The Bollywood Diva Priyanka Chopra recently toured the San Francisco based Holberton School, a coding education company, which is her new portfolio company.
The Campus of Holberton School resembles a WeWork more than a school, it has open-plan rows of desks, decorative neon lights and meeting rooms named after famous people. The School uses projects and group learning, instead of old-school traditional courses, to teach software development.
“You just hang out and you’re learning,” Ms. Chopra said. “It’s amazing.”
Lately, Priyanka has been doing a lot of hanging out and learning in technology circle. She has been in meeting with start-up founders and lined up future investments.
“Geeks are taking over the world,” Ms. Chopra said. “If they haven’t already,” she quickly added.
Priyanka is not the first one, there have been many celebrities especially male celebrities have gained much attention than those from the female. Aston Kutcher, Carmelo Anthony, Nas, and Leonardo DiCaprio are also among the list.
Beyoncé, Tyra Banks and Demi Lovato are few to be named in the list of female celebrities.
Priyanka said she isn’t sure that how many deals she would go for or how much money she will invest, but she does have a plan on building a portfolio.
On Wednesday she announced her investment, in Bumble, a dating and social media app. She also plans to help promote Bumble’s launch in the coming month in India.
With their part in Holberton, She is making an effort to help change the tech industry gender imbalance.
Holberton was founded in 2015, teaches students without charge, then charges 17% of their paycheck for three and a half year after they graduate. So far all of the graduates have found jobs. Priyanka is part of $8.2 million round of funding closed in April. She will join the company’s board of advisers.
Priyanka highlighted her support for Holberton’s mission to educate people from underprivileged backgrounds. Her investments will work heavily toward companies with an element of social impact and companies founded by women.