This Week In Startups–Shervin Pishevar of Menlo Ventures

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On This Week in Startups, 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. In the candid interview, Shervin even talked about his experience growing up as the child of immigrants and how it feels to be living "the American dream."

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       • 14 minutes: Is entrepreneurship and startup culture a religious experience for Shervin? Watch:
       • 24 minutes: How Shervin found strength to keep going as a founder. Watch:
       • 47 minutes: Shervin tells us how quickly he's able to make investment decisions. Watch:

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TWiST #212 with Shervin Pishevar of Menlo Ventures

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 Survey Monkey for sponsoring the show.


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