Courage. Loyalty. Humility. Grit. Empowerment. A drive for growth.

These are the characteristics that make for greatness. I have been blessed to learn them from my father, Dr. Abraham Pishevar. He is affectionately known as ‘Papa,’ not just to me, my siblings, and his grandchildren, but to the countless others he has touched over the years in his native Iran and his adoptive America.

Exposure to these characteristics and the ability to recognize them in others has been a key to my success as an entrepreneur and investor. None of which would have been possible without Papa’s hard-earned lessons.

To borrow from the familiar credit card commercial, what’s in your crypto wallet?

At first, cryptocurrency didn’t have much value, and financial professionals didn’t pay much attention to it. Recently, Forbes magazine reported that cryptocurrency prices rose to an estimated total value close to $2 trillion during the week of March 16.

Stephen Kelso, head of markets at ITI Capital, a multi-asset emerging market specialist in London, has been quoted saying he is seeing “a dramatic change” in the way institutional organizations are approaching cryptocurrency as an investment.

Bitcoin Magazine says Bitcoin is “better at being gold than gold” because… recently ran a story that described how my home city of Miami is attracting entrepreneurs from all over the world, becoming a hub for tech talent, and connecting South America with the rest of the world via the United States.

When I moved here, I already knew about many of Miami’s benefits, including warm winters, and a great outdoor lifestyle. Beyond the weather and abundance of leisure activities though, what soon began to pique my interest was how someone is able to make significant business connections right after moving to Miami. …

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. …

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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