Black in America: The New Promised Land – Silicon Valley

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San Francisco (CNN) — Hank Williams has performed dozen of times to audiences like the one here on Thursday at the Kapor Capital investment firm.

This time, however, the 46-year-old software veteran wasn’t the only black person in the room, as is often the case at fundraising meetings in Silicon Valley.

Williams is a member of the NewMe Accelerator’s inaugural class. The tech incubator was formed to help minorities get advice from successful executives and put their new Internet ventures in front of investors.

For two months, eight black entrepreneurs worked (and some lived) together in a rented house in Mountain View, California, which is the same city Google, a NewMe sponsor, calls home.

Having removed himself from the Silicon Valley technology scene for a decade, Williams re-emerged on Thursday to demonstrate the project he’s been working on for four years with two colleagues in New York.

When Spaces begins testing in the next few weeks, people will be able to sign up for an online storage locker, which allows them to organize, search and transmit various types of data. It can handle files, e-mails, calendars, Twitter messages and other digital information that competitors generally don’t facilitate.



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