Tristan was the CEO and co-founder of Apture, a technology company that was acquired by Google in November 2011. He is now a product manager at Google within the Chrome and Apps team.
Tristan is rated #16 in Inc. Magazine’s Top 30 Entrepreneurs under 30. A Mayfield Fellow with the Stanford Technology Ventures Program in entrepreneurship, Tristan had filed his first patents around new information navigation and browsing interfaces by the age of 20, which are now part of the Mac OS X operating system. His work has been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, eWeek, and he has given lectures and talks in conferences and universities across the world, including at MIT’s Media Lab and at Stanford University.
Tristan lives in San Francisco and can often be found playing Yann Tiersen and Beirut in parks, or dancing argentine tango in local milongas. When not evangelizing Apture or thinking about technology, Tristan spends his time thinking about what makes people curious, what inspires empathy, and what changes human behavior. He holds a BS in Computer Science from Stanford, with a focus in Human Computer Interaction.
The best way to predict the future is to invent it. - Alan Kay
Procrastination is the denial of the urgency of death. - Anonymous
Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary. - Steve Jobs, Stanford University Commencement Speech
“Embark!– Consider how every individual is affected by an overall philosophical justification of his way of living and thinking: he experiences it as a sun that shines especially for him and bestows warmth, blessings, and fertility on him; it makes him independent of praise and blame, self-sufficient, rich, liberal with happiness and good will; incessantly it refashions evil into good, leads all energies to bloom and ripen, and does not permit the petty weeds of grief and chagrin to come up at all. In the end one exclaims: How I wish that many such new suns were yet to be created! Those who are evil or unhappy and the exceptional human being– all these should also have their philosophy, their good right, their sunshine! What is needful is not pity for them. We must learn to abandon this arrogant fancy, however long humanity has hitherto spent learning and practicing it. What these people need is not confession, conjuring of souls, and forgiveness of sins; what is needful is the new justice! And a new watchword. And new philosophers. The moral earth, too, is round. The moral earth, too, has its antipodes. The antipodes, too, have the right to exist. There is yet another world to be discovered– and more than one. Embark, philosophers!” – Nietzsche, pp.231-2, The Gay Science.