Tristan Walker is a technology entrepreneur who aims to diversify the tech industry by recruiting top young black and Latino/a talent to Silicon Valley. In 2012, he left his position as director of business development at Foursquare to found Walker & Company, a company that creates beauty products for people of color. Its flagship brand the shaving kit Bevel, which is designed for people with coarse, curly hair.
Walker has been named one of Ebony Magazine’s 100 Most Powerful people, Fortune Magazine’s 40 Under 40, Vanity Fair’s “Next Establishment” and was a USA Today Person of the Year in 2014. He is a graduate of Stony Brook University, where he graduated as valedictorian, and the Stanford University School of Business.
CEO, Walker & Company Brands
Areas of Expertise: Technology, Diversity, Education, Branding, Marketing and Communications
Sundararajan’s research program studies how digital technologies transform business and society. His current research focuses on crowd-based capitalism, which he believes will evolve into a dominant model of organizing economic activity in the 21st century, altering how we consume, what it means to have a job, the nature of regulation, and the basis for trust in society. Sundararajan has provided expert input about the digital economy as part of Congressional testimony and to a variety of city, state and federal government agencies. His op-eds and expert commentary have appeared in print publications like the New Yorker, the New York Times and Harvard Business Review, as well as a variety of radio shows and TV programs.
Professor of Information, Operations and Management Sciences at New York University
Areas of Expertise: All Things Digital, The Sharing Economy, The Future Of Work, Tech In Emerging Markets, and Online Privacy
Neal Sales-Griffin is the co-founder and CEO of the Chicago-based tech company The Starter League, which trains young entrepreneurs in web design, development and coding. According to Sales-Griffin, the goal of The Starter League is to “empower passionate people to learn software development, web design and user experience in order to solve meaningful problems through technology.”
His work consulting start-ups and non-profits earned him a spot on 2013’s The Root 100 list honoring the top influencers of the year. He has discussed his entrepreneurial expertise with the business podcast Tasty Trade and is an enthusiastic advocate for technological innovation.
Co-founder and CEO of The Starter League
Areas of Expertise: Entrepreneurship, Start-Ups, Web Design & Coding, Technology Innovation
Hiawatha Bray is a reporter and columnist covering technology and the high-tech industry for the Boston Globe’s business section. Bray’s column Tech Lab features reviews and advice about the newest gadgets and software and appears in the Globe every Thursday. He also records a Tech Lab video podcast available here and on iTunes.
In 2001, Bray was the recipient of an Overseas Press Club award for his series on telephone and internet access in Africa called “Wiring Africa.”
Technology Reporter with the Boston Globe’s Business Department
Areas of Expertise: Technology, Economics of Technology, Tech Industry, Software& Gadgets (Laptops, Mobile Phones, Tablets, Bluetooth, etc.)