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Afshin (Shervin) Pishevar
Attorney & co-founder of Hyperloop
Shervin Pishevar is a managing director at Sherpa Ventures, a San Francisco-based venture capital firm he co-founded with Scott Stanford in March 2013. Sherpa Ventures has invested in companies such as Uber, Airbnb, Munchery, Shyp, Beepi and Cue Health.
Pishevar is a Strategic Advisor and Board Observer at Uber Technologies. Previously he was a Managing Director at Menlo Ventures, a venture capital fund with over $4 billion under management. Pishevar joined Menlo Ventures in 2011 and led investments such as Uber (Series B), Machine Zone, Warby Parker, Tumblr and Getaround. As an angel investor he personally seeded over 60 companies.
Pishevar founded and operated technology-enabled companies, including Webs.com (acquired by VistaPrint), Social Gaming Network (SGN), WebOS and HyperOffice. Companies he founded have reached an aggregate of over 100 million users.
Pishevar was 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 serves on the advisory board of Comscore, was one of the 10 members of the UN Foundation’s Global Entrepreneurs Council, serves as an entrepreneurial ambassador in several state department delegations to the Middle East and Russia, and was a keynote speaker at the President Obama’s Summit on entrepreneurship in Algeria.
Pishevar is a graduate from the University of California, Berkeley, who holds a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies, a published researcher in the Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA) and Neuroscience Letters, and the author of several U.S. patents.