Shervin Pishevar ranks as one of the most successful venture capitalists in the world today. His company, Investment company, has been responsible for the creation of some of the most widely known tech companies in the world, including Virgin Hyperloop, Uber and Airbnb. He is also an entrepreneur in his own right, having founded major tech companies like Ionside, WebOS and Social Gaming Network.
But Shervin Pishevar may be best-known for running one of the most widely followed Twitter feeds of any figure within Silicon Valley. Shervin Pishevar has more than 100,000 of the most astute people in tech following his every tweeted phrase. And his wide range of interests have ensured that his many well-reasoned opinions have made it into the public discourse, with some even generating headlines all by themselves.
One of the areas upon which Shervin Pishevar has routinely hit throughout his tweets has been the fact that the government of the United States is increasingly coming to resemble a late-stage Alzheimer’s patient that is slowly losing all executive functioning.
Shervin Pishevar points to NASA as one of the most shocking and cringe-inducing disasters in human resource misallocation of recent decades. Pishevar says that the agency that was once responsible for doing the nearly impossible, putting a man on the moon with computer technology and space travel still in its infancy, has accomplished little more than doing neat science fair projects over the last three decades. Even the space shuttle program, says Pishevar, was largely the product of work done in the early ‘70s.
Since then, NASA has managed to do little more than lift some junk into orbit and kill astronauts through astronomical incompetence. Pishevar says that the agency’s focus on diversity and inclusion have essentially ruined its ability to carry out its stated mission. Now, instead of exploring the stars, NASA has become a spaced-out vacuum into which all talent that passes its event horizon is irretrievably lost.
Pishevar says that NASA is a good illustration for the process of the broader governmental degeneration within the United States.