The transportation sector is on a high-speed train, barreling towards the future. In a previous Medium post, I discussed the Midwest Connect hyperloop feasibility study that was completed and the many benefits of hyperloop — economic uplift, job creation, emission reductions, and the opportunity to fundamentally change the way people live and work.

On November 8, 2020, Virgin Hyperloop conducted its first test with four passengers, a huge step for the space program. As with any test flight, it’s cargo first, animals second, and people last. Two of the four passengers were Josh Giegel, Virgin Hyperloop’s co-founder and CEO…


Even as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to ravage our world, we must continue to plan for and build a post-pandemic future that can and must be healthier, cleaner, and more efficient than the past. One of the most underfunded and neglected yet critical parts of our economy is our infrastructure.

The American Society of Civil Engineers’ latest Infrastructure Report Card gave the US a D+ and sounded the alarm on a $2 trillion, 10-year infrastructure investment gap to simply restore aging existing roads, bridges, rails, ports, airports, and other critical infrastructure.

If we think big, however, we can start to…


While we are all glued to the continuous calamity surrounding us, it is beneficial to look to history for lessons that have been both learned and often forgotten. Take, for example, The Panic of 1837 — this economic milestone is often discussed as a financial crisis that lasted until the mid-1840s in the United States. If you research the topic a bit, you’ll find that the economic hardships felt in the United States were also connected to the financial health and strength of other nations, including Great Britain. During this time of economic hardship (seven years), banks fell, businesses failed…


Recently, my thoughts have turned towards how our current economic challenges stemming from COVID-19 are impacting supply chains.

When thinking about the auto industry, so far, the economic horizon looks dark for a business that does well when consumer confidence is high.

A recent Bloomberg story reported that demand for cars and trucks in the U.S. is expected to drop 27 percent this year. Part of this challenge is due to the just-in-time nature of the supply lines. For example, one ship carrying vehicles including Nissan SUVs was not able to unload the freight for a week while auto lots…


During this time, Zoom has soared to the top of the video conference ranking, leaping over longtime industry mainstays. With its signature intuitive and easy to join platform — Zoom has reached 300 Million users, linking the world with video/audio conferencing, collaboration, chat, and webinars, across all devices and spaces. I’ve been thinking about how this technology is expected to change the way we communicate forever.

Zoom 5.0 is set to launch in May 2020 and is touted as having the company’s most advanced security enhancements to date. This being the case, I do not think it is not too…


We’re in a tsunami in terms of our public health crisis, economic crisis, and markets crisis. Governments are working as fast as possible to catch up to the tsunami that is surging in front of us. There are three important spheres that need to be addressed:

1. Public Health

2. Economy

3. Markets

We need moonshots for our planet right now to solve this crisis. …


All hands on deck

Now, more than ever, our community must come unite behind a ‘Manhattan Project’ type effort that brings together the most creative minds of our generation to provide the emergency medical equipment so urgently needed throughout the United States and the rest of the world.

To contribute to this effort, I put out a call for volunteers on Twitter to help move forward a design of open-sourced 3D printable ventilators. The response was overwhelming with software developers, educators, engineers, and people from all over who just wanted to step up and help.

There were offers from people with 3-D printing expertise, from a law firm who said they would provide Pro Bono services for any regulatory filings we might have. A telegraph group who connects manufacturers, suppliers, buyers, and researchers also reached out. …


“Go placidly among the noise and haste,” says the famous 1920s poem “Desiderata” by Max Ehrmann. This is good advice.

With World Health Organization concerns about COVID-19 on the rise, the need for keeping calm under duress is paramount. How we approach issues is as important in business and investing as it is in public health.

Remaining calm helps you respond appropriately. If you are a business owner or an investor, you should already have a plan for emergencies. This could be anything from a natural weather disaster to a health challenge, like COVID-19. It could also be a strictly operational issue such as supply chain disruptions, data breaches, or controversial employment policies. Whatever it is, your team should already…


Recently, I’ve been thinking about the idea of not just creating a company, but rather pioneering an entire industry. My previous post touched on this topic briefly in reference to autonomous vehicles, but now I want to examine this idea in a broader sense.

It seems that many start-ups have the limited thinking of simply creating a company that is similar to other companies in the way it creates products or services. …


Given the recent focus on self-driving cars, it is only a matter of time before the industry begins to consider setting technical interoperability standards for autonomous vehicles.

Whenever you create something so new that there are no laws that apply to your invention, there is a period where development slows down until the justice and safety systems of the world can catch up. This has been especially true for companies I’ve been involved with such as Uber, Hyperloop, and Bolt Mobility. This is also true for autonomous vehicles.

This industry will need a mechanism to allow these cars to drive…

Shervin Pishevar

Co-founder Sofreh Capital, Virgin Hyperloop, Sherpa, Webs, JamCity. VC in Uber, Airbnb, PillPack, Slack, Dollar Shave Club, Warby Parker, MZ, Tumblr, Robinhood.

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