When you think of Tiffany Pham, you definitely think of the word Mogul, but for more than one reason. This maven powerhouse is the mastermind behind Mogul, the online publishing platform for women, and today she tells us about her desire to create change in the world, how she’s doing that now, what she personally struggled with along the way and the best advice she's received.
Twitter handle: @onmogul
Location: New York
Occupation: Founder and CEO of Mogul
School: Yale; Harvard Business School
Secretly Obsessed With: Cards Against Humanity
On My Nightstand: My glasses
Last Thing You Read: #GirlBoss
How did you get started?
While I was in undergraduate school at Yale, I often thought about what I could create to change the world. I thought it would be through politics or media. After I graduated, I went to Harvard Business School and had various jobs that suited my interest: I worked at CBS and HBO, with the Beijing government and I also worked as a feature film producer making documentaries. However, I knew there was something more I could create on my own. I thought about what was lacking in current social platforms and media: a dedicated space where women from all of the world could connect and receive information personalized to their interests. I taught myself how to code so that I could build the platform myself from scratch, and used my knowledge of the media and tech industries to create the many facets of the site. And then Mogul was born and quickly reached over a million women.
What is one thing on your bucket list?
To travel to more remote, adventurous places.
Tell us about your daily routine?
I like to have one-on-one catch up meetings with individual team members, so I like to start off my day by taking one of them out for breakfast. No two days are the same, but I usually spend them meeting with investors, our advisory board and press to discuss how we can sustain and grow the company. I also encourage daily brainstorming sessions with my team so we can support each other and outline our goals for the week.
What key elements played into your success?
Resilience, discipline, passion and hard work each night. I truly believe that Mogul has the ability to change the lives of millions of women, and that’s what keeps me focused and inspired.
What’s the best piece of advice you received?
My father always told me, “Fail forward.” He encouraged me to never to take no for a final answer, and to keep moving forward until I found the “yes.
What struggles did you face getting to this point?
When I first started Mogul, I struggled with my confidence and believing in my own idea. There were times when I would second guessed myself, or should have set higher expectations, but I always thought back to my end goal which was to create something that ultimately made women more successful.
Who was the biggest influence in your professional life?
My grandmother, who democratized media throughout Asia. She believed in providing people with access to pertinent information. When she passed away when I was 14 years old, I vowed to carry out her legacy.
What accomplishment are you most proud of? When do you feel most successful?
I’m most proud of creating a platform that’s creating global impact, and building a company that supports its mission. I feel most successful when we receive emails, tweets and comments from our users that tell us how Mogul has changed their lives.
What advice would you give to girls looking to enter your industry/space?
My advice for anyone aiming to build a platform or to create a product is to worry about perfect later. Prototype rapidly to get your idea started, and then iterate over time to reach perfection later. I also stress the importance of education (formally and informally) and to empower other girls and women.