As we all know, February is Black History Month. It’s a month where we honor those who have made an impact on American culture for equal rights, those who have invented, those who have a helped others and those who have inspired everyone to be the best they can be, not only as a person of color but as a human.
As someone in the technology/web/social space, I often travel and attend various events in the industry and notice a huge lack of diversity, and when it comes to getting attention from mainstream media/tech blogs it’s almost impossible. That’s why I’m starting 28 Days of Diversity on SocialWayne.com. The goal of 28 Days of Diversity is to feature someone new everyday for the month of February for just being awesome in their own right. The list will include some of leaders in the social web space, startups, bloggers, conference organizers, IT professionals and friends not ranked in any particular order. Each post will include a picture, bio, two links from the selected person and this paragraph. So for the next 28 days, come back to visit SocialWayne.com to see who’s on the list. For day two, I would like to introduce to some and present to others: Tristan Walker
Tristan Walker has experience across a great number of verticals. After graduating as valedictorian with a 4.0 GPA at Stony Brook University, he went on to work as an oil trader for Lehman Brothers and JP Morgan Chase. Passionate about entrepreneurship, however, he went on to apply and be admitted to the Stanford Graduate School of Business, one of the top business schools in the world.
It was there where he gained an appreciation for tech entrepreneurship, and found his way into an internship with Twitter, Inc. There, He led a team of Stanford students to perform market research on business applications of the Twitter platform as an input for the company’s product roadmap and created original case studies from for both internal and external communications on best practices and compelling use cases for corporate Twitter usage, which became the foundation for a new website section on use of Twitter by businesses (“Twitter 101)
He is now head of Business Development at Foursquare Labs inc (foursquare.com) and responsible for some of the recent brand integrations on the platform, like Metro News (foursquare.com/metronews) and BravoTV (foursquare.com/bravo).
He loves his wife dearly! :)
Come back tomorrow to see who’s next on the list.