When Shervin Pishevar went on a no-holds-barred tweetstorm in February 2018, most investors thought Pishevar was way off base. Back in February, President Trump said the economy will stay strong while he slept in the White House. But Shervin Pishevar read the investment tea leaves, and what he saw shook him awake. Mr. Pishevar started his now-famous tweetstorm by telling the world the stock market was not the place investors should be during Trump’s presidency.
Shervin Pishevar predicted a 6,000-point stock market drop a year ago. But most investors didn’t listen to the investor who made Uber and Airbnb household names. Shervin put up $21 million to get Uber off the ground when he worked for Menlo Ventures. He followed that win with investments in Postmates, Warby Parker, and several other startups. Shervin Pishevar became one of Silicon Valley’s top investor’s thanks to his ability to spot winners before other investors.
But even though Pishevar is a member of the Silicon Valley riding high club, he didn’t mince any tweeting words when he said the Valley may not be the startup capital of the world much longer. The Chinese want to dethrone Silicon Valley, and Shervin Pishevar thinks that will happen within the next two years.
Mr. Pishevar also threw bond market investors a tweeting curb ball when he said the bond market won’t help investors ride out the stock market storm. The yield for two-year notes almost equal the yield of 10-year notes, and that’s not good news for investors who need to park their money in a safe place.
During Shervin Pishevar’s 50-plus tweetstorm, most investors thought the investing maven wanted to relieve some of the anxiety he felt when he resigned from Sherpa Capital, his hedge fund firm. But Pishevar wasn’t licking his business wounds when he sent those tweets. He wanted to warn investors that a financial storm was in the works, and they needed to take cover. According to Pishevar, no asset class is safe right now. Shervin thinks the 2018 market drop was the start of a major asset adjustment, and that adjustment could last for several years.