Shervin Pishevar Identifies a Tectonic Shift in Silicon Valley

Shervin Pishevar, the venture capitalist best known for being the founder of Sherpa Capital, recently launched dozens of tweets across Twitter. Business blogs later identified it as a tweet storm because of the volume of tweets sent within a 24-hour period.

Shervin Pishevar took the time to explain a lot of things that he has noticed recently, including what he identifies as a tectonic shift taking place across Silicon Valley. There are new, competing zones of innovation, which means that Silicon Valley has lost their competitive edge.

Often, people view Silicon Valley as an idea as opposed to a physical place. It has gone viral and entrepreneurship is more of a movement than a location. It is borderless.

One of the reasons, according to Shervin Pishevar, as to why Silicon Valley has lost their edge is because immigrant talent is no longer coming to the United States. Part of this is because the government has built cultural and physical walls that are keeping immigrants out. Further, due to the Internet and e-commerce, the talent no longer needs to come to the United States. Romania, India, China, and plenty of other countries have talent that is being innovative.

Shervin Pishevar chose to share a 2009 essay in his 30th Tweet, which talked about the classic American entrepreneurial spirit. We no longer have that monopoly. It’s global. Speedy execution is also causing us to lose our edge. He provided the example that China built a train station in only nine hours.

With the tectonic shift occurring in Silicon Valley, the United States has lost its edge. It is unclear as to whether we will ever get our edge again because of how entrepreneurship has become borderless. These thoughts were just a few of what was shared across the 50 tweets that Shervin Pishevar sent during the first week of February.

 

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