While it wasn’t the blockbuster hit that many thought it would be, Ashton Kutcher has often said in the media that playing Steve Jobs in the biopic Jobs, was one of his most favorite roles of his career. Playing Jobs gave Kutcher the opportunity to mesh his two biggest passions, acting and technology. Kutcher has been investing in technology companies for the past four years as an angel investor and through his firm A-Grade Investments.
Jobs debuted in theaters on August 16th and did a disappointing $16,131,410 at the box office. This was just $4 million dollars over the movies $12 million dollar production budget. Worldwide it totaled $35 million.
It’s no wonder that Kutcher has jumped the Apple ship and turned into an “engineer” for Lenovo helping to design a new Android tablet for the PC manufacturer.
Business Insider report that on Tuesday evening Kutcher launched the new tablet, called Yoga, at an event in Los Angeles. gone were the scruffy hair and goatee that Kutcher had adorned for the Jobs movie. Now don’t get this new role mistaken for pitch man, Lenovo said in their media kit for the new tablet:
“Ashton will work with the company’s engineering teams around the world to develop and market the Yoga line of tablets by providing input and decision-making into design, specifications, software and usage scenarios.”
Lenovo reportedly hired Kutcher because of his tech background and his angel investment experience. Many founders of the company’s that Kutcher has invested in say he takes a very active role in each company, sometimes penning long memos suggesting new features, new design or business development ideas. These are the same kinds of things Lenovo feels that Kutcher can contribute to the Lenovo Yoga.
The Yoga will come in both 8 inch and 10 inch models for $249 and $299 respectively. It’s getting mixed reviews across those who got a chance to play with the first runs of the tablets at the Los Angeles event.