Actor and Hollywood media mogul Will Smith stunned the TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2019 viewers this afternoon by saying he would make investments $10Ok in a startup that pitched to him onstage as a part of an “elevator pitch” contest, the place the winner would get to take a selfie with the star. The startup, Socionado.com, helps firms with their social media presence. Nonetheless, what received Smith’s consideration was their well-delivered pitch, he stated.
The startups didn’t get a lot time to organize, having been plucked from the Startup Alley earlier within the day.
Along with responding effectively to the pitch itself, Smith additionally appreciated the idea and the enterprise mannequin.
“As I constructed out my social media staff, that was the concept — I needed to take again my storytelling,” stated Smith. “I feel that’s vastly vital.”
“That was actually the very best pitch so we’re gonna rock a selfie,” Smith stated, leaping as much as snap a photograph with the founder.
Smith’s funding technique isn’t normally this off-the-cuff, nevertheless.
Talking onstage on the Disrupt convention, he additionally supplied extra particulars on his plans for Dreamers VC, the funding agency based with Japanese soccer star Keisuke Honda, which was introduced final yr by Honda’s administration agency KSK Group.
Smith famous the agency has an curiosity in “doing good” with its funds — pointing, specifically, to an funding in “Boring tech.” (He truly means The Boring Firm, per the Dreamers VC web site, the place it’s listed alongside a bunch of others.)
He additionally supplied a little bit background on how Dreamers VC got here to be within the first place.
“Effectively, you understand, I met with [Keisuke Honda] and we simply hit it off instantly. And, you understand, we felt like there was a fantastic intersection between having the ability to create companies, but additionally to remain centered on fixing issues of the world,” Smith defined. Honda already had banking relationships in Japan that had been trying to make their method into the U.S.
“So the connection labored out effectively,” he stated.
Plus, Smith provides, “I had already been investing and he had already been investing and our values had been in alignment. We need to resolve a number of the world’s issues. We need to do effectively by doing good.”