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Shervin Pishevar Joins Menlo Ventures

Entrepreneur and angel investor Shervin Pishevar has joined Menlo Ventures as a managing partner.

Pishevar, whose last start-up Social Gaming Network (SGN) was recently bought by MindJolt and who was most recently at Mozilla, elaborated that he’ll focus on consumer Internet investments, particularly mobile and social, and that he hopes to bring together exceptional entrepreneurs to share information and lessons learned, which may take the shape of an incubator though it’s not yet clear.

Pishevar said he didn’t have a previous relationship with Menlo Ventures but accepted their offer above others after hitting it off with the team and recognizing “their platform of knowledge and experience that comes from pattern recognition over the decades.”

Pishevar’s angel investments include Milo (bought by eBay), Aardvark (bought by Google), Likealittle, Klout, Qwiki, Votizen, Milk, Yobongo, Gowalla, Sprucemedia, Medialets and SolveMedia.

How you know you’ve made it in today’s tech industry: the New York Times profile about Pishevar’s news included testimonials from Yuri Milner and Ashton Kutcher.

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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work