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Tristan Walker's Challenge: 'How Can I Be the Best CEO I Can Be?'

He's a tech darling turned high-profile spokesman for diversity in Silicon Valley. But to truly succeed, he's rethinking everything.

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This story appears in the July 2017 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

"I recognize that in my place as a black man," Tristan Walker says, "everything I do is judged two times in either direction. Two times positively, or two times negatively."

Photographed by Cody Pickens; Grooming: Preston Nesbit

The 40 or so students sitting before him nod. They're assembled here at the Stanford Graduate School of for a class called from Diverse Perspectives, where female and minority entrepreneurs and investors are invited to speak. The hope is to cultivate an appreciation for the value of diversity among the country's next business leaders.

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