By Laurie Segall, CNNMoney
NEW YORK (CNNMoney) - Weeks ahead of the premier of a CNN documentary focusing on diversity in the tech industry, the charged issue is already generating sparks. A heated debate broke out on Twitter Wednesday night after a preview screening of "Black in America 4."
Blogger-turned-investor Michael Arrington ignited a controversy with his comments about the visibility of minority-led companies. In the documentary, which airs November 13, Arrington talked about his difficulties finding African-American entrepreneurs to launch their ventures at his TechCrunch Disrupt conference - and suggested he would accept almost any black entrepreneur, regardless of merit.
"There's a guy, actually, his last company just launched at our event, and he's African-American. When he asked to launch - actually, I think it was the other way around. I think I begged him," Arrington told CNN's Soledad O'Brien.