Shervin PishevarMiami-Fort Lauderdale Area, United States
Bio
Shervin is a serial entrepreneur and investor. Shervin is the co-founder of Sherpa Capital, a leading venture capital firm with $650m under management. Shervin is also co-founder and first Executive Chairman of Virgin Hyperloop One, a transportation company. Shervin was GP of Sherpa Capital Fund I, Sherpa Capital Fund II and Sherpa Everest I, from 2013 to the end of 2017, where he helped raise and invest over $650m in the 3 funds. Shervin is one of the top ranked venture capital investors, averaging over 73x on his investments. Forbes recently ranked Shervin #93 on 2017’s The Midas List for the top 100 venture investors where he has been ranked in the Midas List top 100 venture capitalists list in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. Shervin is a former member of the Board of Directors of Uber (where he was Board Observer from 2011-2015 and was a Strategic Advisor), Wag, Machine Zone, Cue Health, Munchery, Pillpack (Board Observer and others. He has supported many charities and served on charity boards like Build.org (along with others like Jack Dorsey) and has served as an advisor to the Malala Fund. Shervin is co-founder of Sofreh Capital. Prior to co-founding Sherpa Capital, he was a Managing Director at Menlo Ventures, a venture capital firm with over $4 billion under management. Shervin joined Menlo Ventures in 2011 and led key early investments such as Uber (Series B), Machine Zone (Series B), Warby Parker (SeriesA), Tumblr, and Getaround and others and started their seed investment program called Menlo Talent Fund and helped close over 35 seed investments while at Menlo including Parse (sold to Facebook) and Scan (sold to Snap). In addition, as an angel investor, he personally made over 100 seed and angel investments like a seed investment in Dollar Shave Club (sold Unilever for a $1 billion), Postmates, Cherry (acquired by Lyft), TaskRabbit, Parse, Qwiki, Gowalla, Milk, Socialcam, and Klout. An accomplished entrepreneur, Shervin founded and operated technology-enabled companies, including Virgin Hyperloop One, Webs.com (as founding President and COO) which was acquired by VistaPrint, SGN (now JamCity, a leading mobile game developer), WebOS and HyperOffice. Companies he founded have reached an aggregate of over 100 million users. In 2016, Shervin was selected as an Ellis Island Medal of Honor award winner. He was appointed by the President Barack H. Obama to serve on the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FFSB) from 2015. He was also chosen by the U.S. Government as an Outstanding American by Choice, one of the only 100 naturalized Americans to be chosen since the beginning of the award. He has served on the advisory board of Comscore, was one of the 10 members of the UN Foundation’s Global Entrepreneurs Council, served as an entrepreneurial ambassador in several state department delegations to the Middle East and Russia, and was a keynote speaker at President Obama’s Summit on entrepreneurship in Algeria.
Social
Experience
Lead Investor, Strategic Advisor & former Board Observer
Uber
Nov 2011 - Current
Investor and Board Member
SIZZLE
Jun 2019 - Current
Stealth company
Investor/LP
Bling Capital
Jan 2019 - Current
Investor and Board Member
Bolt Mobility
May 2018 - Current
Investor
Stealth Space Co
May 2018 - Current
Investor/LP
Craft Ventures
Jan 2018 - Current
Co-Founder and Managing Director
Sofreh Capital (family office)
Dec 2017 - Current
Investor
quip.
Dec 2017 - Current
Investor
Light Field Lab, Inc.
Oct 2017 - Current
Investor/LP
Trailmix Ventures
Mar 2017 - Current
Investor and former Board Member
Brandless, Inc.
Jan 2017 - Current
Investor
DIRTY LEMON
Jan 2017 - Current
Investor
OpenGov Inc.
Jan 2017 - Current
Investor and Former Board Member
Stealth Space Company
Oct 2016 - Current
Investor
ipsy
Jun 2016 - Current
Investor
Fair.com
Jun 2016 - Current
Investor
Cadre
Apr 2016 - Current
Investor
Slack
Mar 2016 - Current
Investor
Opendoor
Feb 2016 - Current
Investor
DiDi
Jan 2016 - Current
Investor and former Board Member
Wag Labs Inc.
