Shervin Pishevar is one of the most vocal insider critics to come out of Silicon Valley over the last 10 years. As the founder and CEO of Investment company, Shervin Pishevar has had a front-row view to the goings-on of the Valley as well as the larger national tech economy. He is generally critical of the direction in which things are currently headed, characterized primarily by an iron-grip monopoly by the Big Five tech giants, Google, Facebook, Amazon, Microsoft and Apple.
China studies while the U.S. takes bong rips
Shervin Pishevar says that the stereotype of the Asian grind, which is so often held and then reinforced at universities throughout the United States, is far more than an amusing caricature. He says that the truth is that China is comprised of a serious, highly intelligent and highly industrious people. Shervin Pishevar believes that the United States has become so fractious, lazy and generally stupid that it is unlikely that the country stands a ghost of a long-term chance against its Sinitic rivals, in terms military, economic and demographic. In short, without major reform, the United States is finished as global hegemon.
Shervin Pishevar cites just one example of millions. He says that a train station in a mid-sized town in China was fully completed in an astounding nine days. Meanwhile, such projects as the Bay Bridge in San Francisco can take more than 10 years to get done in the United States. Completing a major train station in a typical urban locale within America may easily take five years or longer. And, despite the fact that many Americans are unaware of it, rail transport remains one of the most important modes of freight in the country. If China can create a passenger train station in such a short period, they can probably create freight terminals in even less time.
This occurs amid a backdrop of crumbling U.S. infrastructure, which necessarily raises transport and manufacturing costs. Ultimately, Shervin Pishevar says that China’s towering advantage in getting things done will leave America collapsed of exhaustion in the starting blocks as China breezes over the finish line.