Wright, the chief technical officer of InteractiveOne (parent company of NewsOne), was in many ways the spiritual force behind the events portrayed in CNN’s recent edition of Black In America called” “The New Promised Land: Silicon Valley.” Wright was the leading mentor to over a half-dozen hopeful Black tech entrepreneurs seeking funding and support from the tech industry, the “Yoda” to a crowd of young tech Luke Skywalkers.
In a new blog posted on CNN.com, Wright offers an impassioned plea for young Black Americans to view the tech sector as much of an opportunity as they do the world of entertainment:
We are slowly becoming an underclass in a world where opportunities are abundant to others. Since my on experience as a technology entrepreneur, I’ve been committed to creating opportunities for exposure to as many people as I can and connecting with other future entrepreneurs to help them understand the process that needs to followed, level of focus need and the personal and professional awards that await them. So when Angela Benton, one of the NewMe Accelerator founders, asked me to be a mentor for the program, I accepted immediately. The ability to be a part of a process that helps develop minority entrepreneurs was something I quickly and humbly accepted.
So, now that program has been covered in CNN and has become a national conversation. Does race matter in technology entrepreneurship? How can we, as African-Americans, become an active part of this ecosystem? While we all may have different vantage points and opinions on these and the other questions that are being raised, the important thing is that the dialogue is happening across the country. I’ve always believed that in order to make real change, we have to change people’s perspectives and show people examples that they can relate to in order to make the opportunity real. The challenge now is to make sure that enough people see the documentary and have the dialogue continue so that real changes can come of it.