40 Rising Stars 40 & Under

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Angela Benton, 30

Founder, Publisher & CEO

Black Web Media L.L.C.


Service/product company provides: “Our main mission and goal—regardless of the product, whether it’s a conference or accelerator or a website—is really around African Americans and minorities in technology and really being a catalyst for change and the elevation of those individuals.”


Professional lesson learned: “Be persistent and keep personal and business relationships separate. As entrepreneur, work already bleeds over into your personal life so much anyway. If you’re not careful it starts to overtake your whole life.” 


Dream vacation: “Bora Bora. I prefer hot over cold.” 


Dream car: “I like concept cars. BMW just came out with the i8, which is pretty cool. I would really like an Aston Martin.”


Phone: iPhone 4 “I don’t have the 4S, which is surprising to some people. Typically, I don’t get the increment version.” 


Laptop: “I have a 15’’ Macbook pro.” 


Other tech tools: “Tablets, of course. I have an iPad and recently got a Samsung Galaxy Tab, which has really become my new BFF because it integrates so well with Google Docs. It also integrates well on Android technology.” 


Favorite beverage: “I like all kinds of wine. In the summer I tend to drink Riesling and in the winter I really like syrah. Other than that, I drink a lot of water and cranberry juice.”

Angela Benton, 30

Founder, Publisher & CEO

Black Web Media L.L.C.

Service/product company provides: “Our main mission and…