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10 celebrities betting big on tech start-ups

July 14, 2014 10:54 IST

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Tech investments are not just restricted to the business savvy angel investors. It has also caught the eyes of celebrities that have million of disposable money.

Forbes Magazine has come up with a list of few that have invested in tech companies and IT start ups hoping to catch the next Google and Facebook at early stage.

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Kim Kardashian

Known For: She is best known for the reality television series Keeping Up with the Kardashians

Investments:

ShoeDazzle.com: She is co-founder of the company. ShoeDazzle sends personalised and handpicked collection of items to its members. Items include shoes, handbags, and jewellery.

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Ashton Kutcher

Known for: Lead actor in movies such as Jobs, No Strings Attached, and The Butterfly Effect

Investments:

Skype: This is a famous voice-over-IP service and instant messaging client thatis now owned by Microsoft

Airbnb: Airbnb is a website for people to rent out accommodation

LikeALittle: LikeALittle was a social network service stated purpose of allowing users to post flirts about other students around campus

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Justin Timberlake

Known for: He is singer and has acted in films including Friends with Benefits and Love Actually

Investments:

Stipple: It is a photo advertising start-up and provides a platform that allows the tagging of people, places, and objects inside of images.

Miso Media: Was a music education start-up. According to CrunchBase, the company has closed down

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Lady Gaga

Known for: She is a famous American singer

Investments:

Backplane: This is a social networking start-up. It allows like-minded people to connect across their shared interests.

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Tim Ferris

Known for: He is a best selling author who is well known for his book ‘The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich’

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Twitter: It’s a well-known micro-blogging website

Reputation.com: This is an online reputation management company that provides software and services to push down or remove negative information and create higher-ranking content for a company or an individual

DailyBurn: It is a a health and fitness company that provides workout and nutrition programs on a variety of web, mobile, and TV apps

SimpleGeo: This company offers services to developers that help them build location-aware applications

Others: He is also an advisor for companies including Evernote, StumbleUpon and Uber, according to Forbes.

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Will.i.am

Known for: The Grammy award winner is also known as William Adams, and part of the group Black eyed peas

Investments:

Twitter: According to VentureBeat, he has made ‘few strategic early investments, most notably in Twitter’

Tesla: He had also invested in the electric car maker Tesla, according to Venturebeat

Intel: In 2011, he was named as the director of creative innovation at giant Intel

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Shaquille O'Neal

Known for: He is a famous basketball player

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Tout: He is an adviser to the startup and receives a small piece of equity in the companym according to Black Enterprise magazine. Tout is a video platform and offers content exchange services

Google: He had also invested in Google stock before it's IPO, according to Black Enterprise magazine

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MC Hammer

Known for: Also known as Stanley Kirk Burrell, he is an American rapper and dancer

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DanceJam.com: According to CrunchBase he was the founder of the start-up DanceJam.com. The website was a social media for people to watch, share and learn dance.

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Curt Schilling

Known for: he is a former American Major League Baseball right-handed pitcher

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38 Studios: Was a and entertainment company that developed games

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Chamillionaire

Known for: Also known as Hakeem Seriki, he is an American rapper

Investments include:

He is the CEO of Chamillitary Entertainment. According to Forbes, he is a regular at Silicon Valley tech conferences

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Image: Rapper Chamillionaire and Women's Billiards Champ Jeanette Lee.
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