Technology >> CEO Interviews >> November 20, 2000

Darien Dash – Dme Interactive Holdings Inc (dgmf)

DARIEN C. DASH is the Founder, Chairman and CEO of DME Interactive Holdings, Inc. Mr. Dash formed DME Interactive Holdings, Inc. as a privately held company in August 1994 with the mission of expanding the hardware and software infrastructure within minority communities. In June 1999, DME Interactive Holdings, Inc. became the first publicly traded African-American owned Internet company in history. With experience in the entertainment, recording and technology industries, Mr. Dash's endeavors have enabled him to build a successful and distinctive business model for DME Holdings. Mr. Dash is a graduate of University of Southern California from the Emerging Leadership Program, with a major in Political Science. He immediately entered the technology industry, specifically the cable and music hardware sector. After firsthand experience with the lack of attention by the leading telecommunication communities to implement technology in the homes and lives of the minority communities due to existing misconceptions, Mr. Dash committed himself to filling the void in this industry. DME Holdings began solely providing business solution to companies entering and developing in the technology arena. Most recently, Mr. Dash worked with his team to launch Places of Color, a division of DME Interactive Holdings, Inc. Places of Color is the answer and solution to the identified need for urban-oriented ISP services, hardware and application consumer line. As a pioneer and activist within the interactive new media community, Mr. Dash speaks across the country on national forums such as the CEO Panel hosted by Harvard Law School's Black Alumni; National Urban League's Youth Summit; and The Congressional Digital Divide Summit Hosted by William Daley, former Secretary of Commerce. He has appeared in Congress for testimony before the Small Business Committee on the Digital Divide, and nationally on MSNBC's special 'Summit in Silicon Valley' and live special from Alabama focusing on Race in America. Mr. Dash was featured on CNN Live from Town Hall, The Survival of Small Business; has been profiled on CNN's Mover with Jan Hopkins; and was Dateline's winner as the survivor of the Internet Entrepreneur. Mr. Dash also actively participates by giving his time as a member of the Board of Directors to non-profit organizations including MOUSE (Making Opportunities for Upgrading Schools & Education), Chess in School and The National Urban League. Last year, he was named the Technology Chair for District 5 by Superintendent Thelma Baxter in NYC's Harlem to help chart the course of technology for students within this historic community. DME Interactive Holdings has been awarded the 2000 Regional and National Technology Firm of the Year by the Department of Commerce. Mr. Dash has received awards from the University of Southern California, KIP Business Report, and The Abyssinian Development Corporation. He received a BA in Political Science and Leadership from the University of Southern California. Profile
TWST: Could we start out with a brief overview of DME Interactive


Mr. Dash: I started the company six years ago in 1994, and we founded

our company on the mission of expanding the