African-Americans in the tech industry still seem to be relatively few and far between.

But that is changing. In February of this year, Apple appointed Denise Young Smith to lead its worldwide human resources division — a position previously held by a white man. 

Just this month, storage startup Dropbox announced the appointment of former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to its board of directors. 

Still, racial minorities and women are generally underrepresented in management roles, according to a 2013 CNNMoney probe into the 20 top U.S. tech companies. Last year, we began tracking the most important black people in tech.

Now, we've updated our ranking of some of the most accomplished African-Americans in the industry. 

46. Stephen DeBerry

Founder and CIO, Bronze Investments 

Before founding Bronze Investments, Stephen DeBerry was a partner at Kapor Capital. Before Kapor, DeBerry worked as an investment director at Omidyar Network, the investment firm started by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar and his wife, Pam. 

In his career, DeBerry has backed startups like Chromatik, Formlabs, SendHub, and CardMunch, the mobile app for business cards LinkedIn acquired.

Bronze Investments has taken no outside funding and has an undisclosed number of employees.



45. Will Lucas

Founder and CEO, Creadio 

Will Lucas founded brand marketing technology company Creadio back in 2003. Two years ago, he launched Classana, an educational resource discovery engine. To date, Classana has raised $26,500 in grant money.

Lucas is also the organizer behind TedXToledo, which is now in its second year. 

Creadio is a bootstrapped startup with fewer than 10 employees. 



44. Ade Olonoh

CEO, Formspring

Ade Olonoh is the co-Founder and CEO of Formspring, a social network that helped people find out more about each other. 

Prior to founding Formspring, Olonoh founded online form building Formstack. Formpsring has taken $14.3 million in funding and has about 12 employees. In 2013, Spring.me acquired Formspring's assets and rebranded it. 



43. Sheldon Gilbert

Founder and CEO, Proclivity

Sheldon Gilbert, the founder and chief executive of Proclivity Media, a company that specializes in digital advertising technologies. 

Founded six years ago, Proclivity uses a retailer's e-commerce data to best predict and match companies with ad placements that will bring in the most sales.

Proclivity has raised $8.82 million in funding and has eight employees. 




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