Tristan is a design thinker, philosopher and entrepreneur. He is currently a product philosopher at Google working on Design Ethics: how the design of technology influences users’ behavior, attention and well-being.
He is working on an independent design movement for Time Well Spent, akin to the Organic movement for farming, to shift from an attention economy that’s a race to seduce people’s psychological instincts, to an economy competing to create net positive contributions to people’s lives.
At Google, he’s developing a framework to guide product designers on how to align choices with the lives users’ want to live, while supporting their overall well-being and attention. He has led design sprints with various product teams, including a meeting between Google’s lead product designers and Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, international spokesperson for Mindfulness. Previously at Google, Tristan worked on advanced personal assistance and productivity applications.
Before Google, Tristan was CEO and Co-Founder of Apture, which enabled millions of users to get instant, on-the-fly explanations for any topic without leaving their place, across a vast network of online publishers. Google acquired Apture in November 2011.
Tristan graduated from Stanford University with a degree in Computer Science, focusing on Human Computer Interaction, and studied behavior change and habit formation under Professor BJ Fogg in the Stanford Persuasive Technology lab.
Notable Awards & Mentions:
- Rated #16 in Inc Magazine’s Top 30 Entrepreneurs Under 30
- Stanford Mayfield Fellow in Entrepreneurship
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