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Ashton Kutcher puts Berlin tech companies on the map

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Actors Ashton Kutcher (L) and Jon Cryer of the television show "Two And A Half Men" speak during the CBS portion of the 2012 Television Critics Association Press Tour at The Langham Huntington Hotel and Spa on Jan. 11, 2012 in Pasadena, California.

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Frederick M. Brown

MALMO, Sweden — Ashton Kutcher has invested in his third Berlin-based start-up, proving that the tech credentials of the Hollywood star stretch far beyond being the first person to cross 1m followers on Twitter.

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The star has put up part of a $1.4 million seed investment into Gidsy, a social travel start-up that allows locals to offer paid, customized tours to visiting tourists, among other services.

This follows Kutcher’s investment last year in Soundcloud, a sort of audio Youtube, which has since gained a valuation of some $200 million. He has also invested in Amen, a service that allows users to argue and vote on the goodness and badness of literally everything.

The growing number of investments in Berlin start-ups signals the arrival of the German capital as one of the global centers for tech entrepreneurs in Europe.

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Kutcher, who plays a suicidal tech billionaire in the show Two and a Half Men, entered the tech world when he joined the board of Ooma, a VOIP provider in 2007.

He formed his start-up investment vehicle, A-Grade Investments, with Guy Oseary, Madonna’s long-term business partner, whose Untitled Entertainment manages Kutcher, and the billionaire investor Ron Burkle.