Tristan Mace leads advises early-stage ventures, investment funds, Fortune 500 companies, and impact initiatives.
An experienced corporate venture capitalist and tech entrepreneur, he occasionally lectures at his alma mater, The University of Texas at Austin, on entrepreneurship and innovation. He is also a member of Leadership Now Project, a nonpartisan organization working to fix and protect American Democracy.
Tristan has served on the Council of Experts on behalf of the U.S. State Department at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit hosted by President Obama, the Council of Judges for National Geographic’s World Legacy Awards, and the Host Committee of a United Nations +SocialGood Global Summit.
Most recently, Tristan was a Venture Partner and EIR at Animal Ventures, a leading advisory and venture capital firm for Industry 4.0 — blockchain, artificial intelligence, and internet of things — where he developed Merck and AXA’s global Industry 4.0 investment thesis and strategy.
He previously co-founded Margin, a big data retail/fintech startup working with Walmart’s incubation arm, Store Nº8, and backed by the founder of Carlyle Group, former CEO of Saks Fifth Avenue, and co-founder of Gilt Groupe.
In 2013, Tristan co-founded Skylark, a luxury travel venture, and later led as CEO. He now serves as an advisor, and the company continues as one of Travel+Leisure’s “Best Travel Agents” with investors including Bessemer, 25Madison, and Certares.
Prior to Skylark, he was co-founder and CEO of hotel-booking venture Want Me Get Me before its acquisition by a Surface Magazine joint venture. The startup’s advisors and investors included the founder of Slow Ventures and the CEO of Thompson Hotels.
At age 14, he started a web design firm after designing a site that appeared on Oprah. The firm’s client book was acquired by Livney+Partners, where he led creative for the digital agency’s clients including JPMorgan Chase, United Way, and The Laramie Project.
Over the years, Tristan has guest lectured at Princeton University, New York University, and the Fashion Institute of Technology, and his work has also been featured by The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, The New York Times, and others. He has also been honored as a 35 Under 35 and named a “disruptor shaping the next generation” by Travel + Leisure.
He graduated in-absentia from The University of Texas at Austin with a BS from the Stan Richards School of Advertising & PR and a BFP from the McCombs School of Business.
Originally from Texas, Tristan splits his time between Kansas City and New York City with his wife, Jordan, and their dog, Queso.