Bollywood and Hollywood superstar Priyanka Chopra has quietly begun embarking upon a second career as a startup tech investor, and this week announced she’s made her second major investment as an angel: in the popular dating app Bumble. She said being an angel investor is a project that is in large part motivated by her desire to support companies that are founded by women and that she believes can make a social impact.
The 36-year-old’s first major investment helped to fund the Holberton School, a coding education company that seeks to teach students with an innovative approach featuring projects and group learning instead of using traditional courses. Bumble was founded by Whitney Wolfe Herde, and is an innovative dating app in that the conversations between men and women are only initiated if a woman messages a man first. Bumble is planning to launch in India over the coming months and Chopra, The New York Times reports, will be lending her celebrity to the app’s foray into the massive new market.
“Geeks are taking over the world, if they haven’t already,” said Chopra. “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.”
Chopra, who now sits on the Holberton School’s board of advisers, says that the school is intended primarily to benefit students from underprivileged backgrounds. In order to do so, the school forgoes any initial charges for the classes, requiring instead that graduates pay 17 percent of their paycheck for three and a half years after they graduate. Two-thirds of students at the school come from minority backgrounds, 30 percent are women, and to date all of its graduates have successfully found employment. Chopra has previously been outspoken about the obstacles faced by minorities and women in the U.S., declaring in an April interview that Hollywood and Bollywood alike flagrantly and often blatantly underpaid women compared to their male counterparts.
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