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As the founder of Mogul—praised by Sheryl Sandberg as the #1 millennial platform—Tiffany Pham created a global technology and media empire by the age of 27. As living proof that the old rules of success no longer apply, Tiffany writes the new rules for following your passions and forging your own path in an age of disruption.
Traditionally, the word “mogul” has been attributed to men. But Tiffany Pham has redefined it—now, when you Google the word, the top search result is the company she founded: Mogul. The platform enables millions of women, across 196 countries, to connect, share information, and access knowledge.
So how did a young woman—who arrived in the United States without speaking a word of English—turn a dream of connecting women into a fulfilling career and highly profitable company that has changed so many lives?
Tiffany chronicles her path to becoming one of the most successful entrepreneurs of her generation, and offers specific, actionable advice that covers everything from overcoming self-doubt, to pursuing side-hustles, to crushing it at life and work by over-delivering, all while remaining your authentic self. You will learn how to negotiate job promotions, secure and balance multiple career roles, hire and manage teams, and become a mogul yourself. The book also features strategies and insights from ten of the most powerful moguls worldwide, including Nina Garcia, Star Jones, and Rebecca Minkoff.
You Are A Mogul addresses the new reality that few of us will work for one company for our entire career and that there is no one straightforward formula for a “good life”—personally or professionally. To succeed, we have to be agile, flexible, and strategic. You Are A Mogul is an indispensable road map to the kind of life and career that is demanding and challenging—but also exciting and full of opportunities, if you know where to look.
You Are a Mogul INTRODUCTION Four years ago, I sat in my bedroom and began creating a digital platform for women across the world. I wasn’t outrageously ambitious about the numbers of women I would initially reach. I was a twenty-seven-year-old business school grad, working three jobs at once. But I decided to try to build this idea I had on my own, in the hours I had to myself after my jobs were finished each night. Over a period of months, I taught myself how to code, showing my fledgling site to a few people for feedback. And then, I sent it out into the world, unsure of what its impact and reach might be. But I was hopeful it could become a vehicle to show women exactly how much we are capable of—that when we come together, we can rise faster, go farther, and truly change the world.
That platform ended up becoming Mogul, the company that I now run today, with offices in New York City, San Francisco, and Paris. One of the largest platforms for women worldwide, Mogul reaches millions of people across 196 countries through its mobile app, the web, email, social media, books, TV, films, and events. Thousands of jobs are posted on Mogul each day. It offers award-winning Unconscious Bias, Inclusive Leadership, and Gender Equity trainings. It addresses safety at work through cutting-edge harassment reporting tools. Fortune 1000 companies are pledging to Mogul that they will improve how they present women in their communications. For every dollar Mogul earns, the company provides free educational resources to women in need through international partners such as the United Nations.
And though we find ourselves today at the pinnacle of success, it didn’t come easy, and it didn’t happen overnight. My journey, and the journey of Mogul, was fueled by unending determination and resilience, no matter how challenging the circumstances; a perpetual desire to learn more, become more; and the knowledge that, step-by-step, you can do anything you want to do and be anything you want to be.
So if you’ve ever been laid off, shut down, told no, doubted yourself, or been doubted, then look no further. Welcome to our Mogul world, where all of that is about to change. It doesn’t matter how old you are or where you are starting from—anyone can become a mogul. Especially you.
If you’re thinking that it’s not possible because you just don’t fit the powerful businessman stereotype, spoiler alert: that’s not what a mogul is or looks like anymore.
It’s true. Before I launched Mogul, when you Googled the word “mogul,” the top search results were links to businessmen like Warren Buffett and Rupert Murdoch.
But, today, when you Google the word “mogul,” we are the number-one search result. A community of women across the globe, connecting, sharing, and striving to change the world. We are redefining the word for the next generation of girls to know that they, too, can be moguls.
We all have the power to create something great, whether it is a social enterprise, a nonprofit, beautiful artwork that inspires the world, or technology that makes people’s lives easier. I share my story and the story of Mogul so that you can apply every lesson I have learned to your life today, accelerating your own growth, personally and professionally, and reaching your goals sooner than you thought would ever be possible.
And while I may seem polished from the outside in my heels and power dress, know that I’m not all business. Deep down, I’m still the underdog, the one who didn’t believe in herself, the shy girl who moved from Paris, France, to Plano, Texas, struggling to learn a new language and adapt to a new culture all at once. But through the years, I’ve learned to step up to the moment, and to not let self-doubt hold me back. Though I’ve been compared to Fortune 500 CEOs, that’s just not me. I’m used to marching to the beat of my own drum, and to being the youngest in the room, the only female in the room, or the only Asian in the room. I’ve figured out how to not let that or anything keep me from accomplishing what I set my mind to. Even if others said no along the way, I never let that stop me. I’ve consistently made choices that led me to overcome obstacles and achieve new heights much faster than expected. Choices that I want to share with you, so that you can learn to do the same. You’ll also hear from ten of my friends and the most powerful moguls worldwide, including Nina García, Star Jones, Rebecca Minkoff, and more. They share their personal stories and insights, so that you can adopt their learning, too.
