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Revealed: Bono And The Edge Of U2 Are Dropbox Investors. In the annals of celebrities investing in tech startups, this one’s looking especially smart. Bono and The Edge, the singer and lead guitarist of Irish rock band U2, got into Dropbox’s $250 million second round last year, they said in a tweet today. It’s the first individual, publicly announced startup investment for the vocalist, to our knowledge. And unlike grandly-conceived social media startups or late-stage investments that celebrities have gone after in recent years, Dropbox is still in its early days. I imagine some khakis-and-blue-shirt VCs are a little jealous of the multiples ahead. Bono, of course, has something of a track record in tech investing already. But until now, Bono’s role has been more high-level, not so much in sourcing deals with the latest startups growing out of the Valley floor.

Back in 2007, entrepreneur brothers Ali and Hadi Partovi had just launched a fast-growing music app called iLike on Facebook. Elevation Partners. Lady Gaga, Tech Investor | Electronics & Tech News. Lady Gaga at Twitter headquarters For a girl whose father was worried about her getting a real job, Lady Gaga’s showing dear old dad there’s no cause for concern. Since reportedly going broke for the early portion of her pop star career, Lady Gaga’s taken on the title of Polaroid creative director, unofficial (and unwanted) ice cream muse, and Farmville promoter among other things. Now you can add tech angel investor to the list. Someone’s going to need a bigger business card. Skipping the trend of celebrity as online startup entrepreneur, Gaga’s will go straight to online startup investor with a stake in a $1 million investment in online startup Backplane.

Before you decide to stop working on ways to get your demo tape to Lady Gaga, and start getting your business plan in front of her, you should know that Troy Carter, the entrepreneur behind Backplane, is also Lady Gaga’s business manager. InShare. Backplane - How Sony Helped LL Cool J Become A Tech Entrepreneur. Boomdizzle | Want2BFamous? Not All Of Square's "Advisors" Are Hollywood Sexpots. Justin Bieber Backs "Social Good" Facebook Game, WeTopia, Benefiting Children. Justin Bieber Backs "Social Good" Facebook Game, WeTopia, Benefiting Children Justin Bieber, global pop/R&B phenomenon, will be spreading the joy of reading to U.S. and Haitian school children.

Bieber announced earlier this week that he will provide entertainment marketing support to Sojo Studios new slate of "social good" games, beginning with WeTopia. Media Contact Eileen Burke 203.216.0718Tanya Weinberg 202.640.6647 (O), 202.247.6610 (M) WESTPORT, Conn. (Dec. 22, 2011) — Justin Bieber, global pop/R&B phenomenon, will be spreading the joy of reading to U.S. and Haitian school children. Bieber announced earlier this week that he will provide entertainment marketing support to Sojo Studios new slate of "social good" games, beginning with WeTopia. Bieber announced the partnership to his 51 million fans and followers on Facebook and Twitter. Learn more about Save the Children's role in the game and watch a fun video on how to play About Save the Children. MC Hammer. Early life and education[edit] Stanley Kirk Burrell was born on March 30, 1962 in Oakland, California.

His father was a professional poker player and gambling casino manager (at Oaks Card Club's cardroom), as well as warehouse supervisor.[20] He grew up poor with his mother (a secretary) and eight siblings in a small apartment in East Oakland. The future rapper recalled that six children were crammed into a three-bedroom housing project apartment.

The Burrells would also frequent thoroughbred horse races, eventually becoming owners and winners of several prestigious graded stakes.[20] In the Oakland Coliseum parking lot the young Burrell would sell stray baseballs and dance accompanied by a beatboxer. Hell, our chief executive, the guy that ran our team, uh, that communicated [with] Charlie Finley, the top man there, was a 13-year old kid. He was an informant in the clubhouse, an informant for Charlie, and he got the nickname "Pipeline According to Hammer: Music career[edit] M.C. M.C. M.C. Wiredoo: MC Hammer Announces A New Search Engine. “If you want to swing the bat, why not swing for the fences?” With that statement, MC Hammer — yes, that MC Hammer — announced his new search engine, Wiredoo, during the Web 2.0 Summit today.

