As a global serial entrepreneur, Tiffany Norwood has done seven start-ups, spanning six continents and has had two IPOs.

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.

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”

-Eleanor Roosevelt

What you imagine is important. Your dreams matter. There is a reason why you were born and you must have the courage to fulfill it. The dream is not to be judged-it’s to be enjoyed. It’s personalized and specific to you. Nothing is too bold, or too frivolous. All that matters is that it is authentically yours.

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“Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.”

-Steve Jobs

Storytelling is a key part of making your dreams come true. Why? Because you will need others to connect with your dream, or you, or ideally both, to achieve your dream. The source of the connection is the story. That is all you truly have in the beginning, it gives clarity to the destination you are moving towards and acts as a beacon for your believers.

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“Surround yourself with only people who are going to lift you higher.”

-Oprah Winfrey

It’s your tribe that will help you realize your dream. You may have to wear a few hats, when you begin your dream quest, but you can’t wear them all. In business we refer to the tribe as an ecosystem –of employees, partners, investors –customers. What’s most important is that it is a tribe of believers. You must attract your tribe. Don’t hunt for that big shiny coin, that large company that you think you must have to be credible–saying “work with me, work with me, work with me.”

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“Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.”

-Henry Ford

Creating something from nothing is hard work. It is impossible to do it alone. The bigger the dream the more help you will need. That is why you have a tribe to help you, especially when you are stuck. In my decades of being an entrepreneur I have never seen someone have their idea stolen, then taken to market and then scaled. About 2 products are ever launched for every 3,000 ideas; only 10% of new ideas receive patents; and, only 2% of those patents issued are ever a commercial success. The risk is less than 1%. Read More

“Thought allied fearlessly to purpose becomes creative force; he who knows this is ready to become something higher and stronger than a mere bundle of wavering thoughts and fluctuating sensations; he who does this has become the conscious and intelligent wielder of his mental powers.”

–As A Man Thinketh

The foundation of success is your ability to lead yourself, to never give up, and to maintain faith. Faith is the rock; confidence, the sand. The only valid reason to discontinue is if you decided, for whatever reason, no longer believe in your dream. Not just because it is hard.

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“Although nature commences with reason and ends in experience, it is necessary for us to do the opposite; that is to commence with experience and from this to proceed to investigate the reason.”

-Leonardo da Vinci

The straight line only exists in the past. When creating something from nothing, entrepreneurs and other applied dreamers, experience a storm of chaos, periodically hitting a milestone, as we spin towards the achievement of our dream. Then when we reach the end, we look back and tell the story of the milestones, as a straight line. But that straight line never exists in the present or in the future.

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