Shervin Pishevar has dedicated his life to establishing high tech ventures. He was crucially involved with Uber, AirBnB, PillPack and other well-known brands that sprouted in Silicon Valley. Thus, he has 91,000 Twitter followers. Those followers witness an unexpected tweet storm in early February 2018. Pishevar launched it after the Dow Jones Industrial Average experienced its worst one-day point decline.
In the spree’s first tweet, Shervin Pishevar stated, “I expect [sic] 6000 point drop in aggregate in [sic] months ahead.” Pishevar then supported his position via 50 tweets in 21 hours.
Drawing from over two decades in Silicon Valley’s ecosystem, Pishevar spent a section of his tweet thread reiterating his stance about the locale’s physical boundaries. Since publishing an essay on the topic in 2009, Pishevar has regularly repeated his position that Silicon Valley is an idea, not a place. He holds that the United States does not have the tech innovation sector locked in a box and that commercial and governmental leaders should appreciate that fact when they make decisions related to the sector.
To drive home his point about his home country losing its grip on his hometown, Shervin Pishevar tweeted a link to a news piece about a 1,500-worker crew in China who erected a municipal train station in one night. In a subsequent tweet, Pishevar wrote, “Meanwhile, our infrastructure is in tatters, decrypt [sic] and decaying.” He then criticized leaders’ short-sighted visions.
Near the tweet storm’s end, Pishevar discussed the tech world’s Ma Bells, which are Alphabet, Amazon, Apple, Google and Microsoft. He detailed their ability to crush new competitors by simply acquiring them. “Small acquisitions are silent assassinations,” he wrote. Pishevar believes that, like the phone company and Standard Oil before them, those five tech giants should be broken into many small companies, which he forecasts would unleash unparalleled innovation.
To date, the nation’s leaders have apparently not heeded Shervin Pishevar’s warnings and remedies. Given that the Dow actually fell more than 5,000 points in 2018, they should more heavily consider his insights.