Nabeel is a General Partner at Spark Capital, focusing on early-stage investments.
Nabeel has led Spark’s investments in Capella Space, Discord, Fig, Harmonix, Postmates, Proletariat, Rare Bits, Rylo, Smash.gg, Sonder, Thalmic Labs, and Zum. He also led Spark’s previous investment in Cruise (acquired by General Motors).
Nabeel seeks out entrepreneurs who develop that rare combination of design and technology to transform markets. He looks for products in which the underlying technology can be complex, but are presented as a simple, magical experience to the people who use them. Cruise, for example, is tackling deep technical challenges in computer vision and perception to bring an elegant solution to self-driving cars. Postmates has a seemingly humble first offering—it brings you dinner in under an hour via a simple push-button mobile app—but by finally solving the complicated operations of last mile delivery, it upends all of urban logistics.
Before joining Spark in 2012, Nabeel was co-founder and chief executive officer of Conduit Labs. Conduit was sold to Zynga in 2010, where he became general manager up through its IPO. Prior to that he was variously co-founder, head of product and chief executive officer at a variety of hardware and software companies including MIT Media Lab spin-out Ambient Devices, Teamtalk (BSkyB) and Interphase.
Nabeel received a B.A. in Design from Maryland Institute, College of Art, and studied Computer Science at Purdue University. He now lives in Berkeley, California with is his wife and two boys.
Nabeel is an Investor Adviser with the IEEE Entrepreneurship Office Hours Pilot Program.