Editor's note: Soledad O'Brien chronicles the lives of eight African-American entrepreneurs participating in the NewMe Accelerator in "Black in America: The New Promised Land - Silicon Valley," airing at 8 p.m., 11 p.m., and 2 a.m. ET on February 11 and February 12 on CNN.
By Mark Milian, CNN
San Francisco (CNN) - Wayne Sutton has been asking venture-capital investors and Silicon Valley executives a question that's not often broached here in the epicenter of the technology industry:
"Why aren't there more black people in tech?"
The vast majority of top executives at the leading Silicon Valley tech firms are white men. Women and Asians have made some inroads, but African-American and Latino tech leaders remain a rarity. About 1% of entrepreneurs who received venture capital in the first half of last year are black, according to a study by research firm CB Insights.