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'Two and a Half Men' star Ashton Kutcher promotes start-ups

September 27, 2011 | 12:15 pm

Aston Kutcher Ashton Kutcher, who plays a tech investor in real life and on television, used a laptop covered with start-up company logos in the latest episode of CBS' "Two and a Half Men."

One of the start-ups' chief executives, Foursquare's Dennis Crowley, who counts Kutcher as an investor, noticed.

At the TechCrunch Disrupt conference in San Francisco this month, Kutcher talked about playing his TV character, Walden Schmidt, an Internet billionaire who sold his company to Microsoft and now backs other entrepreneurs.

During the interview, Kutcher mentioned that he had covered his character's laptop with stickers of his "dream portfolio" companies but CBS balked at giving exposure to firms that hadn't paid for the privilege.

Guess CBS had a change of heart.

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Photo: Dennis Crowley's screen grab from "Two and a Half Men."

 

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