Jan 2016 - Current
Investor
Doctor On Demand
Jan 2016 - Current
Investor
Zendrive
Jan 2016 - Current
Investor/LP
Slow Ventures
Jan 2016 - Current
Member Board Of Directors
The Fulbright Program
Aug 2015 - Current
Appointed by the President of the United States, the 12-member J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board was established by Congress to supervise the global Fulbright Program as authorized by the Fulbright-Hays Act of 1961. The Fulbright Program is one of the most prestigious awards programs worldwide, operating in over 155 countries. Fifty-three Fulbright alumni have gone on to win Nobel Prizes; seventy-eight have won Pulitzer Prizes. Representing diverse facets of American society, Board members select students, scholars, teachers, and others from the United States and abroad to participate in Fulbright exchanges. In close relationship with the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. embassies, bilateral Fulbright Commissions in host countries and the U.S. Department of Education’s International and Foreign Language Office of Postsecondary Education, the Board prepares an annual report and promotes the Fulbright Program to audiences around the world. The Board also meets quarterly to establish policies for Fulbright selection and operating procedures.
Investor and former Board Observer
PillPack
Jun 2015 - Current
Investor
Re/done
May 2015 - Current
Investor
Robinhood
Mar 2015 - Current
Investor
Rent The Runway
Jan 2015 - Current
Investor
Curology
Jan 2015 - Current
Investor and former Board Member
Cue Health Inc.
Dec 2014 - Current
Investor, Co-Founder, Former Executive Chairman and Board Member
Hyperloop One
Sep 2014 - Current
Co-founder and recruited founding board and with fellow Co-Chairman David Sacks, Joe Lonsdale of Formation8, Jim Messina of the Messina Group and Peter Diamandis of X-Prize, CEO Rob Lloyd and Strategic Advisor Emily White. Helped scale the team to over 300 employees, recruited leadership like former CEO Rob LLoyd (former President of Cisco) and others.
Investor
Airbnb
Mar 2014 - Current
Investor
AngelList
Jan 2014 - Current
Investor
Expa
Jun 2013 - Current
Investor
Eaze
May 2013 - Current
Investor
Hired, Inc.
Mar 2013 - Current
Investor
Stance Socks
Jan 2013 - Current
Investor (Scan, Inc. former board member, now Snap)
Snap Inc.
Nov 2012 - Current
Investor
Science
Aug 2012 - Current
Investor
Dollar Shave Club
Apr 2012 - Current
Investor (former Board Observer)
Poshmark
Apr 2012 - Current
Investor
Postmates Inc.
Jan 2012 - Current
Investor (Cherry now Lyft)
Lyft
Jan 2012 - Current
Investor and Former Board Member
Getaround
Jan 2012 - Current
Investor (acquired by Facebook)
Parse
Jan 2012 - Current
Investor
Warby Parker
May 2011 - Current
Investor (acquired by Linkedin)
Rapportive
Jun 2010 - Current
Investor/LP
Lowercase Capital
Jan 2010 - Current
Investor (acquired by ebay)
Milo.com
Mar 2009 - Current
Investor (acquired by Google)
Aardvark
Jan 2008 - Current
Investor (acquired by Ikea)
TaskRabbit
Aug 2007 - Current
Investor and former Board Member
Munchery
Apr 2014 - Dec 2017
Executive Producer
A Hologram for the King
Apr 2014 - Apr 2016
Movie starring Tom Hanks based on the book by David Eggers. Directed by Tom Tykwer. Released April 2016.
Henry Crown Fellow
The Aspen Institute
Jan 2014 - Jan 2015
Co-Founder and Managing Director
Sherpa Capital, LLC
Feb 2013 - Jan 2018
Co-Founder and Board Member
Silicon Foundry
Feb 2013 - Jan 2018
Investor (acquired by Yahoo!)
Tumblr
Jul 2012 - Mar 2013
Board of Directors
Machine Zone, Inc.
Dec 2011 - Apr 2013
Led the Series B investment in Machine Zone on the promise of Gabriel Leydon's vision for the platform that created Game of War. Served on the Board of Directors until April 2013. http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/addmired-reveals-new-name-announces-new-funding-social-games-pioneer-shervin-pishevar-joins-board-144353675.html
Investor
Tumblr
Jul 2011 - Mar 2013
Investor (acquired by Yahoo!)
Tumblr
Jul 2011 - Mar 2013
Managing Director and then Venture Advisor
Menlo Ventures
Jun 2011 - Jan 2014
Managing Director from 2011 until 2013. Venture Advisor from 2013 until 2014. Led Menlo's investments in companies like Uber (led the Series B and am a Board Observer), Machine Zone (led the Series B and served on the Board), Warby Parker, Getaround (led the Series A and served on the Board), Munchery, Parse and Tumblr. Serve or served on the Boards of Uber (Observer), MachineZone and Getaround. Helped start the Menlo Talent Fund, a $20 million commitment to early stage/seed investments, and sourced over 30 of the seed investments including Parse (sold to Facebook). With over $4 billion under management since 1976, Menlo is one of the largest technology venture funds in the world.
