan Walker and all the hair & shaving products he is creating for minorities. Listen to more episodes at www.thelifextimesoferic.com
Live From HIBT Summit: Payal Kadakia, Tristan Walker, and Perry Chen on Innovation
How I Built This with Guy Raz
Our second episode from the 2021 How I Built This Virtual Summit is from our innovation panel with Payal Kadakia of ClassPass, Tristan Walker of Walker and Company, and Perry Chen of Kickstarter. In this live conversation with Guy, the panel talks about how innovation doesn't require newness, but rather, authenticity. We'll be releasing more episodes from the Summit, so keep checking your podcast feed.
“Every company in 20 years, when folks of color are the majority of this country, if they do not have a plan to serve this audience with empathy, I believe that they will not exist.” - Tristan WalkerTristan Walker is the Founder & CEO of Walker & Company Brands. Walker also serves on the Foot Locker, Inc. (FL), Shake Shack, Inc. (SHAK), and Children's Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA) Board of Directors. Fortune Magazine named him as one out of 50 of the “World’s Greatest Leaders.” In 2018, Walker & Co. was acquired by Procter & Gamble. Walker became the first Black CEO under the Procter & Gamble umbrella in its 180-year history (founded 1837). His flagship brand Bevel also became a category leader with distribution in Target and Walmart stores across the nation.Prior to his founding Walker & Company he 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. He has also been named a USA Today Person of the Year, TIME 100 Next, Ebony Magazine's 100 Most Powerful People, Vanity Fair's "Next Establishment," Fortune Magazine's “40 Under 40,” AdAge “Creative 50,” Black Enterprise's “40 Next.” He is also the Founder 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 a MBA from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business. He currently lives with his wife, Amoy, and two sons, Avery and August, in Atlanta, Georgia.Yours To Create’s theme and interludes are by Maisie Bull. More of Maisie’s work can be found HERE
Turning your unique experience into a strength with Tristan Walker, Founder and CEO of Walker & Company
Tristan is the Founder and CEO of Walker & Company, a leading CPG company making health and beauty simple for people of color. Walker & Company 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 & Company raised over $30M in venture funding from funds like Andreessen Horowitz, IVP, Collaborative Fund, GV, Upfront and Felicis. Walker & Company was acquired by Proctor & Gamble in 2018. Tristan is also the founder of CODE2040, a non-profit dedicated to promoting diversity in the tech industry, and is on the boards of both Foot Locker and ShakeShack. Tristan has been named USA Today’s Person of the Year, was on Fortune’s 40 under 40 list, and was on Ebony’s 100 most powerful people list. In this episode, we get into: How Tristan leveraged his own unique lived experience The importance of identifying an opportunity based on your own unique lived experience How to turn your unique experience into a strength How to react when someone tells you the market you’re in isn’t big enough The power of optimism and authenticity Why focus is so critical in the early days and what happens if you lose it The six values that guide all of Tristan’s decisions Why the secret to freedom is ownership
Tristan Walker, CEO and Founder of Walker & Company Brands
Building Black Biz
Host Kenya Gibson is joined by Tristan Walker, CEO & Founder of Walker & Company Brands. Tristan talks about how he pivoted from Wall Street to starting his own company after looking for beauty, hair and skin products to cater to his needs. Tristan goes on to talk about creating something from the ground up and being a successful business owner and leader.
Tristan Walker: Companies Need a Plan to Serve Diverse Customers
Fed up with razor blades that irritated his skin, and tired of walking down “ethnic” beauty aisles, entrepreneur Tristan Walker decided to start his own company. In 2013 he launched Bevel, a suite of shaving products designed for Black men. Walker & Company Brands was acquired by Procter & Gamble in 2018, making Tristan the first Black CEO of a P&G subsidiary. In this episode of Leadership Next he tells Alan Murray and Ellen McGirt that he believes all companies should have a plan to serve customers of color. “Every company in 20 years, when folks of color become the majority in this country, if they do not have a plan to serve this audience with empathy, I believe that they will not exist.” Walker believes the global pandemic may have accelerated opportunity for employees of color, and he shares his outlook on the likelihood of lasting change in the wake of this past summer’s social justice uprising. Also in the conversation: why Walker sold his startup to the giant P&G, his complicated feelings around venture capital, and advice for other Black entrepreneurs.
3. Learn from every “no,” w/Walker & Company’s Tristan Walker
Masters of Scale with Reid Hoffman
Tristan Walker: Founder and CEO of Walker & Company, Investor, and Board Member
Next Play Perspectives
Tristan Walker always knew he had it – but having the ability, or the potential, or even the ambition isn't always enough when you are black kid from the projects. What started as a chip on his shoulder to prove he could make it, get rich, and overcome long odds to success has evolved into much more. Those early dreams were all accomplished by age 30, and this founder and CEO now has different motivations. He runs Walker and Company, a health & beauty company focused on people of color, which was acquired by Proctor & Gamble. He also sits on two public company boards (Foot Locker and Shake Shack), has a family, and spends much of his time trying to lead or inspire others with the example he sets. He is clear and deliberate about his values and in his desire to do business and share life with people who share those values. As an investor, he's shifted from accumulation to preservation, and mostly now supports people or projects he wants to see succeed in the world. Enjoy this conversation that journeys into the mind and ethos of this authentic leader.
In this episode, Tristan Walker discusses his company’s mission to create health and beauty products for people of color, navigating the retail landscape during the pandemic and fostering greater diversity in the corporate world. The interview is moderated by Goldman Sachs' Alison Mass.Date: September 9, 2020This podcast should not be copied, distributed, published or reproduced, in whole or in part, or disclosed by any recipient to any other person. The information contained in this podcast does not constitute a recommendation from any Goldman Sachs entity to the recipient. Neither Goldman Sachs nor any of its affiliates makes any representation or warranty, express or implied, as to the accuracy or completeness of the statements or any information contained in this podcast and any liability therefore (including in respect of direct, indirect or consequential loss or damage) is expressly disclaimed. The views expressed in this podcast are not necessarily those of Goldman Sachs, and Goldman Sachs is not providing any financial, economic, legal, accounting or tax advice or recommendations in this podcast. In addition, the receipt of this podcast by any recipient is not to be taken as constituting the giving of investment advice by Goldman Sachs to that recipient, nor to constitute such person a client of any Goldman Sachs entity.Copyright 2020 Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC. All rights reserved.