2013 The Root 100

Tristan Walker is one of Silicon Valley's youngest and most successful executives.

  • Influence: 192.0
  • Reach: 12.29
  • Substance: 7.4
  • Media Mentions: 123
  • Internet Mentions: 56100
  • Twitter Followers: 279664
  • Tristan Walker

  • Entrepreneur-in-residence for Andreessen Horowitz, one of Silicon Valley's biggest venture-capital firms.
  • Job: Silicon Valley executive, philanthropist
  • Sector: Business
  • Twitter: @tristanwalker
  • Location: Palo Alto, Calif.
  • Age: 29
  • Bio: As one of the earliest employees of Foursquare (and with a great story about how he hustled his way in there), Tristan Walker has been one of Silicon Valley's youngest, most visible black movers and shakers. Not one to forget his humble Queens, N.Y., roots, Walker also is the founder of CODE2040, which gets highly motivated young students of color into tech internships. "There aren't very many folks that look like me in positions of leadership in the valley," concedes Walker. "I think when you bring education and access together, you can really begin to be successful." Walker, who joined Andreessen Horowitz in the summer of 2012 as an entrepreneur-in-residence, has moved on to start a new venture. Walker isn't publicly discussing his next move just yet but details are to come.Visit his website.
  • Fun Fact: Walker has a "Trisbot" designed in his likeness -- an avatar with a crown on its head.