Hello, I’m Tristan Mace.
I’m an Entrepreneur in Residence at Animal Ventures, a boutique advisory and investment firm that counsels Fortune 100 companies such as Merck and AXA on blockchain, artificial intelligence (AI), and internet of things (IoT).
I also advise several companies and funds including Ipsos and Canary Technologies, as well as serve on the Council of Judges for the National Geographic World Legacy Awards and teach as a guest professor at The University of Texas at Austin.
Back in high school, I learned how to design and code websites — one made Oprah! — so I started an agency. My client book was acquired a year later by a digital firm, and I became its creative director working with clients like JPMorgan Chase and Marriott.
After my freshman year at university, I left to create a startup called Want Me Get Me, which became Thrillist’s “favorite hotel-booking site” before being acquired by a Surface Magazine joint venture.
I then started a luxury travel venture named Skylark with a billion-dollar company as my co-founder. The venture continues to thrive today as Travel+Leisure’s “Best Travel Agents in the World” and backed by Bessemer, 25Madison, Certares, BCD, and others.
Most recently, I co-founded Margin, a retail tech venture with investors including the former CEO of Saks, co-founder of Gilt, and creator of Carlyle Group. Sadly, it failed.
I’ve been honored as a 35 Under 35 and named a “disruptor shaping the next generation” by Travel + Leisure. My work has been featured by The Wall Street Journal, Inc., FastCompany, The New York Times, Bloomberg, and others.
Originally from Texas, I live with my wife, Jordan, in New York City, where we love hiking, queso, and country roads.