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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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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik