If it might be possible to write an entire book based on a series of Tweets issued by one man, the 21-hour barrage unleashed by super angel investor Shervin Pishevar would be a safe bet.
The Iranian-born American high-tech investor is a certified legend in Silicon Valley. Shervin Pishevar is the brain trust behind so many successful tech-sector projects that what he has to say today – be it on Twitter or anywhere else – gives everyone pause to stop and digest the meaning of it all.
Shervin Pishevar covered so many topics, it’s difficult to pick just one and explore the larger implications rolling out from what he said. But we can make some general observations.
For example, one of his themes involved the role of government in regulating private industry. Shervin Pishevar touched in this topic from several angles within the 50-plus Tweets he posted.
An important area where government regulations and standards will play a major role, Mr. Pishevar said, will be in the future of automated or “driverless” cars. The government has long been deeply involved in regulating the auto industry, including setting such parameters as safety standards, fuel mileage requirement and requirements for certain equipment, from seat belts to airbags.
Shervin Pishevar said the driverless car industry has a lot of work to do in this area. That’s because there are many competing brands and models. All of them are developing vastly varied and unique technologies that are proprietary. Patents, of course, are jealously guarded by each manufacturer. Thus, the government’s needs to create standards and regulations that are universal, and which apply to all makes, models, systems and technologies.
That will mean, sooner or later, the diverse driverless car industry must settle on some universal basic that makes for a uniform system.
Standards for driverless cars was just one of many topics Mr. Pishevar Tweeted about that created incredible buzz. For example, he covered the stock market, Bitcoin, inflation, Silicon Valley, underemployment, interest rates, Fed policy, the bond markets and immigration policy.
Media pundits hung on every world in what became a Twitter event for the ages.