Angela Benton is at the forefront of changing the complexion of Silicon Valley.

Angela Benton is at the forefront of changing the complexion of Silicon Valley.

1. Changing the Digital World

Among the influential people at the forefront of closing the digital divide, opening doors in Silicon Valley and promoting digital entrepreneurship, Angela Benton is the woman.

Benton’s bona fides extend from her experiences at InterActive Corp., where she worked for several digital companies including, a search engine targeting African Americans. Today, the single mother of three is founder and CEO of Black Web Media, publisher of, which is  now rebranded B20 and curates content targeting innovators and entrepreneurs. She describes herself as a design-centric technophile.

In 2011, under the Black Web Media umbrella, Benton launched her most ambitious projects: the NewME Accelerator and NewME Conference. It is her effort to “accelerate, educate and empower underrepresented tech talent around the world” and build a more diverse and inclusive knowledge economy. “The New Promised Land: Silicon Valley” focused on Benton and her project as part of “Black in America,” Soledad O’Brien’s award-winning documentary series on CNN.

Her efforts have also been celebrated by Fast Company and Ebony magazines, the Wall Street Journal and the Minority Media and Telecommunications Council, which inducted Benton as the youngest member of its Hall of Fame. — Ingrid Sturgis

WOMEN 2.0: Angela Benton discusses entrepreneurship for Walker’s Legacy, a professional collective for women in business named for Madam C. J. Walker.