November 11th, 2011
02:00 PM ET

What to know before you pitch a tech company

Business is hard, tech entrepreneur Mitch Kapor said.  And startups? Really hard.

But he's been doing this for a while, and had plenty of advice for the  NewMe Accelerator participants, whose attempt to break into the tech business are documented in "Black in America: The New Promised Land – Silicon Valley." The documentary airs at 8 p.m., 11 p.m., and 2 a.m. ET on February 11 and February 12 on CNN.

Ron Conway, one of the top angel investors in Silicon Valley, offered his perspective on what he looks for in a company, too.

Tristan Walker, who heads up business development at Foursquare, had some wise words, too: "Number one, we just all need to hustle."

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