Celebrities are known for their work, cars, luxury and many more. But these celebrities are not just super popular but they are entrepreneur as well. They have invested in some of the best tech startups in USA, come let’s have a look what interest them to back a startup and who are the lucky startups.
The pop queen Lady Gaga has invested in Place (formerly Backplane), place is a platform allows you to discover your passions and build a community around them. They believe that there is a need for a safe environment where deeper more meaningful conversations can happen.
Place was built to celebrate your own unique perspective. Gaga has also started her own social network project called Little Monster – with a approximate million followers. It was also one of the first communities that added to Place. Place has received over $18 million in three rounds of funding from 14 investors, including Google Ventures and Sequoia Capital.
Oscar winner star Leonardo has backed a social mobile photo and video-sharing website called Mobli. Mobli brings you a place to share your world, life, passion, demons and art with other people from around the world, through photos, videos, live moments, music and lots of awesome features.
This company has raised $86 million dollars in 4 different funding rounds.
Bono the name says it all, he is a step ahead when it comes to startup passion. He has set up his own venture capital firm Elevation Partners.
Elevation Partners is a leading private equity firm focused on investments in new media and technology businesses. They invest in innovative companies capitalizing on technology disruption that are positioned for rapid growth and market leadership. They have invested in companies like Dropbox and Facebook, Bono had reportedly made $600 million in the growth from both companies. He has also put money behind Forbes and MarketShare in the past.
The king of teenage pop Justin Bieber is also a tech geek, in this small age he has made some of the big investment decisions. He has invested in ideas like Spotify,TinyChat, Stamped and Shots. Bieber teamed up with heavyweight Floyd Mayweather and other investors to help a $2.7m seed funding round in 2013.
Late last year he also contributed to a Series A funding round of $16 million for Robinhood, which utilizes the idea that tech-drive brokerage can operate much more efficiently with fellow investors Jared Leto and Snoop Dogg.
The host of America’s top reality show American Idol. Is the co-founder and investor of Typo, he has invested $1 million in it.
Typo Innovations is a company dedicated to designing only the finest and most efficient human interface devices and mobile accessories on the planet. It is out of these passions that they have designed the Typo Keyboard for iPad Air and iPad Mini, the ultimate companion to your iPad.
Jared Leto has invested in 11 investments. This celebrity has startup investments include Meerkat, Reserve and reddit. Leto has also invested in Nest. Nest is a home automation producer of programmable, self-learning, sensor-driven, Wi-Fi-enabled thermostats, smoke detectors, and other security systems. Nest was bought by Google for $3.2 billion.
“New Girl” is not new in startup world. She has founded website hellogiggles.com with two friends Molly McAleer, and Sophia Rossi in 2011 as a place on the Internet to inspire a smile.
HelloGiggles is a positive online community for women (although men are always welcome!) covering the latest in culture, female empowerment, style, relationships, friendship, careers, and issues that matter most to young women’s lives. A platform for writers and artists to create and share, HelloGiggles welcomes reader contributions and publishes them daily. And now, they are growing beyond just the website to include video, film, television and events. From mid-December 2014, the company stated $1.5m of total funding received.
Twitter enthusiast celebrity Stephen Fry has also spent in startups like tickle, sumly – invested in $1.2 million venture round with 18 others in 2012 (now purchased by Yahoo) as well Pushnote – which was not a success and run out of business after 18 months of operation.
Tickle is a new app for iOS that uses your phone’s accelerometer to detect subtle motions, and subsequently helps you graciously escape awkward moments by calling your phone.
Not just singers and actors are startups enthusiastic but a successful basketball player named Shaquille is also a know face for startups. Shaq has invested in social media startup Tout, of which he is now also an adviser.
Tout help Publishers, Content Creators and Advertisers generate more online video revenue through sophisticated technology and a unique view of how our world is changing. The Internet is TV, TV is the Internet… and every company in the business of ad-supported media will need to adapt to this new reality.
Calvin Broadus Jr aka Snoop Lion aka Snoop Dogg
Snoop Dogg’s popular investments involve reddit and RobinHood and In terms of celebrity startup investments it’s a pretty nascent market at the moment, but it’s a pretty savvy move: the industry is in it’s early growth phase and CrunchBase lists 29 venture investments in cannabis last year – amounting to over $90 million.
Snoop Dogg recently invested in Eaze, which has gained around $10 million of interest since its conception. Eaze helps patients receive medical marijuana in California from dispensaries. Get a delivery in 15 minutes and an eighth for only $25.