About

Hello, I’m Tristan Mace.

I’m an Entrepreneur in Residence at Animal Ventures, a boutique advisory and investment firm that counsels Fortune 500 companies and invests in startups of new technologies including blockchain, AI/ML, and IoT.

I also advise startups and investment funds, 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 also served on the Council of Experts at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit for the U.S. State Department and on a host committee at the United Nations.

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.