Start-ups are the new investment destination for Hollywood actors

Hollywood stars like Ashton Kutcher, Leonardo DiCaprio and Stephen Fry are parking their money in start-ups like Airbnb, Zuli and Pindex


Hollywood actor Ashton Kutcher.
Hollywood actor Ashton Kutcher.

Airbnb

It is a platform that connects travellers, usually looking for cheaper accommodation, with those looking to rent out their vacant rooms or a spot in their apartment for a shorter duration.

Funding: Undisclosed. Hollywood actor Ashton Kutcher joined the start-up as an adviser.

Hollywood actor-producer Leonardo DiCaprio
Hollywood actor-producer Leonardo DiCaprio

Zuli

The Zuli Smartplug, the firm’s product, can be connected to a device which can then be controlled with the help of a smartphone. You can dim lights depending on your requirements, assess energy use, and keep a tab on monthly costs.

Funding: Undisclosed. Hollywood actor-producer Leonardo DiCaprio joined the board of advisers.

British actor-comedian Stephen Fry
British actor-comedian Stephen Fry

Pindex

Describing itself as the ‘Pinterest for education’, the company is a platform that makes videos as well as infographics that can be useful for students and teachers.

Funding: Undisclosed. British actor-comedian Stephen Fry is a co-founder.

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