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The folks over at AutoBlogGreen have some great photos of former Secretary of State Colin Powell checking out the Fisker Karma at the Washington Auto Show this week — he’s looking under the hood and chatting with Fisker’s CEO. But while Powell is probably a natural […]

colinpowelltinyThe folks over at AutoBlogGreen have some great photos of former Secretary of State Colin Powell checking out the Fisker Karma at the Washington Auto Show this week — he’s looking under the hood and chatting with Fisker’s CEO. But while Powell is probably a natural gear head in his own right, there’s a bigger connection between Fisker and Powell: the venture firm Kleiner Perkins.

Colin Powell joined Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers as a strategic limited partner back in 2005. There was a lot of buzz over his appointment at the time, but since then he hasn’t seemed to offer much of a public face for the firm — and of course, Kleiner now has Al Gore to help with political connections. Kleiner has invested in Fisker Automotive, the maker of the Fisker Karma — reportedly at least $10 million. Anyhoo, just saying. Washington DC and Silicon Valley are pretty chummy these days.

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  1. Bingo! Good job Katie. While everyone else saw “Auto Czar” you got the real connection. KPCB investment in Fisker Automotive is a lot more than $10M and I’ll bet Powell & Gore each have a FA Karma on order.

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