Olumide Gbenro is the CEO and Founder of Tribe Network, a luxury networking group connecting the most accomplished and diverse entrepreneurs in the world. His platform has allowed people from all fields, from millionaire executives, to the top sports stars in Los Angeles, to network in the same room and provide value. At 28, he is leading the charge of millennial entrepreneurs who see philanthropy and collaboration between entrepreneurs and providing value on both sides as the way to advance society and our communities.
When asked why he is in this field he responds “I started Tribe because I used to attend networking events and go home unsatisfied, there was no real connection with the people in the room and no value being exchanged to help us all grow our companies. Long gone are the meetup days where you arrive to network with others and the room has no energy. I wanted to create a platform for entrepreneurs that was fun and social, but focused on a highly professional and luxurious networking environment; something that we all deserve as entrepreneurs.” Olumide chose entrepreneurship because he wanted the financial freedom that his parents did not have as Nigerian immigrants arriving in this country. “My family came to America when I was age 13 and arrived in the Midwest where we were forced to work long hours for little reward. I saw how hard my parents were working with little benefit, and I wanted a better life for them and my future family. This is what drives me to wake up every day.” “My inspiration doesn’t come from any one person in particular, but one of my favorite millennial entrepreneurs right now is @GerardAdams who is truly leading the charge. In terms of heroes across history Fela Kuti, DaVinci, Jobs, and Zuckerberg inspire me but I would definitely link the tough mentality that my parents brought me up with as the reason I am where I am today. I was taught that there is a solution to every problem and to never to give in, even when things get the toughest.”