Posts Tagged ‘Technology’

Avaaz Works to Empower Citizens Around the World

Thursday, July 26th, 2018

Begun in January 2007, Avaaz is an online site dedicated to empowering people to take action on such issues as climate change, poverty, conflict and corruption. It allows citizens all over the world to organize in order to lobby governments and global organizations such as the World Health Organization, to fund media campaigns, to offer petitions as well as organizing emailing and calling campaigns and organize on the ground protests and other events. The co-founders are Res Publica and MoveOn and the Service Employees International Union is a founding partner.

Ricken Patel is Avaaz’s founding President and CEO. He studied economics, philosophy and politics at Balliol College, Oxford University and from Harvard University, he has a Masters in Public Policy. After working around the world for the International Crisis Group, he returned to the United States and did volunteer work for MoveOn.org and learned how to use internet tools for activism. Other co-founders are former Virginia Congressman Tom Perriello, Australian entrepreneur David Madden, Andrea Woodhouse, Jeremy Heimans, Tom Pravda and MoveOn Executive Director Eli Pariser. The members of the board are Ricken Patel, Sam Barrat and Ian Bassin.

Every year the organization decides on the overall priorities by polling members on campaign ideas and only the initiatives that receive a robust reaction are put into action. Many of the most successful campaigns are ideas that came from members rather than staff and staff are there more to aid members in implementing the campaigns rather than push their agenda and try to persuade members to follow along. Fully funded by its membership, Avaaz receives no corporate or government funds so is not influenced by corporations or governments.

Shervin Pishevar: The Iranian-American Business Mogul

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018

Pishevar is an Iranian-American entrepreneur .He was born in the year 1974 in the Iranian capital of Tehran. Shervin Pishevar had two parents. His dad was called Abraham Pishevar and his mum Eshrat Pishevar. The family of Shervin Pishevar migrated to the US when he was a young boy. His father, Abraham, was the first to relocate to the United States. Abraham was an employee at a local radio and television station in Tehran, Iran. He worked as an executive manager. Everything went smooth until one day when his name appeared on the Ayatollah Khomeini’s execution document. Abraham together with other colleagues were extremely shocked and overwhelmed.

Abraham was accused of broadcasting information and instructions that could aid people to leave Iran to other foreign nations. He planned and managed to relocate to the United States. When he arrived in the US, he worked as a Cab driver. Abraham Pishevar operated at Silver Springs, Maryland. After eighteen months, Abraham was joined by his family that had been left in Iran. For another few months, he still worked as a taxi driver. He managed to work and study at the University of Howard. There, Abraham pursued a PhD in Mass communication as he had already done a masters back in his home country, Iran.

Abraham’s son, Shervin is a celebrated businessman. He is a recognized philanthropist. Moreover, he is a super angel investor and a venture capitalist. Shervin Pishevar is the former executive chairman and co-founder of Hyperloop One Company. Additionally, Shervin was also a managing director and a co-founder of a company known as Investment company. The venture organization has invested in other firms like Munchery, Airbnb and Uber.

Recently the entrepreneur worked as a managing director of Menlo ventures .Being a super angel investor, he had invested in more than 61 companies. Shervin Pishevar has led several investments like Tumbrl, Uber series b, Warby Parker and Machine zone. From the year 2011 to 2015, Shervin Pishevar served as a board advisor for the Company, Uber. He is still a strategic advisor and an investor in the company. Also, Shervin Pishevar has founded technology related companies like SGN, WebOS, Webs.com and Hyperoffice.

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