In October, Ashton Kutcher was hired at Lenovo as the company’s newest product engineer to promote Yoga Tablet line and other mobile products, but now the deeper association between the actor and the tech company causes a dramatic career change for the Two and a Half Men star, who has his hands full with helping the firm to design smartphones. The products made in partnership with Kutcher are expected to be launched this year and the design will probably be centered around the user experience.
The special edition Lenovo smartphones designed by the actor will be available in 2014 and executive David Roman insisted on assuring the public that the tech enthusiasts is a perfect fit for the company. At the same time, Ashton Kutcher’s dramatic career change is a breath of fresh air and unites his love for technology with his taste for entrepreneurship. The actor started learning biochemical engineering at the University of Iowa, but he gave up school and pursued a modeling career. He is also the co-founder of A-Grade Investments, a venture capital group and has invested in plenty of startups, including Airbnb, Foursquare and Uber.
A Diversified CV
The is not the first time when celebrities are linked to technology, but Ashton Kutcher’s jobs as a product engineer represents a dramatic career change for the person who impersonated tech guru Steve Jobs in the movie Jobs. Roman, chief marketing officer of Lenovo admires the actor’s “authentic, creative appetite for technology” and aims at involving him in the process of developing the next products. As a result, the smartphones which are expected to enter the market in 2014 wear Kutcher’s design signature.
At the same time, Roman stated that the Two and a Half Men star “not only sees himself as an engineer, but he is an engineer” who wishes to solve a problem the moment he sees it. Although the actor is not actually working on the system, he will have the chance to put his imprint on the user experience.
Lenovo’s Big Plans
Apart from the special edition smartphones which caused fans to believe that Ashton Kutcher may be heading to a dramatic career change, Lenovo is also in the process of purchasing Motorola Mobility from Google, which gives the tech company the opportunity to have another ace up its sleeve.
The price has been set at $2.91 billion, as Google CEO announced on the company’s official blog and the tech giant has also suggested that Motorola is a better fit for Lenovo, “which has a rapidly growing smartphone business and is the largest PC manufacturer in the world.” Google purchased Motorola Mobility in August 2011 for $12.5 billion.
Ashton Kutcher’s dramatic career change from a full-time movie star to a product engineer is not the only news revolving around the actor. The Two and a Half Men star and Mila Kunis, his long-time girlfriend are reportedly engaged and rumor has it that they even want to have a baby in the near future. A source told OK Magazine that the couple has been “trying for a baby for months” and Kunis has packed on ten pounds.
Regardless of Ashton Kutcher’s personal life, his partnership with Lenovo caused fans to believe that the actor may be heading to a dramatic career change.
By Gabriela Motroc