How Ashton Kutcher And Guy Oseary Built A $250 Million Portfolio With Startups Like Uber And Airbnb

Ashton Kutcher, one of the world’s highest-paid TV actors, can obviously afford that most essential of Los Angeles celebrity luxuries: a car and driver. But he still prefers Uber. “We’re going to go to Warner Bros.,” he dictates, as we hop into a black Chevy Tahoe with Kutcher’s business partner, music manager Guy Oseary, in Beverly Hills. “So we’ll go to Moorpark and then hit the 101.

Pocket introduces a new responsive web design and raises another $7 million

Save-for-later service Pocket introduced a redesign of its web client today, making the site responsive for the first time and allowing it to scale more easily from smartphone screens to desktop monitors. The web version now includes a persistent sidebar offering one-tap access to your saved articles, videos, and images, as well as your favorites, archived saves, and anything you've tagged.

BlueCrew Upgrades Its Blue Collar Staffing Platform

If you’ve ever been in between jobs and had to look for temporary employment, you’ve probably reached out to a staffing agency. You’ve also probably learned the kinds of jobs that these agencies typically recruit for; it’s a lot of paper pushing in law firms, filing, answering phones, and other basic office work that does not require a lot of training. Typically, these jobs are white-collar (albeit low-level), stock-up-on-khakis-because-you’ll-be-wearing-them-a-lot kind of jobs

Gigster snags $10m in Series A

San Francisco-based Gigster, on-demand software development service, has raised $10 million in Series A funding. Andreessen Horowitz led the round with participation from Y Combinator Continuity Fund I, Ron Conway of SV Angel, Ashton Kutcher of Sound Ventures and Jason Calacanis of Launch Fund. In addition to the funding, Lars Dalgaard, a partner at Andreessen Horowitz, has been added to Gigster’s board of directors. (via PE Hub)

Moovit announces funding from Sound Ventures and pushes into China and India

Israeli public transportation app Moovit has received an undisclosed amount of funding from Sound Ventures, the VC firm founded by Ashton Kutcher and U2 and Madonna manager Guy Oseary.

The funding was announced today at the Web Summit in Dublin. The money is intended to push the company’s growth in India and China.

“Investments like these help us to bring more public transit options to markets in need, like India and China, as well as to continue to strengthen our active community of editors around the world,” said CEO Nir Erez.

The app is now launching in four Chinese cities in Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou.

It also recently launched in India’s third largest city of eight million people, Bangalore and is expected to launch in three more Indian cities before the end of the year. The app said it has a great opportunity in India, owing to the lack of official data in many major cities.

The startup is currently active in over 700 cities globally with a community of 20,000 editors.

8i Raises $13.5M To Chase The Human Side Of Virtual Reality

There I stood, about a foot away from a mother and her newborn baby. The mother was talking to her daughter in a video captured in virtual reality for the child to see one day when she’s older. It was realistic. Almost scarily so. I was able to walk around a “room” and watch the mother speaking from every angle, including behind her.

I’ve never seen that much human detail with a VR getup on my face.

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