Shervin Pishevar may not yet be a household name. However, for his more than 100,000 Twitter followers, he is a breath of fresh air and insightful commentary who occupies a central position in how the world is shaped and seen.
Shervin Pishevar is the CEO and founder of Investment company, one of the most successful venture capital companies in the tech space. Investment company has been behind the formation of such tech legends as Virgin Hyperloop, Airbnb and Uber. Shervin Pishevar has himself started a number of successful tech companies, including Social Gaming Network, Ionside and WebOS.
But it has been his insightful commentary and analysis that has earned him a wide following throughout social media. One of the issues that Shervin Pishevar has consistently hit on is the coming revolution that could be ushered in by a confluence of recent developments in both money and communications.
Shervin Pishevar has repeatedly warned that developments like Bitcoin could make it virtually impossible for punitive tax regimes to effectively keep funds within their jurisdictions. At the same time, Pishevar has convincingly argued that revolutions in communications, including such media as Skype and TeamViewer, have made it possible for entrepreneurs the world over to become truly rootless cosmopolitans.
These nomad capitalists are the worst nightmare of punitive tax regimes and greedy governments. Because these capitalists can go wherever they are treated best, Shervin Pishevar says that locations like California can expect to be flushed into a sewage pit of brain-drained, low-productivity sludge, as the real talent moves to places that are 100 times nicer and 1,000 times cheaper.
Pishevar speaks from experience when he describes these phenomena. His firm, Social Gaming Network, had no traditional central office. Instead, it relied on employees all across the globe to function, a system that Pishevar said not only saved vast amounts of money but, in the end, also proved to be far more effective than maintaining a centralized location. This, he says, is the future of tech companies. And governments that like to take 60 percent of their citizens’ earnings had better take heed.