Before we get started, a brief disclaimer: I have tried to the best of my ability to recall everything that happened in these pages accurately. But I am human, just like you. I might have gotten a date slightly out of order. I surely hope I didn’t misremember a name or memory. But know that this book is my best attempt to put forth the truth of my life, and the creation of Mogul, while respecting certain people’s privacy.
And know this, too: within you lie the courage and confidence to do what hasn’t been done before, a voice that we desperately need to hear, and the ability to see problems and devise innovative solutions in a way that can truly impact the world.
Becoming a mogul isn’t about becoming rich, although that is a pleasant side effect. It’s about thinking for yourself, identifying and embracing your unique strengths and passions, and using those to make the world a better place.
When we fully step into our power, there is no predicting the heights we can reach.
Tiffany Pham is the founder & CEO of Mogul, one of the largest platforms for women worldwide, enabling them to connect, share information, and access knowledge from each other. A coder, she developed the first version of Mogul, reaching millions of women per week across 196 countries and 30,470 cities. Tiffany was named one of Forbes’s “30 Under 30” in media, Business Insider’s “30 Most Important Women Under 30” in technology, ELLE Magazine’s “30 Women Under 30 Who Are Changing the World,” Good Housekeeping’s “Awesome Women Award” Winner, SE’s “Top 100 Social Entrepreneurs,” the Recipient of the Cadillac “IVY Innovator” Award, a Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards Fellow, Recipient of the SmartCEO Magazine “Smart CEO Award,” Recipient of the "Alice Paul Equality Award," Recipient of the "Innovation & Inclusion Award for Social Entrepreneurship," and a New York Business Journal’s “Woman of Influence.” Tiffany is a judge on the TLC TV show “Girl Starter,” and cohost of the show “Positive Pushback.” She speaks at the United Nations, Microsoft, Hearst, Viacom, Bloomberg, New York Times, AOL, Prudential, Harvard Business School, Wharton Business School, Scripps Research Institute, Columbia, SXSW, Paris, Vienna, Berlin, Panama, and Dubai. She is a graduate of Yale and Harvard Business School.
"Becoming an entrepreneur is tough and I encourage all who are on the journey to be self-aware and use resources to help your hustle match your ambition. You Are A Mogul is one of those tools."
—Gary Vaynerchuk, Founder & CEO of VaynerMedia and New York Times Bestselling Author
"Tiffany Pham has written a manual for how to have the life and career you always imagined. Anything is possible, and this is the must-read book that proves you can make your dream a reality."
—Lo Bosworth, star of The Hills and Laguna Beach and host of Lady Lovin’
"Tiffany’s focus on inspiring young women and helping them find their voice is impressive. In my opinion, few things in life matter more than lifting others up. It will be exciting to watch the long term impact of Tiffany’s work."
—Diana O’Brien, Global Chief Marketing Officer at Deloitte
"A large part of success is persevering and learning to fail forward, without ever feeling defeated. In You Are A Mogul, Tiffany Pham proves that you can turn your dream into a reality, and that it's possible to reach your greatest potential, so long as you never stop persevering."
—Laila Ali, Undefeated World Champion Boxer & Daughter of Muhammad Ali
"Tiffany Pham has done an incredible job of revealing her personal journey, while at the same time, delivering an indispensable guide to life and work with actionable steps you can take to achieve your dreams."
—Alexandra Wilkis Wilson, founder of Gilt Groupe & GLAMSQUAD
"So many women have amazing gifts for entrepreneurship and great business ideas—but don’t have a trusted, inspiring mentor. Tiffany Pham, who built an empire of her own, is that mentor. It's also a must-read for any young woman who needs concrete proof that making it as a woman to the summit of any achievement, is possible."
—Naomi Wolf, former Political Advisor to Al Gore and Bill Clinton, Author of The Beauty Myth
"If you have been looking for a book to help you put your dreams into action, You Are A Mogul is the book to read."
—Susan Lucci, Emmy Award-Winning Actress & Star of All My Children
"Tiffany has been able to build an environment where women all across the globe can come together to support, empower, and inspire each other from all different walks of life. I am honored to be a part of the #IAmAMogul community--not only to contribute but to also learn from women who inspire me daily.”
“Mogul founder Tiffany Pham has the laser focus of a master strategist on a mission. Let You Are A Mogul help you cross boundaries you never knew you had and achieve the life and business you’ve only dreamt about, NOW!”
“As an Olympic Medalist and entrepreneur, determination is key. In You Are A Mogul, Tiffany lays out just how important that trait is for success in any career. The book is a groundbreaking manual for how to reach your potential, and how with hard work, nothing can hold you back from achieving your goals."
—Ibtihaj Muhammad, First Female Muslim-American Olympic Medalist