Shervin Pishevar (Menlo Ventures)

Shervin is a Managing Director at Menlo Ventures, a venture capital fund with over $4 billion under management (www.menlovc.com). Named “Bill  Gates’ Worst Nightmare” by the Financial Times, Shervin is a visionary technology entrepreneur, angel investor, published researcher, start up advisor and  incubation expert and startup visa activist.  Shervin has raised over $50m in venture funding for his start ups and invested in over 40 startups. Shervin is the founder and CEO of SGN, one of the leading social and mobile gaming companies, and over 30 million installs on the iPhone and tens of millions of users on Facebook with titles such as F.A.S.T., Skies of Glory, Exo-Planet, iBowl, iGolf, iBasketball and (fluff)friends. SGN was acquired by Mindjolt, a leading social gaming company on Facebook and the web. Shervin raised a $15m Series A for SGN from such investors as Greylock Capital, Founders Fund, Bezos Expeditions, Columbia Capital and Novak Biddle Venture Partners. Shervin was founding President  and COO of Webs (formerly Freewebs), one of the largest social publishing communities in the world with over 40 million members and adding 25,000 users a day.  Shervin raised $12m for Webs from Novak Biddle and Columbia Capital. Shervin currently serves on the Board of Directors of both SGN and Webs. Shervin has also cofounded companies such as Hyperoffice, a leading SAAS provider for small businesses, and formerly WebOS (Web Operatying Systems) Inc.

Shervin is an active angel investor in such companies as  Aardvark (sold to Google), Gowalla (sold to Facebook), Milo.com (sold to eBay), Klout, Votizen, Likealittle, Sprucemedia, Medialets (advisor), Kissmetrics and more (see portfolio).  Shervin was a member of the Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT) policy working group that helped create the Obama Technology and Innovation Plan. Shervin has an extensive track record for technology innovation and his achievements have been highlighted  by the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, New York Times, LA Times, CNN and CNBC.

Shervin’s research accomplishments include co-authoring a seminal article in JAMA when he was 21 years old that helped lead to the Istanbul Protocol, the first set of international guidelines for documentation of torture. It became a United Nations official document in 1999. Shervin independently invented a patented new method for lysing Malaria-infected erythrocytes while an undergraduate at UC-Berkeley (Patent Number 6,384,015) along with 3 other allowed patents. His malaria research was a continuation of his high school research project on the magainin peptide. Shervin’s published research with peer-reviewed articles published include his  JAMA article along with an article in Neuroscience Letters when he was 19 years old linking glucocorticoids treatments to seizures.  His patents are in such fields such as distributed computing,dynamic replication of applications, data and servers and  collective commerce.

Shervin founded his first company, WebOS (myWebOS), in 1997 when he was 23 years old and raised over $10 million for that venture from such investors as Adam Dell’s Impact Venture Partners and Grotech Capital. WebOS created the world’s first distributed operating system (patents pending) that heralded the dawn of a new era in advanced on demand windows-like web applications complete with a set of powerful API’s for developers. Shervin pioneered the concept of ‘On Demand Services’ through WebOS- a vision that is now being acknowledged with ushering in a new era of web computing. Shervin is most proud of having assembled the greatest minds in the WebOS space from Erik Arvidsson, Dan Steinman, Dan Savarese and Dr. Amin Vahdat all in one company.

Subsequently, Shervin advised such venture funds as the Vanderbilt University Technology Company (VUTC), the venture fund of Vanderbilt’s $2.3 billion endowment fund, on their portfolio companies as well as serving as a Director of Seges Capital, a multi-university venture consortium. In 2001 he founded Ionside Interactive, a leading award winning PocketPC software company, Application Corporation, creators of the Hyperoffice messaging and groupware suite, advised Elipse Networks. Products Shervin has created have won awards such as the 2002 Top 100 Technology Award by Computer Shopper Magazine (Ionside’s Argentum), Top 5 Web Applications (Hyperoffice) by CNET and the NY Times Advertising Design Award Finalist (Elipse’s Evian Design).

Shervin worked previously as a Research Associate at Kaiser Permanente, Presidential Fellow at the University of California at Berkeley, IRTA Fellow at the National Institutes of Health and Summer Research Fellow at M.D. Anderson Cancer Research Center. He also founded and was the Editor-in-Chief of Berkeley Scientific, the first peer reviewed undergraduate research journal in the nation and recruited a premier editorial board including Nobel Laureate Glenn Seaborg.

Shervin is a former elected member and Vice President Pro Tempore of the Montgomery County Board of Education (Maryland) where he helped direct and manage one of the largest and highest quality school systems in the nation with over 120,000 students, 15,000 teachers and an annual budget over $1 billiond. He held memberships in such national and regional educational organizations as the National School Boards Association (NSBA), National Federation of Urban-Suburban School Districts (NFUSSD), American Association of School Administrators (AASSA) and the Maryland Association of Boards of Education (MABE).

Shervin has been interviewed numerous times on National Television shows like Powerlunch on CNBC and Fox News seeking his opinion on such topics as the Microsoft case, the Internet and distributed computing. He has also been featured or interviewed in the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, New York Times, Washington Post, LA Times and Newsweek.

Shervin received his B.A (Interdisciplinary Studies) from the University of California at Berkeley. Shervin completed over a year of graduate course work in Health Economics at the University of California at Berkeley School of Public Health with a 4.0 GPA.

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