In his more than 20-year career of founding some of the most successful and innovative companies in Silicon Valley, Shervin Pishevar has gained recognition for his skill at both founding and funding new startups. Now the CEO of venture capital firm Sherpa Capital, Shervin Pishevar is continuing to populate Silicon Valley offices with some of the most dynamic and impressive new companies that the world has ever seen. Additionally, he has also been personally responsible for the founding of companies like WebOS, Social Gaming Network and Ionside.
Shervin Pishevar has never been one to shy away from open debate even when it is on controversial or difficult topics. As the owner of one of Silicon Valley’s most popular Twitter feeds, Shervin Pishevar has accumulated a following of nearly 100,000 people, including some of the most important minds and forward-thinking entrepreneurs in the business.
One of the topics on which Pishevar has been fond of expounding is the increasing danger that high-tech monopolies pose to the continued development and competitiveness of the U.S. tech sector. He says that five companies, Facebook, Google, Apple, Microsoft and Amazon, have gained so much market share that they are now able to snuff out competition while it is still in its infancy.
As a result, Pishevar says that these companies are effectively equal to silent assassins. They are able to ply their grotesque, market-stifling trade because they do things mostly using positive incentives. Taking a page out of the robber baron playbook, these huge tech monopolies offer a handsome buyout package to any startup that looks like it could potentially grow to pose a genuine threat. To many of the entrepreneurs who are offered such buyouts, the packages can look like a truly astonishing amount of money. The problem is that this money is usually just a tiny fraction of what the companies being bought out would really be worth if they were allowed to thrive and prosper.
Pishevar refers to this as tech entrepreneurs running victory laps while they’re getting lapped. But he also says that the entrepreneurs getting bought out have little choice. If they don’t take the deal, the big tech monopolies can ruin them.