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Birthdate2/7/78

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Ashton Kutcher

Ashton Kutcher is an actor, tech investor and producer. In 2011, Kutcher created a venture fund, A-Grade Investments, with Ron Burkle and Guy Oseary. A-Grade has invested in multiple tech companies including Spotify, Airbnb, Foursquare, Fab, Uber, Dwolla and Path. Kutcher is also co-founder of Katalyst, a media company creating original content for digital media, television and film. In 2010, Kutcher was named one of Time Magazine’s Top 100 Most Influential People. In that same year, his company, Katalyst, was named one of the year’s Top 50 Most Inspiring Innovators by Ad Age and one of Fast Company Magazine’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies.

Currently Kutcher stars in the CBS comedy series Two and a Half Men. Averaging over 14 million viewers per week, the show ranks as the second most-watched comedy on all of network television. Kutcher first gained recognition as Michael Kelso on the Fox/Carsey Werner series That 70’s Show, which aired for eight seasons. Kutcher went on to star in a variety of box office hits on the big screen, including What Happens In Vegas with Cameron Diaz, The Guardian with Kevin Costner, Valentine’s Day, No Strings Attached with Natalie Portman and the cult hit Dude, Where’s My Car. Kutcher has long been recognized for his tech investments and social media prowess, beginning with Twitter. In 2009, he was the first Twitter user to obtain 1 million followers, beating out CNN in a highly publicized race.

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Company Date Round Size Participants
Vicarious 3/2014Series B$40M17
Secret 3/2014Series A$8.6M18
Washio 1/2014Seed$2.25M17
The Hunt 11/2013Series A$5.5M4
Panorama Education 10/2013Seed$4M20
InteraXon 8/2013Series A$6M6
Propeller 6/2013Seed$1.25M13
invi 6/2013Seed$2.25M6
The Hunt 4/2013Venture Round$700k5
Pickwick & Weller 4/2013Venture Round$2M9
Balanced 4/2013Seed$2M10
BitPay 1/2013Seed$510k8
Balanced 11/2012Seed$1.4M6
Airbnb 11/2012Series C$200M6
BlackJet 10/2012Venture Round$2.14M29
Clever 10/2012Seed$3M14
Summly 10/2012Venture Round$1.23M19
YourMechanic 9/2012Seed$1.8M11
Socialcam 4/2012Angel38
Votizen 2/2012Venture Round$750k6
Gidsy 1/2012Seed$1.2M4
Duolingo 10/2011Series A$3.3M3
Fab 8/2011Series A$7.7M19
Airbnb 7/2011Series B$112M6
MemSQL 7/2011Seed$5M15
StyleSeat 7/2011Seed$700k9
Grubwithus 5/2011Angel$1.6M15
Flipboard 4/2011Series B$50M9
Milk 4/2011Angel$1.5M25
Zaarly 3/2011Seed$1M8
SeatGeek 2/2011Venture Round1
Tinychat 1/2011Debt$1.5M7
Circle Inc 1/2011Angel$1M14
Chloe & Isabel 1/2011Seed$3.25M10
Path 11/2010Angel$2.5M28
Hipmunk 10/2010Seed$1M9
AeroFS 8/2010Seed11
Blekko 8/2010Series C$1.2M2
Flipboard 7/2010Series A$10.5M9
NOWBOX 5/2010Angel12
Optimizely 3/2010Angel$1.2M21

