Navarrow Wright, CTO Interactive One/ Founder, Close the Divide Project, discusses black men and boys can close the divide by solving the perception problem.
Navarrow Wright is the CTO of Interactive One, Interactive One is a digital division of media company Radio One, the largest media company focusing on the African-American and urban market. As CTO Wright is responsible for the technical strategy of all the Interactive One online properties, which service of 9 million visitors per month.
Their portfolio includes 5 national site, 65 radio sites and two social products. Wright also was the co-founder of Globalgrind.com w/ Russell Simmons and was the CTO of BET (Black Entertainment Television) Network’s interactive division leading the growth
of BET.com from 2000-2006. Wright is also an advocate for increasing diversity within the technology industry and was featured on CNN’s black in America series. He was also picked By Black Enterprise Magazine for their “Next Steve Jobs list: The 10 people
to watch in Technology” in 2012. Wright was selected to be a part of Verizon’s
“Celebrate Our Stories” Black History Month campaign where Verizon chooses
influential African Americas to share their keys to success, elaborate their achievements and share how they are helping to create a better tomorrow.
He recently launched the “Close The Divide” project http://closethedividefor.me, which
aims to increase awareness about the digital opportunity to underserved audiences. Wright has spoken at major conferences such as SXSW and has been interviewed on various media outlets such as NPR & Techcrunch, Wright also blogs for several publications including the HuffingtonPost and is a Linkedin Influencer. You can follow him on his blog :navarrowwright.com and on twitter @navarrowwright
Navarrow Wright, founder of the Close the Divide Project, explains that a shift from a digital divide to a "perception divide" is keeping communities from taking advantage of the opportunities in tech.