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  • Scott Stanford, Shervin Pishevar And Tina Sharkey Will Join Us At Disrupt SF 2014

    Scott Stanford, Shervin Pishevar And Tina Sharkey Will Join Us At Disrupt SF 2014

    A year and a half ago, Menlo Ventures partner Shervin Pishevar and Goldman Sachs banker Scott Stanford decided to quit their day jobs and start a new venture fund. That firm, SherpaVentures, has since raised $150 million to invest in early-stage startups. Next month they’ll be joining us, along with SherpaFoundry CEO Tina Sharkey, to talk about how the new venture is going so far. Read More

  • Shervin Pishevar And Scott Stanford’s SherpaVentures Closes $150 Million For Its First Fund

    Shervin Pishevar And Scott Stanford’s SherpaVentures Closes $150 Million For Its First Fund

    SherpaVentures, the venture firm founded by former Menlo Ventures partner Shervin Pishevar and former Goldman Sachs banker Scott Stanford, is finally ready to be less vague about what it’s doing. After a year of raising money and simultaneously making investments, the firm is announcing that it has closed $150 million in financing from limited partners. Read More

  • Storehouse Raises $7M From SherpaVentures And Others To Move Its Story Beyond The iPad

    Storehouse Raises $7M From SherpaVentures And Others To Move Its Story Beyond The iPad

    Storehouse is a company we’ve written about a bit before. It’s a beautifully constructed iPad app that lets you build stories on the fly from text, video and images. It features one of the best visual editing interfaces I’ve ever used and a crisp, standout presentation style. Today, Storehouse is announcing $7M in A-series funding led by SherpaVentures. Seed investors… Read More

  • Menlo’s Shervin Pishevar And Goldman’s Scott Stanford Leave Their Day Jobs To Do Something Really Vague, By Design

    Menlo’s Shervin Pishevar And Goldman’s Scott Stanford Leave Their Day Jobs To Do Something Really Vague, By Design

    Menlo Ventures’ Shervin Pishevar and Goldman Sachs managing director Scott Stanford have left their day jobs to build a new venture called Sherpa. The creation of the firm, which was first reported by AllThingsD, is designed around a new model for building and creating companies through a mix and match of strategic corporate partnerships and working with well-known entrepreneurs. Read More

  • Want To Pitch A VC While He Cleans Your House? Exec And Shervin Pishevar Thought So

    Want To Pitch A VC While He Cleans Your House? Exec And Shervin Pishevar Thought So

    Exec, which is a service focused on San Francisco professionals, does all types of tasks for you at pretty decent rates. I’ve used the service to have papers scanned and faxed in the past, and it was always quite super. Recently, the company launched a new cleaning service, for those of you that are busy and don’t have time to clean up after yourself. You know, because… Read More

  • Freemium Game Dev Addmired Rebrands As Machine Zone, Lands $8M From Menlo Ventures

    Freemium Game Dev Addmired Rebrands As Machine Zone, Lands $8M From Menlo Ventures

    Oh, how times have changed for Addmired team. The Y Combinator startup first debuted in 2008 with an Hot or Not-esque social network plugin, but eventually found their footing after pivoting to become a developer of freemium multiplayer mobile games like iMob and its recently released sequel. Now they’re looking to do a bit of rebranding by renaming themselves Machine Zone, and to… Read More

  • Humans Are The Routers

    Humans Are The Routers

    On January 7, 2010 I was ushered into a small private dinner with Secretary Hillary Clinton at the State Department along with the inventor of Twitter, Jack Dorsey, Eric Schmidt, CEO of Google and a few others. We were there to talk about technology and 21st Century Diplomacy. As we mingled I noticed next to me the small table that Thomas Jefferson wrote the first drafts of the Declaration… Read More

  • Democratizing Talent Part 2: To Claire; From Sonny

    Democratizing Talent Part 2: To Claire; From Sonny

    This guest post was submitted by SGN founder and Executive Chairman, Shervin Pishevar. The entrepreneur and angel investor was a co-founder of Hotprints and Hyperoffice and has made several investments, including Nowmov, Aardvark, Thread.com, Gowalla, and Qwiki.
    As an update to my previous essay on Democratizing Talent, I would like to introduce you to Josh Beattie. Josh is a 17-year-old… Read More

  • Entrepreneur To Entrepreneur: Meet The Ron Conway Of The Middle East (TCTV)

    Entrepreneur To Entrepreneur: Meet The Ron Conway Of The Middle East (TCTV)

    If you are vaguely familiar with the Middle East startup scene, it’s impossible to escape the name Fadi Ghandour. From his office in Jordan, Ghandour has had a heavy hand in laying the foundation of the Arab world’s rising tech scene. Among his many hats, he founded Aramex, the first Arab company to go public on the Nasdaq in 1997, was an instrumental investor in Maktoob (picked up… Read More

  • Entrepreneur To Entrepreneur: The New Kitchen Of The Middle East (TCTV)

    It has been roughly one year since Yahoo! made waves in the Middle East, by buying Maktoob, the region’s largest web portal for $164 million. From Silicon Valley’s observation deck that may seem like small peanuts— these days we barely bat an eye when HP and Dell get into a multi-billion dollar tug-of-war game. However, for the Middle East and in particular Jordan, the… Read More

  • Yahoo’s Former Chief Data Officer On Their $800 Million Mistake (TCTV)

    Yahoo’s Former Chief Data Officer On Their $800 Million Mistake (TCTV)

    Dr. Usama Fayyad has worn several hats at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab, Microsoft, his startups DigiMine and DMX, and of course, at Yahoo where he was their Chief Data Officer for four years. It’s a rich resume with one unifying theme: data. Few people have spent as much time as Fayyad ruminating on this one subject. From finding volcanoes on Venus to creating better algorithms for… Read More