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Navarrow Wright
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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 GlobalGrind.com 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.” (http://closethedividefor.me). 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
navarrowwright.com and on twitter @navarrowwright.

Wright’s commentary can be followed on www.navarrowwright.com 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.

Entries by Navarrow Wright

There Is No Such Thing as Free WiFi: Understanding the Business of the Internet

(2) Comments | Posted November 10, 2014 | 6:20 PM

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As someone who has been in the technology space for some time, I've always thought about how ironic the term "free WiFi" is and how we really don't understand that it's not really free. Don't get me wrong: WiFi at places like Starbucks,...

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Don't Exploit Ferguson for a Net Gain

(0) Comments | Posted September 15, 2014 | 1:20 AM

Ferguson is one of those situations that forces us to reevaluate where we are as a people, as a culture, as a society and what things need to be improved. Ferguson is about a lot of things (ex. civil rights, racial equality) but the one thing Ferguson it's not about...

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Black In America: Why Black Media Needs to Succeed In Digital to Accelerate Innovation

(6) Comments | Posted December 27, 2011 | 2:40 PM

African Americans Are Trendsetters

We have always been trendsetters whether it's fashion, gadgets, music, or businesses African Americans have been pioneers in most cases. As I think about my early days growing up I realize that it was because of black media that I always known how we impacted the...

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Entrepenuership Should Not Be Limited By Color Or Access In The Wireless Age

(0) Comments | Posted October 28, 2011 | 3:42 PM

To the small business owner, particularly for first time entrepreneurs, the potential for wireless technologies to amplify and improve one's business cannot be understated. Best of all, in an age where wireless services and devices are beginning to rule the day, entrepreneurship can finally become color blind.

As barriers...

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A Tale of Two Job Markets: Black America and Silicon Valley

(21) Comments | Posted August 25, 2011 | 2:43 PM

If you see the news today you should know that that we are still in the midst of an unemployment crisis. Even though things have improved since the height of the recent recession, unemployment levels still are at an all time high. The areas that appear to be the hardest...

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Don't Let Policy Delay the Digital Dream

(2) Comments | Posted June 2, 2011 | 7:53 PM

As a long-time digital entrepreneur and current CTO of InteractiveOne, I could tell you exactly how access to technology and mobile broadband has affected my life. Throughout my career, having access to technology has molded my personal and professional life by giving access to opportunities that were not available to...

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The Empowering Feeling of Creating a Start-Up Should Be Experienced by More of Us

(0) Comments | Posted May 10, 2011 | 10:10 AM

I talk a lot about Internet start-ups. Not just because they are cool and exciting in mainstream way due to the movie The Social Network but more because of the power of the process. Being able to create something and sometimes quickly be able to have it have an effect...

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Broadband for Everyone, But at What Cost?

(2) Comments | Posted May 4, 2011 | 4:21 PM

As a technologist and Internet entrepreneur, I often find myself talking about the potential social and economic outcomes that are made possible with increased broadband access, adoption and use, especially when that access is by low-income people, the underserved and minorities.

At root, I firmly believe that the Internet...

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AT&T/T-Mobile Merger Will Not Hurt Poor, Misinformation from People like Malkia Cyril Will

(8) Comments | Posted May 3, 2011 | 4:45 PM

Recently, Malkia Cyril wrote a post on Politico.com titled "AT&T/TMobile Merger Hurts Poor." I'm glad that it was called an opinion piece because I could not find much fact in it. The piece talks about how low income communities and people of color rely heavily on wireless access....

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Jesse Jackson Jr. Blames iPad for Unemployment But We Shoud Blame Him for Mixed Messaging

(0) Comments | Posted April 19, 2011 | 1:54 PM

Recently Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. took to the House floor to discuss one of the major causes of unemployment, the iPad. He made claims that the device almost single handedly caused the demise of newspaper industry, college textbook manufacturing and the Borders bookstore chain.

"A few short weeks...

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AT&T, T-Mobile Deal Brings Us Closer To A Connected Future

(1) Comments | Posted March 23, 2011 | 8:55 PM

The recent announcement of AT&T's proposed acquisition of T-Mobile from German Deutche Telekom should come as welcome news to entrepreneurs and small business owners across the country. If approved, this union will increase access to 4G LTE networks to 95 percent of the nation -- meaning that real high-speed Internet...

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Winning the Future With Wireless

(0) Comments | Posted March 14, 2011 | 9:11 AM

There seems to be a growing recognition among policymakers that wireless services and
devices are key to "winning the future." In his 2011 State of the Union address, President
Obama outlined his vision for ensuring universal access to high-speed Internet via wireless
networks. Since then, he's been...

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The Internet Removes Barriers Between Us and Celebrities and Empowers Us to Have Our Voices Be Heard

(0) Comments | Posted March 14, 2011 | 8:25 AM

Everyone everywhere has witnessed the public meltdown of Charlie Sheen, whether we want to or not. And whether you're entertained by or disgusted by it, there is no question that you feel like you're a part of it. While we have all read a Star or OK magazine from time...

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This Year's SXSW Conference Shows That Mobile Is the Future

(0) Comments | Posted March 10, 2011 | 9:18 AM

The South By Southwest festival in Austin Texas has become the Launchpad for startups over the last few years with it's unique ability to take a company from unknown to the next hot thing over the course of a few days.

With its multitude of events spread out across...

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Minorities Like Me, The Minority-Led Startup Gap and What It Means for Our Future

(7) Comments | Posted February 17, 2011 | 1:07 PM

For the past two years I've been spreading the message that people of color are missing out on the technology startup revolution. In an era where companies can be founded and within a few years can surpass the market-caps of companies that have been in existence for decades, and companies...

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Are We Ready to Respond to the President's Call for Innovation and Universal Access?

(0) Comments | Posted January 31, 2011 | 7:18 AM

Last week the president delivered what some are calling the most tech heavy SOTU address in history. He called for a stronger focus on innovation and technology education as well a renewed focus on start-ups and small businesses looking to make advancements in technology. The white house is actually unveiling...

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A Few Points to Think About Before You Grab a Verizon iPhone

(0) Comments | Posted January 13, 2011 | 12:06 PM

First of all I have to admit to all of you that I love my iPhone. I can honestly say that there is not a thing that I've tried to do in my professional and personal life that I have not been able to find an app to make it...

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Will Mobile Supply Meet Minority Mobile Demand in 2011?

(1) Comments | Posted January 6, 2011 | 1:20 PM

With all the challenges minorities face in this country with broadband adoption, we still outpace other demographics when it comes to adoption in the mobile space. There are numerous reasons for this, from portability and lack of computer ownership to the multitude of options from major carriers to prepay services...

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An Open Letter to James Rucker

(5) Comments | Posted December 8, 2010 | 11:15 PM

I had several initial reactions to your piece but I knew that others would have knee-jerk, emotional reactions as people often do, and that type of reaction normally fuels these policy debates, but we never really get to real facts. Your article really only brings two feelings for...

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When Adoption is the Goal, Compromise Is Not a Four-Letter Word

(0) Comments | Posted December 2, 2010 | 5:18 PM

After months of heated debate, intense partisan jockeying, goo-gobs of rhetoric being spun left and right and an exhaustive litany of hearings, comments and ex parte filings, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski finally announced that the Commission will, in fact, be voting on net neutrality rules during its December 21 meeting....

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