Boston VC Bijan Sabet is Biden’s pick for Czech Republic ambassador

After a career of working and investing in the tech industry, venture capitalist Bijan Sabet, co-founder of Boston venture capital firm Spark Capital, is going into diplomacy.

President Biden has nominated Sabet to be the next US ambassador to the Czech Republic, the White House announced Wednesday.

In a post on Twitter, Sabet said he was “incredibly honored and grateful to be nominated by President Biden.”

If approved by the Senate, Sabet would follow Wisconsin businessman Steve King, who served as ambassador from 2017 to 2021, and two career State Department diplomats who served as ambassadors in Czech Republic over the past year.

A Boston College alumnus, Sabet got his start in tech startups in the 1990s, including WebTV. He co-founded Spark in 2005 from a small office in Newbury Street. Sabet was an early investor in Twitter and served on the social media company’s board from 2008 to 2011. He has also invested in local startups including Wayfair and Flywire.

But the longtime VC pulled out of Spark last year and shifted its focus to angel investments in climate-focused startups in areas including water conservation, electric vehicles and energy. climate change education. “That’s where I want to spend my time,” he told the Globe in January. “That’s what I want to do.”

Sabet has regularly donated to Democratic candidates and political action committees, including more than $400,000 during the current election cycle, according to Federal Election Commission data.

A passionate amateur photographer, Sabet fills his Twitter and Instagram feeds with scans of photos taken with film cameras. His supporters should expect more Central European topics once Sabet is approved for his new post.

Aaron Pressman can be contacted at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @ampressman.

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