Tristan is a design thinker, philosopher and entrepreneur.
He is a leader in the movement for “Time Well Spent” (http://timewellspent.io) to align technology and media with our humanity. Instead of a “time spent” economy where apps and websites compete for how much time they take from people’s lives, Time Well Spent aims to re-structure the design of apps and media to compete to help us live by our values and spend time well.
Tristan was a Design Ethicist and Product Philosopher at Google until 2016, where he studied how technology influences a billion users’ attention, well-being and behavior. He led design sprints with product teams, including a meeting between Google’s lead product designers and Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, international spokesperson for Mindfulness.
Previously, Tristan was CEO and Co-Founder of Apture, which Google acquired in 2011. Apture enabled millions of users to get instant, on-the-fly explanations without leaving their place, across a publisher network of a billion page views per month.
Tristan holds several patents from his work at Apple, Wikia, Apture and Google. He graduated from Stanford University with a degree in Computer Science, focused on Human Computer Interaction, while dabbling in behavioral economics, social psychology, behavior change and habit formation in Professor BJ Fogg’s Stanford Persuasive Technology lab.
Notable Awards & Mentions:
- Rated #16 in Inc Magazine’s Top 30 Entrepreneurs Under 30 in 2009
- Stanford Mayfield Fellow in Entrepreneurship
Read his most popular essay How Technology Hijacks People’s Minds – from a Magician and Google’s Design Ethicist (15 min read).
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