February 28, 2016

Episode 45- QuHarrison Terry


CEO & Founder of 23VIVI

What made you decide to work in tech?

There wasn’t any particular moment in my life that I decided that I was going to work in tech, I just started creating, and it’s where I ended up; but who knows in 20 years from now I could be in the health care “game” lol.

What was an obstacle you faced and how did you overcome that obstacle?

I struggled with covering my ideas initially. Then I realized that the more ideas I kept to myself, the fewer things I could accomplish. Now I try to give away everything I know, and I’m betting that in the long run even better ideas will come back to me. I remember the kids in Forensics that used to hide their projects by speaking low (when practicing) or putting their arm around the desks before presenting. They were afraid of sharing ideas because they thought other people would end up getting the credit. The problem with hoarding great ideas is you only know your great ideas and sooner than later they become musty. If you share your thoughts, then this forces you to “stay woke” on what’s currently going on. Then you’ll have to “re-up” on your ideas haha. That way you’ve always got the “freshest” ideas.

What is your experience being a POC in Tech?

I love being able to be myself and share new experiences with my friends. When you’re working with a diverse team, there’s a fusion of energy that allows some of the “dopest” creations to be crafted. I feel no different than my counterparts. I just wish I to connect as many of my “ill” POC friends to more of the opportunities in the Tech “game” haha.

What was your perception of the tech industry before entering it, what is your perception now?

Tech industry perception is speculative. Some believe that “Perception” is reality; however, I feel if you want the tech industry to work for you: Then always keep “ya” vision on the prize, watch the police, and only “grind” with people that are PERMANENTLY inspired.

What are three tips you can give to high school/college students who want to enter tech?

The best three “W’s” to progress would be: Always remember: We are NOT in competition. Then ask yourself: Why strive for greatness when mediocrity is required? Then Snapchat that “the key to success” is: Winner’s focus on winning, losers focus on winners. If you follow those “W’s” to progress and consistently put work into learning how to code, designing an intuitive UX/UI, or making a super “dope” MVP, you’ll probably be alright in the tech “game.”

Any projects/ programs/ etc you are working on?

I founded 23VIVI, and we were recently accepted into gener8tor, which is one of the “top 15” accelerators. 23VIVI’s online marketplace offers rare and limited edition digital art. 23VIVI utilizes blockchain technology to issue cryptographic certificates of authenticity to protect the intellectual property of artists and interest of buyers in owning authentic, one-­of-­a-­kind digital fine art pieces. If you’re a student reading this feel free to reach out if you’re interested in possibly getting a “dope” job or internship.

Ruth Mesfun

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