With a global and unique perspective on everything, Tiffany Norwood often creates years into the future and has been a pioneer in multiple industries, including digital broadcasting, broadband internet, digital music, ed-tech, esports, and more. Her startups have impacted billions of people in more than 150 countries. She is known worldwide as a changemaker. Norwood was recently named the 2022 Entrepreneur of the Year by Cornell University, the first black woman to receive this lifetime achievement award in its nearly forty-year history.
Norwood first became a CEO while a junior at university, filed for a patent at the age of 19, licensed her first software code for a multibillion-dollar bank merger at the age of 24 and, by the age of 27, Norwood did something that no other entrepreneur has done since – she raised over $670 million dollars to fund a start-up called WorldSpace. As early space entrepreneurs, WorldSpace used that money to launch three satellites into space; build the first-ever global digital radio platform, including XM Radio; support the development of MP3/MP4 technologies; and, at the request of then-President Nelson Mandela, invest in a new generation of solar-powered satellite radio receivers to help in his campaign for truth and reconciliation.
Norwood is one of few global serial entrepreneurs and one of the first successful black female tech entrepreneurs. With a career spanning 35 years, eight start-ups, and multiple exits, she has personally worked in more than 50 countries. Currently, Norwood is transforming education and disrupting sports as the Founder and CEO of Tribetan and a Co-founder of SimWin Sports. Using technology, music, video, and animations, Tribetan is teaching the world how to be more innovative and entrepreneurial for success in business, school, and life. SimWin Sports is a digital sports league platform, with tokens, online betting, and esports fantasy tournaments. SimWin announced its new platform at the 2022 Super Bowl.
Norwood is a highly respected and sought-after global speaker on entrepreneurship, innovation, and leadership. She has spoken around the world at venues including the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the Newseum, the European Parliament, Cornell University, Yale University, the Italian Parliament, Platform Summit, Intel, the Creative Business Cup, KPMG UK, Georgetown Law School, the United Nations, ABC News, and many others. Her most iconic performances are “The Power of We,” “The ROI of Faith,'' and “Hermione Rising”. These talks make the business case for unity, trust, and practice.
Norwood has a bachelor’s degree in economics, with a concentration in statistics and computer science, from Cornell University, and she rowed varsity crew her freshman year at Cornell. She has an MBA from Harvard.