The Multimillion-Dollar Dash

Darien Dash wants to help blacks in poor urban areas hop on the information superhighway. But a shortage of capital threatens his vision

Dressed in familiar baggy jeans and a baseball cap, corporate CEO Darien Dash is preaching the gospel of the Web to a crowd of teens at the Alexander Hamilton housing projects in Paterson, N.J. Knowing that for many of these kids the closest model of financial success is the local drug dealer, this 29-year-old dotcom entrepreneur speaks to them in language he knows they understand. "The new hustle," declares Dash, "is technology."

For the past six years, Dash's life has been all hustle--a constant struggle to make it in the New Economy. Last year he became the first African American...

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