Omar Wasow

Founder of Social Networking Site BlackPlanet.com

Omar Wasow’s keen insider’s perspective, sharp wit, and anecdotal style captivate audiences and reveal web-related marketing and business strategies that work. In fact, Successful Meetings Magazine named him one of the “21 Top Speakers for the 21st Century.” His stories of actual online successes and failures—as well as the many ways the Internet is transforming our social, political, and economic futures—provide a compelling new vision for life online.[pull_quote name="Telecommunications Regulatory Commission"]Omar was a breath of fresh air. His points were key to our local industry and he commanded the full attention of the audience. Could not have been more pleased.[/pull_quote]

BIO

Described by The New York Times as “Silicon Alley’s Philosopher-Prince,” the work Omar Wasow has done as the Executive Director of BlackPlanet.com and the Internet Analyst for NBC has earned him a reputation as a leading commentator on the challenges and opportunities of new media and the new economy. Whether online or on-air, Wasow constantly works to demystify technology issues and provide an accessible window into the geek world he lives and loves. In that capacity Wasow tutored Oprah Winfrey in her first exploration of the Internet in the 12-part series Oprah Goes Online. Wasow’s success as a credible and friendly guide to the Internet led Newsweek to name him one of the “fifty most influential people to watch in cyberspace,” and People to call him the “Sexiest Internet Executive.”

Wasow has also achieved remarkable success as an online entrepreneur. A perpetual pioneer, he founded the visionary cyberspace community, New York Online, in 1993 and guided the Internet presence of such illustrious clients as Consumer Reports, The New Yorker, Pfizer, Samsung and the Government of Martinique. His success in web design and new media applications helped to shatter early myths that the Internet was a financial dead end.

Described by The New York Times as “Silicon Alley’s Philosopher-Prince,” the work Omar Wasow has done as the Executive Director of BlackPlanet.com and the Internet Analyst for NBC has earned him a reputation as a leading commentator on the challenges and opportunities of new media and the new economy. Whether online or on-air, Wasow constantly works to demystify technology issues and provide an accessible window into the geek world he lives and loves. In that capacity Wasow tutored Oprah Winfrey in her first exploration of the Internet in the 12-part series Oprah Goes Online. Wasow’s success as a credible and friendly guide to the Internet led Newsweek to name him one of the “fifty most influential people to watch in cyberspace,” and People to call him the “Sexiest Internet Executive.”

Wasow has also achieved remarkable success as an online entrepreneur. A perpetual pioneer, he founded the visionary cyberspace community, New York Online, in 1993 and guided the Internet presence of such illustrious clients as Consumer Reports, The New Yorker, Pfizer, Samsung and the Government of Martinique. His success in web design and new media applications helped to shatter early myths that the Internet was a financial dead end.

Media

"Omar was a breath of fresh air. His points were key to our local industry and he commanded the full attention of the audience. Could not have been more pleased."

Telecommunications Regulatory Commission

SPEECH TOPICS

Can the Internet Create Communities Without Barriers?

Multiculturalism and the Future of Technology

An Insider's Perspective of Cyberspace