Entrepreneur explains the science of turning imagination into reality

This week on Leaders and Legends, host Aileen Black interviewed Tiffany Norwood, CEO of Tribetan.  Norwood is a serial entrepreneur, including seven start-ups, two IPOs and a patent. Her ventures have ranged from the first one-strap backpack, to the automation technology behind self-install kits for broadband internet, to heading up a virtual reality gaming platform. In her 20s, she raised $670 million to fund a start-up at the time, WorldSpace/XMRadio.

Tiffany Norwood, CEO of Tribetan

Norwood has an MBA from Harvard University and a bachelor’s in economics, with a concentration in statistics and electrical engineering, from Cornell University. Tiffany was raised in Washington, D.C. and has lived, worked in and visited nearly 50 countries.

Topics of conversation included:

  • Being a woman of color in the tech industry over the last decades: Norwood shared her strategy for dealing with bias and how she utilized networking to elevate her success.
  • The art of storytelling and the importance of mastering this art for success: Storytelling is a skill and mastering it can help you at any stage of your career or life. “I raised over $600 million in my 20s. I can say with certainty that imagination, storytelling and collaboration makes anything doable,” Norwood stated.
  • The changing technology landscape and the role innovation will play in our future: She discussed the sudden advancements in automation and artificial intelligence, as well as the need to keep people central over machines.
  • “Excitantic,” or the combination combination of excitement and panic: “There is a stereotype that people who do bold things, and convince others to go along for the ride somehow have a mystical ability to avoid fear, anxiety or panic. Not true,” Norwood said. “The only difference is that in that chaos, they maintain faith.”
  • The Tribetan Method and what skills are needed for any stage of your life: “At Tribetan we teach the entrepreneur and innovation skill sets to everyone for success in business, school and life” she said.