Board of Advisors
comScore, Inc.
Jul 2010 - Jul 2012
Investor (acquired by Facebook)
Gowalla Incorporated
Jan 2009 - Dec 2011
Founder, CEO, Chairman, Board of Directors
Social Gaming Network (SGN)
Jun 2007 - May 2011
SGN, Social Gaming Network, is one the largest developer of mobile social games and one of the pioneers of social gaming. SGN merged with Mindjolt in 2011.
Angel Investor "Sherpa"
Angel Investor
Jan 2007 - Feb 2013
As an angel investor I would call myself a sherpa to the founders I worked with. Some of the companies I worked with and invested in personally: Aardvark (sold to Google) Backupify Beatlab CabanaApp (Sold to Twitter) Cherry (Sold to Lyft) Company.com Dodocase Gowalla (Sold to Facebook) Inearth Kissmetrics Klout Likealittle (LAL) Medialets Mightymeeting Milk Inc Milo.com (sold to ebay) Mobclix Nowmov Plancast Postmates Qwiki (sold to Yahoo) Rapportive (sold to Linkedin) RapGenius Rixty Solvemedia Sprucemedia Taskrabbit Tello Twitvid Votizen Wakemate Yobongo Advisor: Comscore (Nasdaq: SCOR) Medialets Mobclix Twitvid CabanaApp Company.com Qwiki Bandwidth Hotprints
Board Member
Webs
Jan 2005 - Jan 2012
President, COO, Board Member
Webs
Jan 2005 - Mar 2008
Founding President/COO, Board Member, FREEWEBS Inc. Silver Spring, Maryland. Freewebs Inc. (www.freewebs.com) is ranked as a top 150 Internet site by Comscore Mediametrix with over 50 million unique visitors in a one month period. The Freewebs community has grown to over 30 million members and is growing virally by 1 million new members every 60 days. As the 2nd largest web hosting company in the world empowering millions of users, Freewebs is positioned to help lead the web presence space as more and more people flock to the web and organize and share their digital lives.
Co-Founder
HyperOffice
Nov 2002 - Apr 2005
Former Board of Director, SVP of Business Development. Application Corporation now HyperOffice is a leading web-based groupware and intranet provider. It competes directly with companies like Intranets.com and Salesforce.com. Application Corporation recently closed a first round of investment in November 2003 and launched its product in December 2003. They will be launching additional CRM applications in 2004 including Real Time Collaboration, Project Management, Accounting and Salesforce Automation software. All of its applications are provided as a hosted service for a low monthly rental fee.
Co-Founder
Ionside Interactive (creator of Argentum game)
May 2001 - Mar 2005
IONSIDE INTERACTIVE, INC. Rockville, Maryland May 2001- http://www.pocketgear.com/software_detail.asp?id=3941 Director, President, Product Development, Business Development and Sales. Led product development that created the most advanced 3D graphics engine and AI engine for the PocketPC and created the most advanced and critically acclaimed PocketPC Game Software title, Argentum. Argentum has received rave reviews worldwide and as of its launch in early May 2002 has sold in every region of the world including Indonesia, Malaysia and Australia! Argentum is well on its way to becoming the best selling game title for the PocketPC platform and has proven that advanced gaming is possible on the device. Numerous awards including ComputerShopping Magazines Top 100 Products of 2002 award. Now developing mobile and Smartphone games
Co-Founder, Chairman, CEO, President
WebOS, Inc.
Nov 1997 - May 2002
WebOS (formery MyWebOS.com) was a revolutionary company & the first company to create cross-browser windows-like interfaces for the internet and amassed over 150,000 users. Pioneered the concept of a Web-based Operating System. - Raised over $10 million dollars in 2 rounds of funding, including a $1.4 million bridge round. from established venture capital firms like Grotech Capital, Impact Venture Partners and Orion Capital. - Built leading edge distributed technology software product, WebOS API, Groupware,HyperPlane and Red Pyramid. - Managed a distributed workforce including 2 offices in Oakland and Columbia, MD and programmers in Sweden, Canada and San Diego. - Built company from 2-51 employees within 12 months. - Grew WebOS user base service to over 150,000 registered users.
Senior Research Analyst
Kaiser Permanente
Sep 1995 - Sep 1997
Hired full time as an analyst ,while still a senior at Berkeley, to conduct intensive data analysis and make recommendations and reports to the President of Kaiser Permanente.
Education
University of California, Berkeley
BA, ISF
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