Hello, I’m Tristan Mace.

I’m a designer turned entrepreneur.

In high school, I learned how to design and code websites — one even made Oprah! — so I started an ad agency. My client book was acquired two years later by a larger firm, and I became its creative director working with clients like Marriott and United Way.

After my freshman year at university, I left to create a hotel-booking startup acquired by Surface. Then I co-founded a luxury travel venture with a billion-dollar travel agency. We called it Skylark, and it’s backed by the parent of American Express GBT.

Mostly recently, I was the co-founder of Margin, a retail tech venture with investors including the former CEO of Saks, co-founder of Gilt and creator of The Carlyle Group.

I’ve served on the Council of Experts at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit for the U.S. State Department, judged the National Geographic World Legacy Awards, been on the host committee at the United Nations and spoken at the world’s largest Entrepreneur Week conference. I’m also an alumnus and guest professor at The University of Texas (hook ‘em!).

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.