New York: Actress Priyanka Chopra is excited to embark on a new 'chapter' as an investor in tech start-up Holberton School, a coding education company, as well as in dating and social media app Bumble. This is also an effort on her part to help change the tech industry`s gender disparity.
"A new chapter for me! I am so excited to partner with Bumble and Holberton School as an investor. I`m honoured to join two companies that strive to expand gender diversity in the tech space, and make a social impact for the greater good... let`s do this," Priyanka tweeted on Thursday.
It is her first project as a start-up investor, and Priyanka recently toured the San Francisco home of her new portfolio company -- the school which uses projects and group learning instead of more traditional courses, to teach software development, according to The New York Times. The actress` investment in Holberton is part of an $8.2 million round of funding for Holberton that closed in April. She will join the company`s board of advisers and will emphasise support for Holberton`s mission to educate people from underprivileged backgrounds. Her investments will skew heavily toward companies with an element of social impact and companies founded by women.
"I don`t want to just be one of those people who`s like, `Yeah, I want to be on the tech bandwagon -- how are they making so much money?` It`s not about that," said Priyanka, who is engaged to American singer Nick Jonas, has been squeezing in meetings with start-up founders and lined up future investments in between her hectic schedules. "Geeks are taking over the world. If they haven`t already," said the 'Quantico' star, who has joined the bandwagon of celebrities like Ashton Kutcher, Leonardo DiCaprio, who have invested in tech start-ups too.
Her second investment is in Bumble, a dating and social media app founded by Whitney Wolfe Herd. She plans to help promote Bumble`s launch in India in the coming months, reported The New York Times. Priyanka was introduced to tech investing by her manager Anjula Acharia, a founder and angel investor who spent time as an entrepreneur-in-residence and partner at Trinity Ventures, a Silicon Valley venture capital firm. The two have worked together since 2010.