Angela Benton is founder and CEO at NewMe Accelerator in San Francisco. She serves as a startup coach at the Wall Street Journal, and writes for USA Today and Inc. Magazine.

On this episode, we talk diversity in tech, the “Black Mark Zuckerberg”, and what makes founders successful.

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Benton is the founder and chief executive officer of NewME Accelerator, a program that aims to accelerate, educate and empower underrepresented tech talent throughout the world. NewME Accelerator was started in 2011 and is based in San Francisco. Previously, Benton worked at several IAC/InterActive Corp. businesses including, and In 2007, she launched, an online publication for African-Americans interested in technology and new media.


Founded in 2011 by Angela Benton, NewME has accelerated hundreds of entrepreneurs through our online platform, residential “boot-camp” accelerators, and equity portfolio. We pioneered diversity in Silicon Valley by focusing on helping entrepreneurs identify strengths from their non-traditional backgrounds and leveraging them in business. We’ve helped hundreds of entrepreneurs build better businesses some of whom have raised venture capital funding ($20+MM to be exact).