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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Shafik Sachedina’s Leadership And Influence On The Ismaili Communities

Shafik Sachedina is a personal representative of the spiritual leader of Prince Karim Aga Khan IV. He serves as Head of Department of Jamati Institutes in Aiglemont in France. He’s the program and activity coordinator in the 16 main areas in which Ismaili communities exist in central Asia. Dr. Sachedina has established the Aga Khan Development Network programs and institutes.

Modern Ismaili studies began in the 1930’s when South Asia collected Ismaili manuscripts that had been preserved within the pioneering communities. These manuscripts were scribed by Ismaili pioneers such as Asaf Fyzee and Zahid Ali. Wladmir Ivanhow created the Ismaili Society of Bombay in which these documents were preserved. The Bombay Society was later established by Sir Sultan Khan in Feburary 1946. At that time, the Society was devoted to the intellectual movements within Islam, particularly the division of the Sunni and Shi-ite groups. It was during a 1975 Ismailia conference that it was decided that the institute would be renamed the Institute of Ismaili Studies.

Shafik Sachedina was born in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania in 1950. He received his education from Guy’s Hospital Medical and Dental School, University of London and practiced as a dental surgeon for several years. It was during this time that he developed many healthcare-related entrepreneurial interests.

In 2017, Dr. Sachedina met with Deputy Foreign Minister and Presidential Representative for the Middle East and Africa Mikhail Bogdanov to discuss a terrorist situation in the Mid-East. While there, he was very quick to praise Russia’s consistency in their position in favor of quickly and peacefully resolving uncompromising fights against terrorism.

In addition to being the program coordinator for the Jamati Institutes, Dr. Sachedina also holds several other positions within the Ismali community. They include the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) Committee, Chairman of Humanitarian FOCUS and Ismaili Leaders’ International Forum. He has also previously served two terms as the President of the Ismaili Council for the United Kingdom. He is also currently serving as the chairman for Sussex Healthcare, which he established to provide help to the elderly. Sussex Healthcare also helps to provide marketing funds to various nursing facilities of elder care.

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Malcolm CasSelle: Modernizing Transfers by Introducing Cryptocurrency and Tokenization

Worldwide Asset eXchange (WAX) is a platform that provides everyone with an opportunity to participate in a tradeoff for virtual game assets. The platform utilizes the power of tokenization which enables the ownership of in-game items. WAX is more accessible than other platforms, and it creates a new economy that has the potential to include physical assets in the future. Worldwide Asset eXchange will come with amazing features that will lead to the reduction of transaction costs in the gaming marketplace. This platform will enable people to transfer game assets, a feature that was not present before.

The governance of the platform is unique, and it allows the token holders to create regulatory oversight. The exchange process is performed by Transfer Agents (users responsible for transferring assets). These agents are overseen by rating systems, supervisory committees usually referred to as Guilds, and a special consensus algorithm.

Poor performance of the agents will affect the financial stake and the reputation of the Guild. Therefore, the Guilds have to deal with disappointing Transfer Agents, list the token holders fail to re-elect them to oversee their operations. It is through this economic feedback loop that the tokens offered by Worldwide Asset eXchange remain connected to their virtual game assets.

Despite the numerous advantages of tokenizing, there is one major challenge. The platform has challenges in determining how to manage the tokens to ensure those on the blockchain stick to their gaming assets.

Fractionizing gaming assets will open great possibilities for collectors as well as gaming fans. The decentralized governance also comes in with its advantages. The Guilds will deal with monitoring asset ownership and authenticating items whereas the Transfer Agents will implement IoT and RFID technologies to get the asset location in real time, to ensure the tokens remain connected to their rightful owners.

The current President of Worldwide Asset eXchange is Malcolm CasSelle. He also serves as the CIO of OPSkins. Before joining WAX, Malcolm worked at New Ventures as the CTO as well as the President. He has also worked at Digital Media of SeaChange International as the General Manager and Senior Vice President.

Malcolm CasSelle attended MIT and Stanford University. In his early years, he led startups in the tech industry. He is an advisor to various tech centers such as VOTOCOST, DirecTech Labs, and Bringhub.
WAX’s innovations will create a marketplace that facilitates the exchange of items that could never be exchanged before. The platform will include both virtual and physical assets.

Glen Wakeman, Mentoring for Successful Leadership

Leadership doesn’t come easy, and yet, without the necessary leadership, a company will not be productive. Creating an organization that will turn an entrepreneur’s dream into a viable business requires solid leadership, strong planning, and good organizational development.

 

An enthusiastic leader who stresses the importance of direction, planning and development for a successful venture, GE Capital powerhouse Glen Wakeman, co-founder, and CEO of Launchpad Holdings LLC, is there to aid and mentor business leaders and developers in successful and profitable enterprises.

 

Mr. Wakeman first and a foremost lesson for leaders is the need a solid plan to launch ideas. By encouraging leaders to take the time and care to develop in enough knowledge to make thorough decisions about markets, potential setbacks, and alternative plans, Glen Wakeman mentors leaders through this important stage of business development..

 

Delegation and employee empowerment is another trait Glen Wakeman believes is crucial to the productivity and success of a business (https://forexwizard.biz/2017/10/03/ceo-glen-wakeman-and-the-art-of-entrepreneurship/). Leaders need to lead, not do and by aiding the development of a strong staff, with clearly defined responsibilities and roles, executives will increase the productivity and well-being their entire employee base, in addition to keeping staff engaged within their roles.

 

Glen Wakeman also insists that active community service plans are fundamental for a company’s success, as it instills goodwill, employee pride and by leveraging the publicity of such events, community service can dramatically increase a company’s presence (ThePerfectReporter).

 

Finally what teacher doesn’t have a book to recommend. Glen Wakeman’s favorite is Sun Tzu’s Art of War, one he finds wisdom in every time he reads it. Comparing the strategies of the generals to the planning of a CEO, The Art of War is a comprehensive book on planning and leadership.

 

The importance of strong corporate leadership cannot be understated, without solid leaders, companies falter and don’t adhere to goals and performance. Mentoring systems for this leaders are therefore critical continued corporate growth.

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