Snoop Dogg invests in San Francisco's Philz Coffee 

click to enlarge Snoop Dogg performs at HOT 97's "The Tip Off" at Madison Square Garden on Thursday, Feb 12, 2015, in New York. - SCOTT ROTH/INVISION/AP
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  • Snoop Dogg performs at HOT 97's "The Tip Off" at Madison Square Garden on Thursday, Feb 12, 2015, in New York.
Snoop Dogg is officially an investor in San Francisco’s Philz Coffee, and even his financial partner couldn’t help making an accidental pot reference.

“Snoop has a special affinity for organic ingredients,” said Nick Adler, vice president of the Cashmere Agency, to MarketWatch over the weekend.

Philz, which launched in the Mission in 2003, accepted the rapper’s check as part of its $15 million second round of funding last week.

When he’s not chugging his favorite Philz brew (Tesora), Snoop is investing in other startups such as social-media site Reddit and stock app Robinhood, where he counts Jared Leto and Nas among co-investors.

But companies aren’t just getting Snoop’s cash — “You’re getting the Snoop machine,” Adler told Fast Company last year. “He’s got 60 million social followers; his network is insane.”

Snoop isn’t abandoning his first love: According to a report from Tech Crunch earlier this month, Snoop is trying to raise $25 million to invest in cannabis technology.


“The Imitation Game” screenwriter Graham Moore’s effusive speech at the Academy Awards made him a social-media star, but he had to clear up one small detail afterward.

“I’m not gay,” Moore told Buzzfeed after the speech, which invoked “Imitation Game” subject Alan Turing, a genius World War II code breaker who was gay. He committed suicide in 1954.

Moore’s speech touched on his own suicide attempt as a 16-year-old who didn’t feel he belonged; he encouraged teens to “stay weird, stay different.”

Different, but not exactly the kind of different some were thinking.

“I’m not gay, but I’ve never talked publicly about depression before or any of that,” Moore said. “And that was so much of what the movie was about, and it was one of the things that drew me to Alan Turing so much.”


Good Charlotte guitarist Benji Madden tattooed the name of his wife, actress Cameron Diaz, across his chest, though it might turn into “Camaro” after the inevitable breakup. … Three Dog Night singer Chuck Negron was “floored” that his cousin Taylor Negron was left out of the Oscars’ memorial tribute after the “Last Boy Scout” actor died of cancer last month at 57. Joan Rivers and Elaine Stritch were also snubbed. ... “American Horror Story” actor Ben Woolf died Monday after being hit by an SUV last week. He was 34.


Actress Bonnie Somerville (“NYPD Blue”) is 41. ... Pro Football Hall of Famer Fred Dean is 63. … Actor Edward James Olmos (“Zoot Suit”) is 68. … Actor Abe Vigoda (“Barney Miller”) is 94.

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Giselle Velazquez was born and raised in the shadow of San Francisco's Diamond Heights and now lives in the shadow of South San Francisco's Sign Hill. She has written for publications such as The S.F. Examiner, Ventura County Star, and the S.F. Bay Guardian.
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