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The Excessively Networked VC Behind SherpaVentures

An Iranian-born entrepreneur is using his vast connections to start his own VC firm
Shervin Pishevar (center) with partner Scott Stanford and Tina Sharkey in his San Francisco office on July 10
Shervin Pishevar (center) with partner Scott Stanford and Tina Sharkey in his San Francisco office on July 10Photograph by Mathew Scott for Bloomberg Businessweek

Here’s what happens when you set out to profile Silicon Valley venture capitalist Shervin Pishevar.

On Monday, July 7, Scooter Braun, Justin Bieber’s manager, calls at Pishevar’s request to attest that the Iranian-born entrepreneur has brought him several high-profile investment opportunities and had a hand in introducing him to his future wife. On Tuesday, DreamWorks Animation Chief Executive Officer Jeffrey Katzenberg rings to praise Pishevar as “a great networker” and says, “There is nobody more loyal.”