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Tim Draper Wants to Break California Into 6 States

The venture capitalist plans to present a initiative to the California Attorney General to break the nation's most populous state into six smaller ones--including a state of Silicon Valley.
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Think you could wrap your head around six different Californias? 

If Tim Draper has his way you might have to. The founder of venture capital firm DFJ has proposed a plan to split California into six separate states. Silicon Valley, of course, would be one of the six, TechCrunch reported

Draper told TechCrunch on Friday that he will submit a full-fledged initiative, titled "Six Californias," to the state’s attorney general within the next 48 hours. TechCrunch obtained a copy of his proposal that neatly outlines why he wants to carve America’s most populous state into six smaller states. Draper’s main reason is that the population of California is six times greater than the average population of the 50 states, so the state is unfairly underrepresented in the U.S. Senate.

"Each new state can start fresh. From a new crowdsourced state flower to a relevant constitution," Draper told TechCrunch in an e-mail. 

In his proposal, Draper also emphasized that California's diversity--both in terms of economies and population--makes the state very difficult to govern, and six smaller governments would be more effective. He outlined the borders of the six different sections and even named the new states. Draper's "Six Californias" would be made up of Jefferson, North California, Central California, West California, South California, and Silicon Valley. The investor even has a website for the initiative up and running.

Draper, however, is not the first Silicon Valley luminary to make statements such as these. PayPal founder and investor Peter Thiel has made the case for floating sea colonies. Former Facebook employee and VC Chamath Palihapitiya made comments during the government shutdown in October implying that Silicon Valley does not actually need a government. That same month, Balaji Srinivasan, co-founder of Counsyl, a San Francisco-based genetic research startup, hosted a Stanford lecture titled "Silicon Valley’s Ultimate Exit," in which he explored the idea of Silicon Valley seceding from the United States. 

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Last updated: Dec 20, 2013

ABIGAIL TRACY

Abigail Tracy is a staff reporter for Inc. magazine. Previously, she worked for Seattle Metropolitan magazine and Chicago magazine.




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