A $6.9 million bet on a clean shave

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Tristan Walker is no stranger to the startup hustle.

As a first year student at Stanford Business School, Walker emailed Foursquare founders Dennis Crowley and Naveen Selvadurai. He parlayed the email into a job heading up business development for the startup. Walker later left Foursquare to become an entrepreneur in residence at investment firm Andreessen Horowitz.

Now Walker is ready for the next step in his career: heading up his own company.

His new venture, Walker & Company, just raised $6.9 million in a round of financing led by Andreessen Horowitz. It will provide products made specifically for people of color. The idea stemmed from his own experience.

Walker, who is African American, found men’s razors difficult to use due to his hair and skin type. As a solution, the first brand under the Walker & Company umbrella is called Bevel — a six-piece razor kit selling for $59.95 that is designed specifically for people with coarse, curly hair.

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