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November 13th, 2011
07:15 PM ET

Share your perspective: Does diversity matter in Silicon Valley?

"Black in America: The New Promised Land - Silicon Valley" follows eight black entrepreneurs immersed in Silicon Valley's startup scene as part of the NewMe Accelerator. Still, the high tech center of the United States is dominated by young males who are mostly white and Asian.

See what @Soledad_OBrien had to say about it while live-tweeting the documentary @blackinamerica, and keep the conversation going with hashtag #blackinamerica. Or, check out Soledad O'Brien's Facebook chat afterward on the CNN Black in America Facebook page.

Share your thoughts in the comments: Why aren't high tech industries more diverse, and does it matter? What can businesses, schools and individuals do to increase diversity in science, engineering, tech and math fields?

 


Filed under: Black in America • Documentaries • Technology
November 13th, 2011
11:46 AM ET

NewMe Accelerator founders: Who they are and what they're starting

Editor's note:  The NewMe Accelerator brought together eight black entrepreneurs for a two-month immersion in tech startup culture - a culture dominated by young males, mostly white and Asian. These two entrepreneurs founded the accelerator. Watch how it turns out when Soledad O'Brien reports the documentary, "Black in America: The New Promised Land – Silicon Valley," at 8 p.m., 11 p.m., and 2 a.m. ET on February 11 and February 12. Learn more about the other NewMe participants and their companies.

Angela Benton is CEO of Cued, founded in March 2011.

Cued is an app that gives recommendations based on where users are, what they like and their past experiences. For example, if a user tells Cued he or she liked a specific bar, karaoke and draft beer, the system will make recommendations for other places to enjoy.

The company is currently on hold as Angela is putting her energy into the NewMe accelerator. FULL POST

November 13th, 2011
11:43 AM ET

NewMe Accelerator participants: Who they are and what they create

Editor's note:  The NewMe Accelerator brought together eight black entrepreneurs for a two-month immersion in tech startup culture - a culture dominated by young males, mostly white and Asian. These six entrepreneurs participated in the accelerator. Watch how it turns out when Soledad O'Brien reports the documentary, "Black in America: The New Promised Land – Silicon Valley," at 8 p.m., 11 p.m., and 2 a.m. ET on February 11 and February 12. Learn more about the NewMe founders and their companies.

CEO Tiffani Bell created Pencil You In in 2009.

Pencil You In allows hairstylists, makeup artists, nail techs and barbers to accept client appointments online.

The company is working on getting approval for an iPhone application that carries the same functions as the website, and also allows clients to upload photos of desired hairstyles and search for hairstyle ideas.

The site is up and running and currently operating without any outside funding.

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