Ashton Kutcher is an actor, tech investor and producer. Kutcher starred in the comedy series’ Two and a Half Men and That 70’s Show and a variety of box office hits on the big screen. 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. That year he also co-created Thorn: Digital Defenders of Children. Thorn drives technology innovation to fight the sexual exploitation of children. In 2011, Kutcher created a venture fund, A-Grade Investments, with Ron Burkle and Guy Oseary. A-Grade has invested in multiple tech companies including Spotify, Airbnb, Foursquare, Fab, Uber, Dwolla and Path. Kutcher is also co-founder of Katalyst, a media company creating original content for digital media, television and film. 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.
We honor Ashton for his leadership role in identifying, utilizing and popularizing the power of connecting technologies and social media. His efforts have disrupted traditional business platforms and helped create and raise the awareness of a new model for the distribution of entertainment, media and information.
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