There are a lot of talented people not only in Silicon Valley, but also in the tech world. From entrepreneurs to developers to investors, there’s always someone looking to help change the world for the better. As I look at all the people that I’ve met over the past few years, I’m in awe at their dedication to the profession and often times their contributions to giving back to their community–no, not the community in the sense of social media, but to neighbors, your family, and those around you–that community. This post is about one of those people that I’ve come to know recently…
This morning, I read an amazing and poignant post by Menlo Ventures‘ managing partner Shervin Pishevar, about how he was recently selected by the United States government to be named as an Outstanding American by Choice. This award, was created by the US Citizenship and Immigration Services six years ago to help recognize the significant contributions and achievements of naturalized US citizens. Throughout the life of this award, over 80 men and women from a variety of backgrounds and nearly all sectors of society have been recognized. Notable Americans like former US Secretary of Commerce Carlos M. Gutierrez, Author and Nobel Peace Prize Winner Elie Wisel, former NASA astronaut Franklin Chang Diaz, and Founder of Citizenship Counts, Holocaust Survivor, Author, and Human Rights Activist Gerda Weissmann Klein, have all been bestowed this great honor.
From what I know about Mr. Pishevar, he’s done a great deal to deserve this award. He says that as a venture capitalist and entrepreneur, “he’s so blessed to see a constant flow of incredible talent from all points of this planet who dream of coming to America and building their companies here.” From visiting foreign countries to help those less fortunate to taking his philanthropy, Mr. Pishevar has definitely helped out his community. And during President Barack Obama’s recent trip to San Francisco, Mr. Pishevar had a chance to sit down with the President along with other tech leaders to talk about things important to them–one can only speculate what, but I’m betting it’s probably about technology and the economy. And his continuing support and evangelism of his startups that are disrupting industries, like Uber and Shaker, for the better is another sign that the country is better having him here.
Just read his community service, as taken from his Menlo Ventures bio:
Shervin is one of 10 members of the UN Foundation’s Global Entrepreneurs Council, serves as an Entrepreneurial Ambassador on several State Department delegations and at the President’s Summit on Entrepreneurship. Giving back is very important to Shervin and is the reason he dedicates time to traveling abroad to Africa to volunteer with Invisible Children and charity:water. Shervin is a graduate of the University of California (BA, Interdisciplinary Studies Field Major), a published researcher in JAMA and Neuroscience Letters and the author of several US patents.
Now that is absolute dedication and an outstanding American. Cheers to you, Shervin! But don’t just take my word for it…watch his presentation at a conference called the Fourth Estate hosted by Invisible Children and listen to his message: