Why Would Ashton Kutcher Photoshop a Tweet About a Startup?

Nitasha Tiku · 07/23/14 01:45PM

Yesterday evening, Ashton Kutcher tweeted out a photo of a "brain sensing headband" called Muse, telling his 16.3 million followers that he was: " Excited to learn from this incredible technology." Kutcher didn't mention that he's an investor, or why his name appears to be photoshopped onto the product.

Celeb-Backed Blackjet Is Officially Fucked

Nitasha Tiku · 12/20/13 10:30AM

Blackjet, the Uber for private jets backed by Jay-Z, Ashton Kutcher, Will Smith, and Shervin Pishevar, has laid off most of its employees after additional funding did not come through, reports Last month, we reported that Blackjet was "basically over" and "fucked" and it's hard to see how the company could recover from these revelations from a former employee.

Jay Z and Ashton Kutcher-Backed "Uber For Planes" Grinds to a Halt

Nitasha Tiku · 11/20/13 03:39PM

Of all the "Uber for __" propositions, the splashiest by far was Blackjet, the app that purports to help wealthy users book seats on private jets (for a $2,500 annual membership fee). When it launched last October, the company touted A-list Hollywood investors like Ashton Kutcher, Jay Z, and Will Smith, not to mention connections to successful—or successful-seeming—companies like Uber. But sources tell Valleywag that Blackjet is in a tailspin—out of cash, unable to raise funds, and "basically over." Another source said: "They are fucked."

If Justin Bieber Is a "Lead Investor" Then Tech Titles Have No Meaning

Nitasha Tiku · 11/04/13 04:04PM

Last week, Lenovo, a Chinese multinational corporation that sells personal computers and other electronic devices, hired actor-capitalist Ashton Kutcher as a "product engineer." Not a celebrity spokesperson, venture capitalist, or even the more laissez-faire "creative director" (à la Alicia Keys and BlackBerry, but a product engineer. Today, Fortune reports that Justin Bieber is the "lead investor" in a "new teen-focused social network" called Shots of Me.

Demi Is Going After Ashton Kutcher's VC Fund in the Divorce

Nitasha Tiku · 05/15/13 10:29AM

Ashton Kutcher's panel at this year's TechCrunch Disrupt had at least one very interested party glued to the livestream. On stage, the actor-capitalist and his business partner Guy Oseary, Madonna's manager, confirmed rumors that they were seeking investments for their VC fund, A-Grade Investments, at a $100 million valuation—humblebragging they were raising "enough money."

Celebrinvestor Ashton Kutcher Requires His Own Elevator

Sam Biddle · 05/01/13 01:20PM

Two And A Half Men star Ashton Kutcher pours a fair amount of his money into startups. To that end, he hopped upon the TechCrunch Disrupt stage today to talk about all the money his fund has—and we hear he insisted on shutting down an entire elevator for himself to get there.