Tristan Walker, CEO of Walker & Company, explains how he is building an empire focused on solving the acute health and beauty problems of multicultural consumers.
First, you’ve got to build and create something people want to talk about.
Walker & Company’s CEO Tristan knows a thing or two about making the cut. Born in South Jamaica, Queens, Walker rose through the ranks, achieving success at influential startups like Foursquare and Twitter, as well as prominent firms like Andreessen Horowitz and The Boston Consulting Group. He has made his way onto lists such as Fortune Magazine's 40 Under 40 in 2017 and USA Today’s Person of the Year in 2014. But it wasn’t always this way.
“The minute I started hearing ‘no’ I knew I was onto something very special,” says Walker. At first, investors balked at his Bevel Shave System, which uses a single safety blade razor to give people with coarse or curly hair a flawless shave. Yet he knew his innovative product was going to change lives because Bevel changed the lives of other people of color around him.
Once celebrities and investors such as Magic Johnson and John Legend recognized his potential, Walker was able to grow his company to new heights. His product now reaches thousands of people across the country. In this episode of Access & Opportunity, Carla Harris speaks to Walker about his path to success and how his technology is transforming the beauty and care industry.
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