Tony Blair turns VC – Joins Silicon Valley firm as a senior adviser

Former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair is joining Khosla Ventures, the VC firm. He will join as a senior adviser. Khosla is putting about $1.1 billion into clean technology companies and and tech companies right now.

One of the companies is Calera, a UK company which has a process to sequestrate carbon emissions in cement, while another, Kior, turns wood chips into biofuels.

Mr Blair said: “I am increasingly and crucially aware of the fact that the answer to these twin challenges — climate change and energy security — lies in developing the technological solutions of the future.”

It’s clearly a win for Khosla which will now get access to his significant global network.

Blair heads the “Breaking the Climate Deadlock” effort.

Khosla Ventures is based in Menlo Park, Calif., and invests between $5 million and $15 million in technology start-ups.