Thursday 23rd May, 2013
9:30am to 10:30am
Passionate Technology Investor; Award-winning Actor
Ashton Kutcher is an actor, tech investor and producer. In 2000, he co-founded Katalyst, a media company creating original content for digital media, television and film. In 2011, he co-founded A-Grade Investments, a venture fund.
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.
In 2011, Kutcher created a venture fund, A-Grade Investments, with Ron Burkle and Guy Oseary. To date, A-Grade has invested in multiple tech companies including Spotify, Airbnb, Foursquare, Fab, Uber, Dwolla and Path.
Katalyst film credits include No Strings Attached, Killers, The Butterfly Effect and Guess Who. Television property credits include the hit series Punk'd and Beauty and the Geek. Katalyst Digital includes programming for major brands such as the Levi's Curve ID campaign, winner of the 2011 OMMA Award for Best Integrated Online Fashion Campaign; Nikon "The Chase," Mountain Dew "DEWmocracy,” and United Nations "Malaria No More.”
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 for the honor.
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