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    SeatGeek Grabs New Ashton Kutcher Investment (gigaom.com) [edit]
    SoundCloud celebrates 5 million users and funding from Ashton Kutcher (thenextweb.com) [edit]
  1. Vicarious Grabs A Huge, New $40M Growth Round To Advance Artificial Intelligence (techcrunch.com) [edit]
  2. SEC (techcrunch.com) [edit]
  3. On-Demand Laundry Startup Washio Raises $2.25 Million In Seed Funding (techcrunch.com) [edit]
  4. The Hunt Closes $5.5M Series A Funding (finsmes.com) [edit]
  5. Panorama Education Wants To Help Fix Schools With Surveys And Analytics, Gets $4M From Zuckerberg’s Startup:Education, Google Ventures And More (techcrunch.com) [edit]
  6. InteraXon Raises $6M Series A Round From Horizon, A-Grade And Others For Its Brainwave-Sensing Headset (techcrunch.com) [edit]
  7. Propeller Gets $1.25M From A16z, ffAngel, Everyone Good Basically (techcrunch.com) [edit]
  8. Android-First Mobile Messenger Invi Raises $3 Million For Its SMS Replacement App (techcrunch.com) [edit]
  9. Crowdsourced Shopping Site The Hunt Raises Additional $700K From Ashton Kutcher, Other High-Profile Investors (techcrunch.com) [edit]
  10. Silicon Valley Venture Capital Almanac - Source [edit]
  11. Balanced Closes $3.4M Seed Funding (finsmes.com) [edit]
  12. BitPay Banks $510K In Investment To Become PayPal for Bitcoin, Already Has 2,100 Businesses On Board (techcrunch.com) [edit]
  13. Y Combinator-Backed Balanced Raises $1.4M To Provide A Payment Platform For Peer-To-Peer Marketplaces (techcrunch.com) [edit]
  14. Airbnb’s Nate Blecharczyk Confirms It Raised A $200M Round Led By Founders Fund (techcrunch.com) [edit]
  15. Uber Co-Founder Garrett Camp Launches BlackJet, The “Uber For Private Jets” (techcrunch.com) [edit]
  16. Twilio For Education Data, Clever, Lands $3M From Kevin Rose, Mike Maples & Ashton Kutcher, Now In 2K Schools (techcrunch.com) [edit]
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  18. YourMechanic Raises $1.8M in Seed Funding (finsmes.com) [edit]
  19. Socialcam Nabs Angel Funding From The A-List: Yuri Milner, Tim Draper, Laurene Powell Jobs, And More (techcrunch.com) [edit]
  20. Votizen Raises $750k From Sean Parker, Others, To Turn Elections From Fundraising To ‘Friendraising’ (techcrunch.com) [edit]
  21. Gidsy Raises $1.2M in Seed Funding (finsmes.com) [edit]
  22. bits.blogs.nytimes.com [edit]
  23. Ashton Kutcher-Backed Fab.com Closes $7.7 Million (businessinsider.com) [edit]
  24. Airbnb Bags $112 Million In Series B From Andreessen, DST And General Catalyst (techcrunch.com) [edit]
  25. Y Combinator Alum MemSQL Raises $2.1 Million From Ashton Kutcher, SV Angel And More (techcrunch.com) [edit]
  26. Ashton Kutcher, Founders Fund Go In For $775K On ‘OpenTable For Stylists’ StyleSeat (techcrunch.com) [edit]
  27. Investors Cough Up $1.6 Million To Dine With Grubwithus, The Brilliant Social Dining Service (techcrunch.com) [edit]
  28. Flipboard Raises $50 Million Round At A $200 Million Valuation (allthingsd.com) [edit]
  29. Milk Completes $1.5 Million Angel Round, Packed with Valley Names (techcrunch.com) [edit]
  30. Zaarly Launches Realtime, Local Marketplace To The Public (techcrunch.com) [edit]
  31. SeatGeek Receives Investment from A-Grade Investment (finsmes.com) [edit]
  32. Tinychat Raises $1.5M From Kutcher, Diddy And Others, Is Just Getting Started (techcrunch.com) []
  33. techcrunch.com [edit]
  34. New York Startups Shapeways, Chloe + Isabel, and HowAboutWe.com Rake in Cash (xconomy.com) [edit]
  35. techcrunch.com [edit]
  36. Travel Site Hipmunk Raises $1M Seed Funding (thealarmclock.com) [edit]
  37. YC-Funded AeroFS: It's Like Dropbox, But it Runs Inside Your Firewall (techcrunch.com) [edit]
  38. Citation Needed [add]
  39. Meet Flipboard: Mike McCue Talks About Stealth "Social Magazine" Start-Up That Just Nabbed $10.5 Million in Funding (allthingsd.com) [edit]
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  41. Optimizely A/B Tests Its Way To $1.2 Million In Funding From A Roster Of Top Angels (techcrunch.com) [edit]
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