Shervin Pishevar doesn’t usually have a lot to say, especially when it comes to being on Twitter. For months, he didn’t send tweets. Then, he sent out what many are calling a tweet storm, consisting of 50 tweets in the span of less than 24 hours.
He talked about five monopolies that are of significant concern to not only startups but the US as a whole.
Alphabet might be the scariest of the monopolies simply because no one even realizes what it is. They are the parent company of Google, which has become one of the largest search engines. It also has access to more data than the average nation-state.
It should come as no surprise that Amazon is on the list. Shervin Pishevar identifies in one tweet that their power is growing because of being able to get cash from abroad. It’s also easy to witness cities begging for Amazon business, which is a problem on its own.
Apple is considered a monopoly as well, mainly because of the iOS system that has become so significant. Many apps are built strictly for Apple products, which ensures that people will continue to buy products.
Shervin Pishevar lists Facebook as a monopoly as well. While there are plenty of other social media platforms, none have the power that Facebook has. He even goes as far as comparing these monopolies to robber barons that destroy startups.
Microsoft is on the list, too, because of the office suite as well as the operating system. It’s a silent monopoly, which can be even more dangerous.
Shervin Pishevar has called all of these monopolies out and has identified that they have the power that they use covertly and overtly. They also are destroying the various startups, making it impossible for entrepreneurs to compete with these giants.