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Shervin Pishevar, the investor probably best known for being an early investor in Uber, has led an incredible life.
Born in Tehran, Iran, his family came to the US in 1976, but when his father returned a few years later, he was hunted as an enemy of the state during the Iranian Revolution.
His dad escaped back to the US, where he worked as a cab driver while studying for a PhD.
Pishevar got into tech in the dot-com era, did well, and moved on to bigger successes.
Today, he runs venture-capitalist firm SherpaVentures and is a cofounder of Hyperloop Technologies.
Between his investments as a VC and his personal angel investments, he’s had a stake in a huge list of startups, including Klout, Parse, TaskRabbit, Tumblr, Warby Parker, Washio, and, of course, Uber.
But he still remembers those early, scary days with his parents after leaving Iran. He just did a little tweetstorm to tell the world to never give up on their dreams: