Navarrow Wright

  • Navarrow Wright is the CTO of Interactive One, Interactive One is a digital and print 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 include Hellobeautiful, The UrbanDaily, NewsOne, Elev8
    and BlackPlanet. He is also responsible for the technical management of the Radio One Network’s radio

    With more than 18 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. He prides
    himself on showing youth how technology can enable them to achieve their dreams. He speaks to youth
    groups up and down the east coast for various organizations and was recently given a commendation from
    the city of Newark for his work with events that have a positive impact on young people. He has made it
    his mission to be a voice for technology adoption in underserved areas and to ensure that the entrepreneurial
    spirit is developed in urban youth. Wright currently blogs about these issues on his site
    His blog posts have been featured on and the You can also follow him
    on twitter @navarrowwright.

    Navarrow Co-founded with Hip Hop Mogul, Russell Simmons to create a social media site catering to
    the hip-hop perspective, Global With funding from Accel Partners, the primary investors of
    Facebook, “Global Grind’s mission is to be a platform that allowed the urban audience to show its
    depth and breadth,” said Navarrow Wright, founder of Global Grind “by allowing its talented and diverse
    members a place to find all the content that’s important to them, and giving creative entrepreneurs a place
    to monetize their content and showcase it to largest audience possible. This network will be a significant
    value to advertisers who are eager to reach this unique audience in a targeted and meaningful way.” Wright
    successfully launched the product and raised the series A round of capitol. Wright also launched a vertical ad
    network and celebrity blogger network while at Globalgrind.

    Before joining Global Grind, Wright was SVP of Technology for Medical Broadcasting Company, a division
    of the Internet marketing firm Digitas Inc. Prior to that, he served as CTO of Viacom’s BET Interactive. At he created and implemented new technologies growing the Web site 300%, making it the leading
    entertainment online destination for African Americans. It was during his tenure at BET that Wright realized
    there was a need for a platform to showcase and promote all the creative content that is available on the net,
    as well as promote content that is most important to them in a unique way. Which began to shape that idea
    that eventually became

    Navarrow Wright has appeared on Run’s house, Irv Gotti’s show Gotti’s Way NPR’s News and Notes and
    the Steve Harvey radio show. He was picked by Network Journal Magazine as 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. Wright holds a Bachelor of Science degree from
    Rider University in Computer Science.

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    • August 15, 2013
      • 9:00 am - 9:50 amCheck In
      • 10:00 am - 11:00 amHow to Validate a Product Idea on $100 or Less
      • 11:00 am - 12:00 pmListening to your Users and Finding Your First True Fans
      • 12:00 pm - 1:00 pmLunch
      • 12:30 pm - 1:15 pmBreakout Sessions/Startup Clinic