Ashton Kutcher – the man whose social media savvy made him a Twitter force to be reckoned with – has announced that he has made a significant investment in Airbnb and will be joining the team as a strategic advisor.
For many, Ashton Kutcher is an actor and heartthrob, but in the tech scene he’s made his mark as a branding and new media expert. The company isn’t sharing the size of the check, but says it represents Kutcher’s biggest venture investment to date. As part of the deal, the actor will join the Airbnb team as an “ally and trusted advisor” who will help out in a “community engagement” capacity.
Founded in August 2008 and based in San Francisco, California, Airbnb is a trusted community marketplace for people to list, discover, and book unique spaces around the world online or from an iPhone device. With 50,000 unique listings available in more than 8,000 cities and 167 countries, Airbnb offers the widest variety of unique spaces for everyone, at any price point around the globe.
More thoughts from the CEO, Brian Chesky, and Airbnb’s newest advisor, Ashton Kutcher, can be found in their exclusive interview with the New York Times.