1. Pezman’s Story: Inspiration

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2. What is Silicon Valley Optimism: What is your superpower?

<aside> 🔥 Pezman’s superpower


  1. Networking Skills: Nozad’s transition from selling carpets to entering the venture capital world was significantly aided by his exceptional networking skills. At his carpet store, he strategically located himself in Menlo Park, near Silicon Valley, which enabled him to build relationships with tech executives, lawyers, and financiers who frequented his shop.
  2. Vision and Opportunity Recognition: His ability to recognize early the potential of emerging tech companies and entrepreneurs set him apart. He understood the transformative impact technology was having and could identify promising startups, often before they became mainstream.
  3. Leveraging Relationships: Nozad effectively leveraged the relationships he built over time. These relationships were not just beneficial for business dealings but also helped him gain insights into the venture capital industry, eventually leading to the establishment of his firm, PearVC.
  4. Adaptability and Learning: Transitioning from a completely different industry, Nozad demonstrated a remarkable ability to learn and adapt. He immersed himself in the tech world, understanding its dynamics and what it takes for startups to succeed, which is crucial for any venture capitalist.
  5. Resilience and Perseverance: His path wasn’t straightforward. Starting from a point where he was new to the country and the tech industry, his journey required immense perseverance and resilience, facing and overcoming numerous challenges along the way.

<aside> 🔥 Nozad funded Matt’s venture, Danger, at a time when non web-based technology companies struggled to raise money. Hershenson recalled: Danger went up and down Sand Hill Road for nine months and nobody would give them money. At a time where everything dot-com was getting funded by VC money, nobody wanted to fund a smart phone. Then, finally one day Matt came home and said, “We found a guy that will give us money!” “Who?” I asked. “This guy at a Persian rug shop on University Avenue.” I replied, “You must return it—it is probably some sort of money-laundering operation.” This is how I first heard of Pejman. He invests in people no matter what they do.