Shervin Pishevar


Shervin Pishevar

Shervin Pishevar


Shervin Pishevar was appointed to the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board in 2015.

Shervin Pishevar is a visionary technology entrepreneur, angel investor, published researcher, and start-up advisor and incubation expert. He is the Cofounder and Chairman of Hyperloop Technologies Inc. and Cofounder and Managing Director of Sherpa Capital.

From 2011 to 2014, Pishevar served as Managing Director and Venture Advisor of Menlo Ventures, a venture capital fund with over $4 billion under management. At Menlo, he serves on the board and works closely with the teams at Uber, Machine Zone, Fab, Warby Parker, and Tumblr. He also helped launch the Menlo Talent Fund in 2011. Pishevar was Founding President and Chief Operating Officer of Webs, Inc. from 2005 to 2011. He was Cofounder, President, Director, and Head of Product, Business Development and Sales for Ionside Interactive from 2001 to 2004. Pishevar also cofounded Application Corporation and Seges Capital in 2001 and was Founder and CEO of WebOS from 1997 to 2001.

Pishevar is a member of the UN Foundation’s Global Entrepreneurs Council and served as Entrepreneurial Ambassador on several U.S. Department of State delegations to the Middle East and Russia. Pishevar was a keynote speaker at the Summit on Entrepreneurship in Algeria and was a member of the Technology, Media, and Telecommunications policy working group that helped create the Technology and Innovation Plan in 2008. In 2012, Pishevar was honored by the Department of Homeland Security as an “Outstanding American by Choice.” His research accomplishments include coauthoring at the age of 21 a seminal article in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) that helped lead to the Istanbul Protocol, the first set of international guidelines for documentation of torture, which became an official United Nations document in 1999.

Pishevar holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California at Berkeley. He is a former elected member and Vice President Pro Tempore of the Montgomery County Board of Education in Maryland, where he helped direct and manage one of the largest and highest quality school systems in the nation with over 120,000 students, 15,000 teachers, and an annual budget of over $1 billion.