Actor-singer-philanthropist Priyanka Chopra will now also be known as a tech investor as she announced investments in a coding school and dating app this week.
According to a New York Times report, Chopra has put money in a coding education company in San Francisco called Holberton School, which teaches software development for free to students in exchange for 17% of their paychecks for the first three-and-a-half year of their coder careers. Sounds like a fair deal to us.
The school’s teaching methodology is based on projects and group learning instead of traditionally tailored lessons. “You just hang out and you’re learning. It’s amazing,” said Chopra, who will also join the school’s board of advisers.
The Baywatch star has also invested in a dating app called Bumble, which she plans to bring to India soon.
So how did Chopra get interested in the tech industry, anyway? The idea of investing in tech was floated to her by her manager Anjula Acharia, who is also a founder and angel investor in Silicon Valley. But the actor isn’t just doing it for the heck of it — her plan is to focus her investments on women-founded companies and companies with an element of social impact.
“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,’” she said. “It’s not about that.”
With her involvement in Holberton, Priyanka hopes to promote the school to her fans and correct the gender disparity in the tech industry.
“If one day, because of Priyanka, it became 100 percent women, I’d be cool with that,” Acharia said to NYT.