If you’ve followed Silicon Valley news in recent years, you’ve probably read about the meteoric rise of companies such as Uber and Airbnb. Revolutionizing the way in which customers hire services via tech company apps, Uber and Airbnb were some of the biggest companies to emerge from Silicon Valley’s highly competitive start-up culture in the last decade. Less well known, albeit equally important to those firms, however, is Shervin Pishevar, the investment guru whose venture capital fund gave Airbnb and Uber their start towards tech market dominance.
A key figure in Silicon Valley lore who rose through the ranks of the tech industry elite by providing capital to long-shot start-ups that took the world by storm, Shervin Pishevar is no stranger to controversial investment philosophies. So when the entrepreneur delivered a 21-hour tweet storm to his nearly 100,000 Twitter followers recently, the industry maverick turned a lot of heads in Silicon Valley and beyond and made headlines in the process. After all, it isn’t every day that Shervin Pishevar shares his insider knowledge of the workings of Silicon Valley, so when he does, the eyes of a new generation of entrepreneurs are on him.
Suggesting in his marathon Twitter session that US markets would drop by a gut-wrenching 6000 points in the near future, the usually optimistic Pishevar seemed adamant that investors should play their cards close to their chest in coming months despite a seemingly booming economy. If Pishevar is correct, such a market drop could precipitate a global recession of the kind not seen since the 2008 crash.
Despite his pessimistic attitude towards the future of the US economy, Pishevar did take his Twitter tirade in a more upbeat direction when it came to the subject of embattled crypto-currency Bitcoin. Suggesting that the alternative coinage would retake its peak 2017 value level in the near future, Pishevar’s words likely came as welcome reassurance to investors who believe that Bitcoin can still provide the stellar returns of its halcyon days, when shares reached a value of $17500 each and made investors billions of dollars.
For both fans and critics of Shervin Pishevar alike, the tech brahmin’s stellar approach to selecting investments is virtually unparalleled in the current marketplace. With a brash public persona and a penchant for making risky bets on unorthodox investments, Pishevar can sometimes cut a divisive figure in the tech landscape, but his supporters know that his Twitter account will be one to watch in 2019 and beyond.