Investing Advice From Ashton Kutcher

15 September 2015,   By ,   0 Comments

It’s safe to say Ashton Kutcher is a household name.  His extremely successful film and television career spans from Punk’d to Dude Where’s My Car, That 70’s Show and now most recently Two and a Half Men.  If you were really paying attention in the past few years you may even remember his shockingly inspiring speech that came from the most unlikely source, The Teen Choice Awards.

But what you probably didn’t know is that Ashton Kutcher is, and has been for the past 4 years, a career venture capitalist.  Take a look at his rap sheet of investments, the largest of which totals $200,000,000 to AirBnB.

I bring this up because we recently came across a great article written by Medium profile, Product Hunt, based on a LIVE CHAT interview Ashton Kutcher did with the profile’s subscribers.  After reading this article, we came away with just as much insight into the world of investing as we did respect for the actor-turned-investor.  You can’t read the interview and not be impressed, especially when he starts off by stating that he only takes companies that are NOT wowed by his celebrity-factor. No shortcuts for this guy.  This article is full of valuable information and we’ve compiled it all below:


How To Know Where To Invest:

-Ask questions from the founder

  • Look for what they’re not saying
  • Ashton also goes on to say that if they “explain it as if they’re explaining it to a kid in high school”, it really tells you the essentials and lets you know if the founders can sell the product or not right away

-Ask for help from experts

  • Ashton has never made an investment without contacting an expert in the field

-Do competitive landscape analysis

  • Always important to find out who’s doing something similar to pivot your product into new territory


Why He Does It:

To meet and spend time with bright, creative, innovative, driven people that care about other people

  • He believes, rightfully so, that making money and changing the world are both byproducts of care and compassion for other people.


How To Increase Your Chance Of Success:

-Focus on making a good product that solves a real problem in an innovative way

  • The money will come…


What Traits He Looks For In a Founder:

“I’m looking for founders with grit — people who don’t give up, people with the execution ability in whatever space they are disrupting, people I’d be willing to work for, people who are flexible. [I’m looking for] leaders, good communicators, people who know their company inside out.”


The Difference He Wants To Make:

-Ashton remembers back to a time when he was watching Bono and thought, “That’s what I want to do. I want to use my platform to impact peoples lives in any way I can. I’m not at that level yet, but at least now he’s mentoring me and we are starting to make some progress.”

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    I wish I’d said it first, and I don’t even know who did: The only problems that money can solve are money problems. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Second Neurotic’s Notebook, 1966

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