E212: Shervin Pishevar on This Week in Startups



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Distinguished VC Shervin Pishevar of Menlo Ventures joined us in studio for a chat. Shervin’s also an entrepreneur and angel investor, so he had wisdom to share from nearly every facet of startup life.0:00-2:00 Welcome, very happy to have you on the show today, Shervin.
2:00-3:30 How do you describe yourself at this point? What do you do?
3:30-5:30 So you recently went to Egypt with Sean Penn?
5:30-11:15 Thank you to SurveyMonkey for sponsoring the program!
11:15-12:30 How does this relate to entrepreneurship, the situation in the middle east?
12:30-14:15 Didn’t the Arab Spring start because a small business owner’s livelihood was compromised?
14:15-16:30 Is entrepreneurship in a way a religious or spiritual experience for you?
16:30-18:45 So you gave a chunk of your stock to the charity Invisible Children?
18:45-20:15 It takes amazing sacrifices to make the companies, so how do you achieve a balance in life?
20:15-21:15 Are you an investor in Path or just a fan?
21:15-22:15 How much better is their second version?
22:15-24:00 How do you go from having your app panned just one year ago to now being the talk of the town?
24:00-26:15 How does an entrepreneur have the courage to admit that their an idea is a failure and put it to bed rather than flame out?
26:15-28:00 The genius of Path is that, where Facebook turned the world upside down and made everything public, Dave (Morin, the founder) said forget growth, we want privacy.
28:00-31:15 Thank you to MailChimp for sponsoring the program!
31:15-35:45 What was the toughest moment of your career?
35:45-36:30 So you’ve had some experience, gotten a thicker skin?
36:30-38:15 It’s almost your brand to be relentlessly positive, isn’t it? Were you always this way?
38:15-42:00 Can your parents even comprehend how much of an American dream you’re living?
42:00-44:15 Tyler: I see you regularly checking in at the White House, Shervin. What’s going on in those meetings?
44:15-47:00 Were you too tired to start another company? Is that why you became a VC?
47:00-48:45 When you’re talking to an entrepreneur for the first time, how long does it take you to know whether or not you want to invest in them?
48:45-50:30 The story in the Wall Street Journal about there being too many incubators–true or not true?
50:30-52:30 So you think the incubators are catalysts, but they’re not the sole way that companies should be–or can be–born?
52:30-55:15 Tyler recounts the first time that Jason and Shervin ever met–and didn’t exactly get along.
55:15-55:30 Thank you so much for joining us today, Shervin. And thank you to MailChimp and SurveyMonkey for sponsoring the show.

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