The website says that Wiredoo is in pre-Beta right now, but there’s a sign-up form for anyone interested in trying it out when the search engine is ready for real testing. Hammer explained that Wiredoo’s focus will be on “deep search” and described that as another word for “relational search.” He used simple query examples like “cars” and “homes” and showed how a search for the latter would produce information about neighborhoods, local schools, mortgages, insurance and so forth. With search heavyweights in the audience, including Google co-founder Sergey Brin, Hammer chose his words carefully in the short presentation. “It’s not a competitive attempt to recreate search,” he said, before adding, “[but] you can always make things better. Here’s the video of Hammer’s appearance introducing Wiredoo. Will Ferrell.

Early life Ferrell was born in Irvine, California,[2] the son of Betty Kay (née Overman; born 1940), a teacher who taught at Old Mill School elementary school and Santa Ana College,[4] and Roy Lee Ferrell, Jr. (born 1941), a musician with The Righteous Brothers.[5] His parents were both natives of Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, and moved to California in 1964.[6][7] Ferrell's ancestry includes English, German, and Irish.[8][9][10] He has a younger brother named Patrick.[11] When he was eight years old, his parents divorced.

Ferrell said of the divorce: "I was the type of kid who would say, 'Hey, look at the bright side! We'll have two Christmases'. " The divorce was amicable and both parents were committed to their children. The biggest problem was his father's line of work. In his senior year of high school, Ferrell and a friend would perform comedy skits over the school's intercom system, with cooperation from the principal; the two had to write their own material. Career Film career. Justin Timberlake. Leo invests in new tech Startup | Shoestring Startups – Australian Startup & Small Business News, Profiles & How Tos.

Of late there have been quite a few celebrities investing in tech startups and startups in general – including our own Hugh Jackman, who has recently co-founded a new incubator and coffee and tea company that supports and grows developing countries. Leo was recently involved in a 4 million dollar seed round along with other pretty high profile investors for a new visual social media platform called Mobli.

DiCaprio will take on an advisory position at Mobli. So what does Mobli do? People can take both pictures and videos and the application will automatically tag each media with a location or major event in the vicinity. You can also write tags that other users can search for, allowing you to gain specific followers that match your interest. Personally I think it is very much like Instagram, other than the automatic location tagging. However there seems to be an influx of celebrity users coming on board – so we think this one may have some legs.

Mobli is available on iTunes now. Ashton Kutcher. Kutcher currently stars as Walden Schmidt on the CBS sitcom Two and a Half Men, since Charlie Sheen's firing from the show in 2011. Early life Kutcher was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa to factory worker Larry M. Kutcher and Procter & Gamble employee Diane (Finnegan) Kutcher.[6][7] His father is of Czech descent and his mother is of Irish, German, and Czech ancestry.[8][9] Kutcher was raised in a "relatively conservative" Catholic family.[10] He has an older sister named Tausha and a fraternal twin brother named Michael, who had a heart transplant when the brothers were young children. Michael also has cerebral palsy and is a spokesperson for the advocacy organization Reaching for the Stars.[11] Career Modeling career After participating in an IMTA competition (losing to Josh Duhamel) in 1998, Kutcher signed with Next modeling agency in New York, appeared in ads for Calvin Klein, and modeled in Paris and Milan.[19] Television and film career Investments Other work Personal life Relationships Films.

Top 10 Celebrity Tech Investors! | Shoestring Startups – Australian Startup & Small Business News, Profiles & How Tos. We see them on the big screen, are part of there million plus fan bases on social media and sing their number one hit tunes [badly] in the shower. But did you know that some of our favourite celebrities are also very savvy investors in the tech startup scene? We have compiled together our top 10 list of Celeb Tech Investors. You never know maybe one of this guys could be the perfect match for that capital you are looking for at the moment! Perhaps the most well known celebrity tech investor, he has invested in tech companies such as foursquare, Flipboard , Path, AirBnB and GroupMe to name just a few – All big names with great stories and valued at millions!

He also owns a number of non tech businesses and television programs – a far cry from the dim witted but lovable character from That 70′s show – wouldn’t you agree? Ah Leo, one of Hollywoods leading men and invetsor in the $4 million raised by tech startup Mobli last year. I am starting to become a real fan of this guy.