Shervin joined Menlo Ventures in 2011 and focuses on the social web, consumer internet, mobile and the emerging Collaborative Consumption space. At Menlo, Shervin sits on the board or works closely with the teams at Getaround, Machine Zone, Uber, Fab, Warby Parker, Shaker, Mr. Number, and has led Menlo’s investment in Tumblr. Shervin helped launch the Menlo Talent Fund, Menlo’s $20M seed fund, in September 2011.
Before joining Menlo, Shervin was chief application officer and GM at Mozilla Corporation after spending most of his career as a serial entrepreneur and angel investor. Companies Shervin founded have reached an aggregate of 100 million users across companies like Webs.com (sold to Vistaprint for $117.5m), Social Gaming Network (SGN, merged with Mindjolt), and Hyperoffice, raising over $50m for those companies. Shervin angel invested in over 40 companies including Taskrabbit, Cherry, Postmates, Klout, Voxer, Aardvark (sold to Google), Blakjet, Dollar Shave Club, Cherry, Branchout (advisor), Talent House, Gowalla (sold to Facebook), Milo.com (sold to eBay), Milk (sold to Google), Rapportive (sold to Linkedin), Likealittle (LAL), Qwiki, Votizen, Yobongo (sold to Mixbook), SpruceMedia, Medialets and SolveMedia.
Shervin was chosen by the US Government as an Outstanding American by Choice – one of only 100 naturalized Americans to be chosen since the beginning of the award. Shervin serves on the advisory board of Comscore (NASDAQ: SCOR), is one of 10 members of the UN Foundation’s Global Entrepreneurs Council, and serves as an Entrepreneurial Ambassador on several State Department delegations to the Middle East and Russia and a key note speaker at the President Obama’s Summit on Entrepreneurship in Algeria.
Shervin’s family escaped the regime of the Ayatollah Khomeini in Iran and immigrated to the U.S. when he was 6 years old. He credits his drive and entrepreneurial spirit to his father, who drove taxis in Washington, DC, despite having a Masters degree, and to his mother, a former teacher, who worked as a hotel maid to help him and his siblings have a better life in America. 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.