She may be busy planning her wedding with American singer Nick Jonas but that hasn’t stopped Priyanka Chopra from entering the world of entrepreneurship. Priyanka has become one of the most recognizable faces on the planet and is now turning her talents to the world of technology investment.
She has had such a long and varied career that it’s easy to forget that Priyanka Chopra is still just 36 years old.
The Jharkhand-born star began her career in modeling and became a familiar face after her involvement in pageantry. Priyanka was crowned Miss World in the year 2000 – then the fifth Indian contestant to win the title – but had her sights set on another career path.
Following her success in the world of modeling, she headed down the path of scientific research after showing a keen interest in the world of aeronautical engineering.
However, Chopra chose to accept some of the offers from Bollywood and joined the film industry instead. Her breakout role came in the 2004 thriller Aitraaz but more acclaim followed for her performances in Fashion and 7 Khoon Maaf.
Following her success in India, Chopra signed with ABC Studios in the United States of America and eventually secured the lead role in the channel’s television thriller series, Quantico. Chopra drew acclaim for her performance on the show and won a part in the 2017 comedy Baywatch starring Dwayne Johnson. Quantico was canceled in 2018 and following on from that disappointment, it appears as if Chopra is ready to take on her next venture.
She has joined the flourishing world of technology entrepreneurship, investing in a number of companies in the United States.
One of Chopra’s first investments was a coding education company called Holberton School. Holberton is a center which teaches software development using new and unconventional methods like group learning and projects. “You just hang out and you’re learning,” Chopra told the San Francisco Chronicle after a recent visit to the school.
“It’s amazing. Geeks are taking over the world if they haven’t already.”
She certainly isn’t the first celebrity living in America to invest in the world of technology. Big names like Beyonce, Leonardo DiCaprio and the rapper, Nas, all have invested in tech. Many have even set up their own funding companies and Ashton Kutcher has even been spotted at technology conferences.
Priyanka Chopra was introduced to tech investing by her manager, Anjula Acharia, the woman who helped turn her transition from a Bollywood to a Hollywood star.
Investment is a key part of life for Acharia who serves as a partner at Trinity Ventures. Now, she has helped Chopra secure another name for her growing technology portfolio in the shape of the location-based dating and social app, Bumble. The company was founded in 2011 by Whitney Wolfe Herd – one of the co-founders of the online dating site, Tinder – and has grown rapidly in popularity over the last few years. Now, Chopra wants to play a role in the drive to take Bumble to India.
Online dating has become hugely successful in recent years and it’s easy to see why. Apps like Tinder are carefully designed to make sure users keep returning to swipe at their matches. The New Statesman has claimed that online dating apps can often be addictive to their user base as they can change our brain chemistry, playing into what Betway has called the Dopamine Feedback Loop. Given this information, it could be a shrewd decision to take Bumble to India.
But of course, Bumble is different from any other online dating app. In Bumble, women have more control in heterosexual matches and can choose to talk first if they desire so. Putting women first is something which Chopra wants to do with her investments, too. They will be mostly focused on companies with an element of social impact, and organizations founded by women.