Youtuber The King of Random, Grant Thompson, dies age 38 - Dexerto
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Youtuber The King of Random, Grant Thompson, dies age 38

Published: 31/Jul/2019 0:27 Updated: 31/Jul/2019 1:00

by Alan Bernal

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The internet is mourning the death of Grant Thompson, known to his 11 million YouTube subscribers as The King of Random, after learning of his passing on July 30. He was 38 years old.

Grant had been sharing the depths of life’s strange hacks through hilarious experiments and astonishing projects for almost a decade, all for the sake of entertaining and educating those who were willing to watch.

Grant was committed to his craft, constantly putting out creative video after the next. It was routine for his fans to get five or more pieces of content from him every single week, each brimming with the genuine personality he imbued.

The King of Random / YouTubeThe King of Random will be remembered by his millions of followers and fans.

His most popular video titled “How to Make LEGO Gummy Candy!” has over 26 million views, with about 2.5 billion views on his entire channel.

Mark, Grant’s brother, told TMZ that authorities had discovered the YouTuber’s body on Tuesday after he had gone paragliding on Monday, the evening before.

Reports on Monday to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office describe a paraglider who went missing near Sand Hollow State Park that afternoon. The report prompted an immediate search for the lost person.

The efforts of local law enforcement managed to find Grant using a helicopter at night. Along with paragliding equipment, authorities are reviewing recording devices found at the crash site to find out what went wrong.

People close to Grant posted In Memoriams on his main YouTube channel as well as his Instagram that has over 350,000 followers.

“It is with great sadness to inform everyone that Grant Thompson passed away last night,” the Instagram post reads. “Grant had great love and appreciation for his fans. We invite you to share your thoughts for Grant and the channel in the comments. Please do a random act of love or kindness today in honor of The King of Random. Grant’s legacy will live on in the channel and the global community he created.”

Taken from the world much too soon, a lot of fans would agree that The King of Random had consistently and persistently accomplished his “childhood dream to become like McGuyver,” as he once told Jimmy Fallon on the Tonight Show.

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Charli D’Amelio invests in $50 million banking service for teens

Published: 2/Dec/2020 19:00

by Virginia Glaze

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TikTok’s most-followed content creator, Charli D’Amelio, has invested in her very first startup, and it’s a $50 million mobile banking service specifically aimed at teenagers.

In true D’Amelio fashion, Charli has decided to invest in her first company, Step, along with a slew of other celebrity investors.

What is Step?

Step is a mobile banking service directed toward teenagers aged 13-19, which announced this morning that it has raised over $50 million during its Series B funding stage.

Step has grown to over 500,000 users in two months after its official launch, and features a variety of elements seen in apps like Venmo and PayPal, allowing users to send money to friends via peer-to-peer technology.

 

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The service also offers its teen customer-base FDIC-insured bank accounts without any fees, easing their foray into the financial world. Step even gives users a Visa card that allows them to establish credit prior to turning 18.

Charli D’Amelio on her Step investment

As for Charli D’Amelio, she seems to be quite jazzed about the bank’s entire concept, having risen to prominence in the mobile world before turning 16 this year.

“As a Step partner and customer, I’ve been able to see firsthand how easy Step makes it to manage your money while providing the educational resources that today’s teens need but have largely been unable to find—myself included,” D’Amelio stated.

 

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“I’m excited to be able to use my platform to help close this gap and have made a direct investment in Step to help them develop even more useful products.”

Charli isn’t the only big name putting some stock into Step; A-list celebs like Will Smith, the Chainsmokers, and Justin Timberlake are also investing in the bank, making for a truly star-studded affair for the emerging company.

Step is planning to partner with even more celebrities and influencers in the future, and hopes to help its teenaged customer-base with everything from student loans to building credit in the long-term.

Charli D'Amelio invests in Step mobile banking
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Step aims to help teenagers ease into the confusing financial world.

“Student loans are a big thing. Being able to extend credit to these folks. Being able to offer new products and services so they’re not paying these outrageous, predatory banking fees and high interest credit cards,” Step CEO MacDonald said of the service.

It looks like Charli is making big waves with this major investment, and all eyes are peeled to see if her 101 million TikTok followers will hop onto the Step trend, too.