His firm, Walker & Company is a health and beauty company producing products for people of color, and it has raised more than $33 million in startup capital.
Stanford MBA grad Tristan Walker has some serious tech bonafides including stints at Twitter, Foursquare, and four years as entrepreneur-in-residence at Andreessen Horowitz, the private venture capital firm started by Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz.
No doubt he knows his stuff, including calling BS when he sees it. That’s how Walker feels about that nebulous term called “culture fit.”
If you’re a person of color looking for a job, you may have heard employers insisting on finding the right “culture fit.” Heck, if you’re any color you may have heard that term, and Walker says it’s all bull.
On the latest episode of the Recode Decode podcast, hosted by Kara Swisher, Walker says some companies, including startups, use the “culture fit” moniker an excuse to hire homogenous workers.
“Foursquare worked, we got to 150 employees and no one left because we knew who we were,” Walker says on the podcast. “The thing I’ve realized this time around, that I wanted to do from Day 1, is define that.”
Today Walker has his own startup. Walker & Company is a health and beauty company producing products for people of color, and it has raised more than $33 million in startup capital.
On the podcast, Walker talks about how he raised the cash, and the challenges he faced in getting investors to sign on. He also discusses his nonprofit initiative for minorities in tech, called Code2040. And oh yeah, he talks about that “culture fit” thing too.
Take a listen: