As a global serial entrepreneur, Tiffany Norwood has done seven start-ups, spanning six continents and has had two IPOs. An entrepreneur before it was popular, she did her first start-up as a teenager more than thirty years ago and had a patent by the age of twenty-three. Her ventures have ranged from the first one-strap backpack, to the automation technology behind self-install kits for broadband internet, to a virtual reality gaming platform today.
In her late twenties, she raised $670 million to fund a global digital satellite radio start-up, WorldSpace, which included XMRadio for the United States. After raising the money, she became Head of International Business Development and did some of the first ever digital content licensing deals, including Bloomberg News with Michael Bloomberg and CNN International with Phil Kent. Tiffany was also an early collaborator with the Fraunhofer Institute and their MPEG technologies, spending many nights at their labs in Erlangen, Germany in the 1990s. MPEG Layer-3 and MPEG Layer-4, are now known as MP3 and MP4 and both WorldSpace and XMRadio went public. By the time Tiffany left WorldSpace, it had launched 3 satellites covering the world, had offices in more than seven countries and nearly 400 employees.
As a social entrepreneur, she was a co-founder and corporate vice president of Ethiopia Healthcare Network (EHN), a non-profit that provides full-service healthcare to low-income women and children in Ethiopia. As of today, Ethiopia Healthcare Network has treated more than 10,000 patients at its partner clinic in Addis, and built a full service hospital in Dukem, which is operated by the local government.
Currently, Tiffany is the Founder and CEO of Tribetan. In this role, she speaks globally on the science of turning imagination into reality, leveraging the currency of faith in others and the natural connection that exists amongst the seven billion people in the world- her dream is that the entrepreneurial skill set of manifesting ideas is as well known as reading, writing and math. Some of her past venues include Cornell University, the Italian Parliament, Platform Summit, Global Entrepreneurship Week, Dev4Ethic, KPMG UK, Center of American Studies, the Creative Business Cup, the Mexican Embassy and others. Tiffany is also Co-Founder of Emortal Sports, a virtual reality e-sports gaming start-up and an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Georgetown University.
Tiffany has an MBA from Harvard and a Bachelor’s in Economics with a concentration in statistics and electrical engineering from Cornell University. She has lived, worked and visited nearly 50 countries. Tiffany believes in the power of imagination and storytelling to make ideas real. She encourages everyone to tell the story of their dreams- everywhere, anywhere and all the time.