Norm Worthington has always been willing to make the daring career move.
At New College, he concentrated in environmental studies, but after graduating in 1982 went to law school. Next he taught himself programming and started a software company. He sold his interest in his company, co-founded another software firm and took it public, eventually left that company and started yet another. He tried to retire—and ended up launching his most successful company yet.
As he told a New College microeconomics class in October: Stay alert for creative opportunities, and be prepared to change.
That approach began at New College, he said. “If I’d gone to a more conventional school, I don’t know if this entrepreneurial urge of mine could have taken root and flowered.”
“Flowered” is putting it mildly. When he joined Software Toolworks – that second software firm – in the late 1980s, it developed two of the era’s most successful programs, selling 75 million copies.
In the mid-1990s, he formed a joint venture with international giant Computer Associates, and developed the first system to integrate back-office data systems and make information available over the Internet – the fastest-growing product the company ever released.
After several years as a venture capitalist, he’s now back in the boardroom as the CEO of Star2Star Communications, a cloud-based telecommunications company that lists Enterprise Rent-a-Car, Pizza Hut, KFC, and Michael’s among its thousands of customers. Star2Star has won several awards and been recognized by Forbes, Deloitte and Inc. Magazine as one of America’s most promising and fastest-growing companies.
And Worthington knows one place to look for the creative, change-friendly employees his company needs: More than 20 New College graduates work at Star2Star.