Who's a start-up's best friend? This guy
It's been five years since the New York Times declared Ashton Kutcher was "no dummy when it comes to technology."
The 38-year-old actor is the "A" in A-Grade Investments, a venture-capital fund that, according to a 2016 Forbes report, is worth $250 million. With partner Guy Oseary, Kutcher also call the shots on a new fund, Sound Ventures.
Here's a look at 14 of Kutcher's investments in the tech sector: the big successes and the big bets on the future.
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Kutcher seems to have a soft spot for his first investment: In an unauthorized bit of product placement, he displayed the logo sticker for this ever-evolving tech company, now known for its two check-in apps, Foursquare and Swarm, on his character's laptop in a 2011 episode of Two and a Half Men.
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Before the car-service app connected its first paying customer to a driver, A-Grade chipped in $500,000. According to Forbes, the investment is now worth more than "100 times" that amount.
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The online phone and video chat app was Kutcher's first significant tech deal. He invested $1 million in the company in 2009; he "quadrupled" his money when Microsoft bought it in 2011.
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