“Black In America 4” may have left viewers with an “inaccurate impression” that there are no Black CEOs in Silicon Valley, says TheRoot.com.
Numerous companies that were founded by Black entrepreneurs are thriving, contrary to Michael Arrington’s controversial statements.
The Internet has not escaped a Black influence. One of the earliest startups was BlackPlanet, the social networking site founded by Omar Wasow, now a consultant to The Root. Black entrepreneurs such as E. David Ellington, who founded the news site NetNoir, and George Jackson, who founded the content portal Urban Box Office, realized early the potential of the Web for African Americans, a demographic that was not in the minds of the founders of Yahoo, MSN and other entrepreneurs in the mid-1990s to early 2000s.