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Stephen Harper joins Silicon Valley venture capital firm 8VC as adviser

Outgoing prime minister Stephen Harper arrives at his Langevin office in Ottawa, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015.

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Former prime minister Stephen Harper has taken an advisory role with 8VC – a San Francisco-based venture-capital firm – in his latest public venture since walking away from politics last year.

Privately held 8VC was started in 2015 and counts well-known venture capitalists Drew Oetting and Joe Lonsdale among its founders. The firm invests in early-stage tech companies and manages in the region of $1.5-billion (U.S.), according to Forbes.

"Over the past year, I have witnessed not only the depth of 8VC's engineering capability, but also the breadth of their strategic vision," Mr. Harper wrote in a post on Medium.

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"In focusing on vital sectors such as health care, transportation and financial transactions, 8VC is positioned for long-term global relevance," he added.

Mr. Harper served as prime minister from 2006 to 2015. He gave up the leadership of the Conservative Party following the election victory of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in October, 2015. Mr. Harper resigned as a member of parliament in August, 2016.

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