Tell me if this has ever happened to you: A well-known person in your field loses their job with impressive company X. Deep, deep inside you feel a vague sense of guilty satisfaction. They weren’t that talented anyway, you tell yourself. This will clear room for more up-and-coming talent, you say.
At 18, Tristan Walker had never even heard of Silicon Valley. By the time he turned 30, the New York City-native could boast of successful stints at cornerstones like Twitter, Foursquare, and as an entrepreneur in residence with the legendary venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz.
Franklin Leonard started his company while on vacation. Sorta. In 2005, the then-film executive was tired of slogging through mediocre, unsolicited scripts and wanted something good to read on his upcoming trip. So he emailed 100 film industry friends and asked them to list their favorite unproduced scripts.