Guy Oseary, Ashton Kutcher's Tech Fund A-Grade Valued at $150 Million
A-Grade's portfolio of more than 20 companies includes stakes in Airbnb, Shazam, Path, Flipboard, Foursquare, Uber, Spotify, Fab.com and Soundcloud
A-Grade Investments, a venture capital fund founded in 2010 by Guy Oseary, Ashton Kutcher and Ron Burkle, has a new valuation: $150 million, as Billboard reveals in a cover story detailing Oseary's new management consortium, Maverick. The fund had most recently been valued at $100 million, as announced at TechCrunch's Disrupt NY Conference in May 2013.
As Billboard previously reported in an April 2013 cover story detailing the tech investments of Oseary and fellow music moguls Scooter Braun and Troy Carter, A-Grade's portfolio of more than 20 companies includes stakes in Airbnb, Shazam, Path, Flipboard, Foursquare, Uber, Spotify, Fab.com and Soundcloud. Other investments include Pinterest, Washio, Nextdoor and Houzz.
"Not dissimilar to music," Oseary says, "supporting a startup can at times be like supporting an artist. They have to have a voice and a vision so you can back them. It's your job, like in A&R at a record company, to identify the voice and to say, 'That voice speaks to people, let's get it out there to as many people as possible.' "
Other music moguls-turned-investors include fellow Maverick manager Adam Leber, who reveals in this week's Billboard an investment in Shervin Pishevar's Sherpa Ventures (Uber, Tumblr, Warby Parker), as well as WME head of music Marc Geiger, Roc Nation president Jay Brown, Pepsi's Frank Cooper, Three Six Zero Group's Marc Gillespie and, most recently, DJs Tiesto and Steve Angello.
This article originally appeared on Billboard.com.