Tristan Mace is an experienced tech entrepreneur and corporate venture capital investor currently focusing on strategic advisory to C-Suite leaders at Fortune 100 and PE/VC-backed companies. He also occasionally teaches entrepreneurship and innovation as a guest professor at his alma mater, The University of Texas at Austin.
He has served on the Host Committee of a United Nations +SocialGood Global Summit, the Council of Judges for National Geographic’s World Legacy Awards, and the Council of Experts on behalf of the U.S. State Department at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit hosted by President Obama.
Most recently, Tristan was an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Animal Ventures, an advisory and venture capital firm focused on Industry 4.0 — blockchain, artificial intelligence, and internet of things — where he created investment and due diligence strategy for companies like Merck and AXA.
He previously co-founded Margin, a retail/fintech startup working with Walmart’s incubation arm, Store Nº8, and backed by the creator of The Carlyle Group, the Chairman Emeritus of the NRF, and the 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 in the World” and its investors include Bessemer, 25Madison, Certares, Steadfast, and BCD.
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 the age of 14, Tristan started a web design firm after he created a website that appeared on Oprah. The firm’s client book was acquired by Livney+Partners, where he then led as creative director for clients including JPMorgan Chase, United Way, and Marriott.
Tristan has been honored as a 35 Under 35 and named a “disruptor shaping the next generation” by Travel + Leisure. His work has been featured by The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, The New York Times, Fast Company,and others. He’s also lectured to students at New York University and the Fashion Institute of Technology.
Originally from Texas, he lives in NYC with his wife, Jordan, and their puppy, Queso.