Mor­gan DeBaun

BLAV­ITY

Inc. (USA) - - 100 FF - Kate Rock­wood

DeBaun was sit­ting in a cu­bi­cle at In­tuit, reel­ing from the shoot­ing of Michael Brown near her home­town St. Louis. Frus­trated by the dearth of black me­dia, she quit her job and launched a dig­i­tal me­dia plat­form for black Mil­len­ni­als. “For a re­ally long pe­riod of time, I wanted to find an idea that made be­ing broke worth it, even if we didn’t get a big, bil­lion-dol­lar exit,” she says. The Los An­ge­les–based me­dia com­pany re­cently launched 21Ninety.com, for women of color, ac­quired travel site Trav­elNoire.com, raised $6.5 mil­lion in fund­ing, and opened a tech of­fice in At­lanta—a hot spot, DeBaun says, for African Amer­i­can com­puter sci­ence ma­jors.

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