I have been fortunate enough to spend my entire career in startups, from an engineer and designer to…

I have been fortunate enough to spend my entire career in startups, from an engineer and designer to a Founder and CEO. I’m now a General Partner at Spark Capital, an early stage venture firm that does things a little different, and has invested in some great companies.  Investments (alphabetical order):


Other: 

This blog has been retired, as I’m mostly getting my thoughts out on other platforms. The three most…

This blog has been retired, as I’m mostly getting my thoughts out on other platforms. The three most commonly used platforms for me now are: 1) Twitter is probably my most frequented spot: I’m nabeel 2) I will occasionally post longer pieces on Medium (potentially) 3) Hallway chat podcasts are available via Soundcloud and iTunes
I am also on Snapchat as nabeel where I post daily right now.  And lastly, I post photography of entrepreneurs, landscapes, and my family on Instagram as nabeelo  And, as always, experimenting with what’s new.

bijan: Nabeel and I recorded episode 20th of our podcast,…



bijan:
Nabeel and I recorded episode 20th of our podcast, Hallway Chat yesterday. Stuff we talked about (not necessarily in this order): -hardware startups -Apple Watch, iPad Pro -Are we overdue for a hot new mobile app, Peach, Snapchat -VC blogs, why we haven’t been writing more and new years resolutions -our tech habits while traveling on vacation -As our firm grows, we chat a bit about internal changes and evolution Please let us know if you have feedback, topic suggestions or questions that we should address in future shows. We would love to hear from you. Leave us your thoughts in the comments or tweet us. Thanks! 
New Hallway Chat! Tweet at us any feedback.

Insiders vs Outsiders

At the age of 13 I was a geeky outsider, and online life (BBSes in that pre-Internet age) allowed me to find the first tribe of people that I really related to. It was that little band of outsiders that got me into coding, hacking, design, and startups. In my first experiences with the online world no one knew your race, age, gender, or really anything except for your ability to make words, code, or art. Silicon Valley thrives and survives because it is a meritocracy, perhaps the most inclusive place in the world. Years ago Paul Graham wrote a piece on “Cities and Ambition” that still resonates with me. His premise was that every major city has a culture with a prevailing value: Cambridge, MA values how smart you are above all else, LA values fame, NY values money, etc. For me the best version of silicon valley has Continue reading "Insiders vs Outsiders"

Charles Eames is a hero of mine, as you may have noticed the quote on the top of this blog is from…

Charles Eames is a hero of mine, as you may have noticed the quote on the top of this blog is from him. He and his wife Ray were amazing designers, but they were also hugely influential in how everyone from a graphic design student to startups to Apple thinks about the process of designing today. It’s his birthday today, so I wanted to share notes from a 1949 talk he gave at UCLA called “Advice to Students.” It’s masterful, and I think of the last line often.
Make a list of books
Develop a curiosity
Look at things as though for the first time
Think of things in relation to each other
Always think of the next larger thing
Avoid the “pat” answer — the formula
Avoid the preconceived idea
Study well objects made past recent and ancient but never without the technological and social conditions responsible
Prepare Continue reading "Charles Eames is a hero of mine, as you may have noticed the quote on the top of this blog is from…"

Introducing our new partner, Kevin Thau

Introducing our new partner, Kevin Thau:

So happy to have Kevin join the family!

bijan:

Today we are announcing Kevin Thau is joining us as a General Partner based in our new office in San Francisco. My partners and I have known Kevin for nearly 10 years, having served on a board of directors at one of Kevin’s companies for pretty much the entire time we have been in business at Spark. In many ways we grew up together in this business. We know each other, work well together and have the highest regard for his character.

“We have exciting news at Spark Capital and I am delighted to share it with you. Today we are…”

We have exciting news at Spark Capital and I am delighted to share it with you.

Today we are announcing Kevin Thau is joining us as a General Partner based in our new office in San Francisco. His professional bio is on our website here.

My partners and I have known Kevin for nearly 10 years, having served on a board of directors at one of Kevin’s companies for pretty much the entire time we have been in business at Spark. In many ways we grew up together in this business. We know each other, work well together and have the highest regard for his character.

I remember when Ev decided to turn off SMS delivery at Twitter back in 2008 because we were paying for every tweet on a variety of mobile carriers. The costs were mounting. It was a painful decision but the right call. Kevin joined Continue reading "“We have exciting news at Spark Capital and I am delighted to share it with you. Today we are…”"