Tristan Mace is a seasoned tech entrepreneur and an EIR at Animal Ventures, where he advises Fortune 100 companies such as Merck and VMware on Industry 4.0 investment strategy for blockchain, artificial intelligence (AI), and internet of things (IoT).

Tristan also directly advises several innovative funds and companies including Ipsos and Canary, as well as teaches as a guest professor at The University of Texas.

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 for the U.S. State Department at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit hosted by President Obama.

Most recently, Tristan co-founded Margin, a retail tech startup working with Walmart’s incubation arm, Store Nº8, and backed by the co-founder of Gilt Groupe, the Chairman Emeritus of the NRF, and the creator of The Carlyle Group. Sadly, it failed.

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 backed by Bessemer, 25Madison, Certares, BCD, and others.

Prior to Skylark, he was co-founder and CEO of hotel-booking venture Want Me Get Me before it was acquired by a Surface Magazine joint venture. The startup’s advisors and investors included Dave Morin of Slow Ventures, Jason Stirman of Obvious, Stephen Brandman of Thompson Hotels, and Brad Wilson of Ace Hotel Group.

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, and others. Over the years, he has lectured to students at New York University and the Fashion Institute of Technology.

Originally from Texas, Tristan lives in New York City with his wife, Jordan, and their puppy, Queso.