I worked with Tristan for years while at 500 startups. Not only was super helpful to all of the teams helping them develop solid fundraising strategy (ask, pitch, timing of emails, the actual how to run...more the process and stay organized), he was also always a sound moral support for founders who were both daunted and confused with the journey of building a tech startup. His continual bright energy was supportive, but not blindly optimistic...thus, helped founders set very realistic expectations amongst investors and team members. Any team would be lucky as hell to have T Pollock on their side.Dominic Coryell
Tristan is your all weather go-to man. If shit is doing well, he will take you out for drinks, have a good time and give you nuggets of incredible advice for how it can be even better. If shit hits the...more fan, he will sit with you and figure a way out. Lucky to have him as a part of Headout.Varun Khona
I’m an outgoing, open, and loyal team leader. If you like personality assessments, I’m a Collaborator in The Predictive Index and my DiSC is iS, which means I’m inclusive, humble, affirming and like to generate enthusiasm. All true. I love building communities and starting movements.
Kept up with Tristan's work since he was at Best Buy. Relied on many of his insights on a number of projects I've worked on through the years.
For Tristan Pollock's work at Best Buy
Tristan is a creative thinker who brings people together and gets things done. Social Earth came out of nowhere to become a key media channel for the social entrepreneurship sector under Tristan's leadership. I'm excited to see what he does now with Storefront.
Co-founder @startsomegood. Serial social entrepreneur. Experienced community oragnizer, communications strategist, adviser to nonprofits, businesses and govt's.
Tristan is a values-first dude who works and works and works to create amazing products. He's also a wonderful team player who works well with others to get things done. I have so much faith in the good work that Tristan does, both with Storefront and with all of his endeavors. Also, personally, he's supported me in my work with a previous company, Everywun. I've been grateful for his passion, commitment to service, and impeccable work... anyone who works with Tristan is a lucky person!
Founder @italist • Worked at @bain, @diamond-cluster • Studied at @bocconi-university, @esade-business-school
Tristan is your all weather go-to man. If shit is doing well, he will take you out for drinks, have a good time and give you nuggets of incredible advice for how it can be even better. If shit hits the fan, he will sit with you and figure a way out. Lucky to have him as a part of Headout.
Founder of SoundBetter. 15 years music/audio/marketing experience. Director Product Marketing at Waves Audio, Product Marketing at Apple
Tristan is a huge proponent of the #viceconomy. Tristan understands that millennials spend more money on experiences with friends then on physicals goods that clutter their urban apartments. He's smart, cool and thoughtful.
Founder @backlotcars • Worked at @ally-financial-smartauction, @manheim-auctions
Tristan is amazing! He has been the mentor to Funderful while at 500Startups in SF. He was not just super supportive, and gave super valuable advice, and helped with lots of introductions, but he was also great emotional support while going through the ups and downs of rushing through the accelerator program. You are my favorite person in SF (and beyond) :)
CEO of Funderful, helping universities get their young alumni to donate • Led advisory arm at @deloitte-consulting, @ernst-young
Tristan and I worked together at 500 for over a year, through my time there he was open, honest, and a valuable resource to our community at large. If you need to tackle problems creatively then he's your man.
Tristan is an entrepreneur, deal maker, crafted wordsmith and passionate connector who here to founders and startups. He stands at the intersection between Art, culture, technology and community. Look forward to collaborate in the future and learn from the smile that he has.
Co-Founder & CEO of Blume. Forbes 30 Under 30. @500startups @allard-school-of-law-at-ubc
Tristan has a remarkable ability connecting with people. After meeting him for coffee several years ago, he invited me to Indochino's media launch event for their San Francisco pop-up, which Tristan made happen through Storefront. I went only intending to write about the experience, but had such a great time and ended up buying a suit. It's still the only suit I own. Tristan helped create the experience for me. If you have an opportunity to work with him, go for it.
UC Berkeley undergraduate; member of the CAL rowing team; Project Manager at the San Francisco Housing Action Coalition (SFHAC)
I worked with Tristan for years while at 500 startups. Not only was super helpful to all of the teams helping them develop solid fundraising strategy (ask, pitch, timing of emails, the actual how to run the process and stay organized), he was also always a sound moral support for founders who were both daunted and confused with the journey of building a tech startup. His continual bright energy was supportive, but not blindly optimistic...thus, helped founders set very realistic expectations amongst investors and team members. Any team would be lucky as hell to have T Pollock on their side.
Tristan possesses a rare combination of creative, analytical and people skills that make him a triple threat when it comes to the help and guidance he can provide a startup. In our time in 500 Startups, Tristan went above and beyond to help our company grow and he continues to reach out, showing his commitment to our success.
Founder @gigmor, @troubadour-digital-media • Worked at @aol • Studied at @queen-s-university, @ecole-nationale-des-ponts-et-chaussees
Tristan has been a great resource for us as our business is a marketplace of sorts. He has proved extremely valuable in helping us pitch investors and refine our vision for the passenger entertainment experience.
"Startup-master" is the phrase that comes to mind when I think about Tristan. I had the pleasure of meeting Tristan at a "Podim" conference in Europe, after which he became an Advisor in our company. He is a great mentor with much patience, always ready to listen. I was impressed by Tristan's in-depth knowledge in startup-business, but even more with his ability to pass it to others. His expertise is impeccable. I have learned more in the last two months with Tristan than I have in the previous year alone. Tristan is a great mentor, but what is more important a great person. I enjoy working with him!
Entrepreneur * Industrial engineer
Founder/CEO at Look@
A relentless hacker who never quits, always open to a new opportunity. Looking for a win-win.
What's the most useful business-related book you've ever read?
The Silk Roads - it's not directly a business book per se, but it tells about the movement of commerce over the last 2000+ years and I think history and the spread of ideas can tell you a lot about the future and how leaders lead.
What's your favorite non-business book?
Infinite Jest - it's a modern-day War and Peace at around 1000 pages. Incredibly smart, it talks about everything from the future of technology to addiction to family drama to espionage. It's crazy, hard to read, but very rewarding at the end.
What words of advice would you give your younger self?
We created the world today, so we can create any world we want to see in the future.
What's the most creative thing you've ever done?
Paint a street art mural, grow a startup, and (coming soon) build a pyramid for AfrikaBurn.
Which founders or startups do you most admire?
Elon Musk because of his focus on making major moonshot changes to society. Also, anything creative or impact oriented.
What's your super power?
Building a movement around an idea.
What's the best way for people to get in touch with you?
"True wisdom comes to each of us when we realize how little we understand about life, ourselves, and the world around us."
What aspects of your work are you most passionate about?
Culture of the internal organization, inspiration of a brand movement, and the community power coefficent of both.
What was the most impactful class you took in school?
Psychology, sociology and history.
What's something you wish you had done years earlier?
Learned music production and spent more time on public art.
If money were not an issue, what would you be doing right now?
Making more mysterious art.
What's an obstacle you've overcome?
Moving to San Francisco on zero salary while starting my 2nd startup. On 3 days notice we got into the AngelPad accelerator. We packed up and left MN, lived two companies deep (four founders) in a one bedroom apartment for 3 months, & barely slept.