Shervin Pishevar was just a six-year-old child when when the bombs from the Iran-Iraq War started to fall in 1980. His father, a high-ranking television executive, felt the family was in danger during the Iranian Revolution and so they left for the U.S. where he ended up driving taxis to make ends meet.

But in America, the Pishevars persevered, and then they prospered.

Now Shervin Pishevar, who was one of the very first investors behind Uber and who recently started Sherpa Foundry, has been stepping up charitable contributions by joining the boards of non-profits like the Bay Lights-backers Illuminate the Arts and Build, which teachers entrepreneurship to high school students across the country.

He’s also trying to reach out to Iranian or Iranian-American teens and young people who could have been like him. He established a $100,000 prize named after Cyrus The Great, who once ruled over a…

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