Navarrow Wright Founder: Close The Divide Project

Navarrow Wright has emerged as one of the distinctive and insightful voices in America and a premier expert on how the convergence of technology, the Internet, mass media and social media can change lives, businesses and society.

He is the president of Maximum Leverage Solutions, a consulting firm the works with startups, businesses and brands in the areas technology and product strategy. Working with clients such as Soledad O’Brien’s Starfish Media Group and Google. Wright has served as CTO of Radio One’s online division Interactive One, CTO of Black Entertainment Television and as co-founder of with Russell Simmons. Wright raised the funds for the venture from Accel Partners, who were also the leading investors in Facebook. His latest company “NxtScreen” will be launching 1rst quarter this year.Wright recently launched the “Close the divide project.” ( Wright’s vision for the initiative is build awareness among underserved communities (minorities and women) about the opportunities that technology can provide in key areas such as education, healthcare, career growth and entrepreneurship. He currently travels the country speaking to various groups about the importance of closing the digital divide and the opportunities for economic parity available through technology entrepreneurship. But he wanted to do more, so he decided to create something that would allow him to reach as many people as possible and put a face to this issue and Close The Divide. With more than 20-years experience in the technology and media industry, Wright has established himself as someone who can conceptualize and develop advanced technology solutions for leading global organizations. Wright’s unique understanding of the Internet space and ability to marry those technical advances with consumer demand has placed him as one of the premier technology experts in Internet and media.

Navarrow Wright has appeared on Run’s house, Gotti’s Way and the Steve Harvey radio show. He was picked by Network Journal Magazine as one of the their “ 40 Under forty” professionals to watch in 2009 and selected by the Innovation Generation as one of the nation’s top 100 GenerationNEXT and Information Technology leaders. He recently took part in the CNN Black in America series, which aired on November 13th 2011 and focused on blacks in technology. He was also picked By Black Enterprise Magazine for their “Next Steve Jobs list: The 10 people to watch in Technology” in 2012. He has been invited to the White house on several occasions to be involved in discussions on how policy changes can help with technology adoption and is considered an expert on the convergence of technology and media.

Wright was selected to be a part of Verizon Innovator’s “Celebrate Our Stories” campaign where Verizon chooses influential African Americas to share their keys to success, celebrate their achievements
and share your own tips for a better tomorrow. Wright is a sought after public speaker that 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 and on twitter @navarrowwright.

Wright’s commentary can be followed on and through appearances on leading media outlets. Network Journal Magazine selected him as one of its “40 Under Forty” professionals to watch in 2009, and Innovation Generation chose him among its top 100 GenerationNEXT and IT leaders. He especially enjoys speaking to youth and inspiring them to achieve their dreams.

Wright holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Rider University.

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