Black Web 2.0′s Angela Benton Talks Startups, Mentoring & the NewMe Accelerator

The CEO of Black Web Media opens up about being scared of the CNN Black in America 4 reactions, as well as what's next for her now famous incubator

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What’s an hour long  CNN documentary worth to an aspiring tech entrepreneur? Angela Benton, founder and publisher of Black Web 2.0, found out when she  and seven others were featured in Soledad O’Brien’s  Black in America 4: The New Promised Land–Silicon Valley recently.

The documentary followed Benton and the other participants in the NewMe Accelerator she co-founded as they perfected their pitches and fine-tuned their business ideas in hopes of getting funding for their ventures. The program shed light on challenges facing black entrepreneurs in an industry that’s not quite as color blind as it believes itself to be.

Benton, a 30-year-old serial entrepreneur and mother, is ready to shake up Silicon Valley and add a little diversity to the mix. We spoke with her to  figure out what she’s learned, what’s next, and if the tech industry is ready for some new ideas and perspectives.

Click here to read the full interview with NewMe co-founder Angela Benton at BlackEnterprise.com/BENext

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  • WALTER WEBB / FREELANCE WRITER

    MEDIA COMPANIES ARE SCARY. AT THE SAME TIME THEY’RE PROFITABLE COMPANIES FOR RESEARCH AND OR INVESTING. TIME WARNER (TWX) PARENT OF CNN NEWS IS CONSIDERED A RETIREMENT COMPANY FOR INVESTING. NATIONAL THEME PARK WALT DISNEY (DIS) AND ITS SUDSIDIARY ABC NEWS HAS BEEN A CONSUMER
    AMUSEMENT FOR CENTURIES. CBS (CBS) AWARD WINNING MEDIA SHOWS HAS GARNERED
    NUMBEROUS AWARDS. AND READING THE WALL STREET JOURNAL (NWS) AS IT RELATES TO BLACK ENTERPRISE ON AFRICAN AMERICAN COMPANIES PRESENT AND FUTURE. THESE MEDIA COMPANIES HAVE BROUGHT CURRENT ISSUES TO LIKE FROM SOURCES LIKE RADIO ONE (ROIAK) AND BLACK ENTERTAINMENT TELEVISION (BTV) IN A FOR US BY US FUBU SORT OF WAY. OTHER MEDIA INFLUENCES INCLUDE SIRIUS XM RADIO
    (SIRI) WHICH CONNECTS US TO GLOBAL RADIO PROGRAMMING. THEY BRING TO VOICE WHAT THE WASHINGTON POST (WPO) HAS WRITTEN FOR CENTURIES. STARUP COMPANIES HAVE BENEFITTED FROM OUR MEDIA. THESE SHELL INTITIES HAVE BECOME LISTED ON NEW YORK STOCK EXCHANGE(NYX) AS A REWARD FOR THEIR HARD
    WORK. JAMBA JUICE (JMBA) WAS A HIDDEN DIAMOND (TIF) IN THE ROUGH AND NOW THE COMPANY IS FLYING IN SALES AT AIRPORTS WITH SOUTHWEST AIRLINES (LUV).
    MEDIA COMPANY EBONY-JET MAGAZINE HAS RECEIVED SO MUCH PRAISE FROM INVESTMENT COMPANIES JP MORGAN (JPM) TOOK IT A STEP FARTHER BY PURCHASING A STAKE IN THE COMPANY. SO WHEN YOU GET YOUR MORNING JAVA JOLT FROM STARBUCKS COFFEE (SBUX) WHILE PONDERING THE SCARINESS IN START UP COMPANIES REMEMBER BLACK ENTERPRISE WAS’NT BUILT IN A DAY.

  • WALTER WEBB / FREELANCE WRITER

    INTERNET PORTALS WHOM SUPPORT START UPS INCLUDE AMAZON.COM (AMZN), PRICELINE.COM (PCLN), GOOGLE (GOOG),GROUPON (GRPN),BAIDU (BIDU), EBAY (EBAY) AND LINKEDIN (LNKD). ANOTHER VERSION OF THE INTERNET COMES FROM FIRST DATA (FDC) IT GLOBAL CREDIT CARD BUSINESS IS REPOSIBLE FOR MANY CREDIT CARD INTERNET PURCHASES LIKE MASTER CARD (MA), VISA (V), DISCOVER
    FINANCIAL (DFS). EBAY’S PAY PAL HAS BEEN A MAJOR PLAYER IN THE INTERNET CREDIT CARD TRANSACTION WORLD. WHICH BRINGS US TO STARTUPS. EBAY HAS ACQUIRED ZONG INC WHO HAS ROOTS IN THE START UP BUSINESS TO BUSINESS COMMERCE. BUSINESS2BUSINESS (BHH)ON THE NEW YORK STOCK EXCHANGE AT UNDER ONE DOLLAR PAID ITS LAST DIVIDEND OF $1.92CENTS IN 2007. ITS FAVORITE HOLDING IS ARIBA (ARBA) WHICH IS OVER 90 PERCENTS OF ITS ASSETS. ICG GROUP
    (ICGE) CARRIES THE REMAINDER 6 PERCENT. START UP AIRLINE BALTIA (BLTA)IS SET UP A TERMINAL 4 IN JFK AIRPORT WITH A NICHE 9 HOUR FLIGHT FROM THE UNITED STATES TO THE BALTIC COUTRIES OF RUSSIA, KIEV,AND LITHUANIA. OTHER AVENUES FOR START UPS INCLUDE MERGERS AND ACQUISITIONS LIKE THE $240 MILLION EBAY ACQUISITION OF ZONG. THIS PUTS IS SUBSIDIARY PAY PAL NOSE TO
    NOSE WITH LEADING CREDIT CARD TRANSACTION COMPANIES LIKE FIRST DATA.

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