Venture capitalist Tim Draper says he is getting “close” to collecting the necessary 800,000 signatures needed to get his “Six Californias” measure before state voters in 2014 — but he acknowledges his own internal polling shows Silicon Valley is most opposed to the idea of splitting the state into six parts.
“You’d think that Silicon Valley would benefit” greatest from the plan, said Draper, whose plan calls for the foundation of a state of Silicon Valley, which economists suggest would likely be the richest state in the nation. But “Silicon Valley is the least likely to vote for this,” Draper acknowledged Tuesday. “It’s bizarre.”
Draper made the statements at a salon before a crowd of tech insiders, journalists and San Francisco business insiders Tuesday night. The evening of discussion to explore the idea of California seccession was hosted in the San Francisco home of public relations guru Susan MacTavish, founder of the Living Mactavish fashion, food and design website.”
Tech Icon Pushes to Split California Into Six States
SAN FRANCISCO — The drinks were strong, the pulled pork was savory and the ideas were revolutionary at a recent tech-centric soiree to hear venture capitalist Tim Draper talk about why California needs to break into six pieces.
To Fix California’s Problems, An Investor Suggests Breaking It Up (by Alastair Gee)
At a talk in San Francisco on Tuesday night, Tim Draper, a venture capitalist, discussed his proposal to split the state of California into six and thus resolve what he sees as its chronic mismanagement. “I think it’s just too big,” Draper, an imposing yet genial man wearing a red novelty tie from Save the Children, said. “We don’t feel close to Sacramento, but if we had a government here in San Francisco or in Oakland or somewhere around in Silicon Valley, we’d feel like, ‘Hey, that’s our government.’’
Draper was in conversation with Michelle Richmond, a local author whose new novel, “Golden State,” takes place on a day when Californians are voting on whether to secede from the United States. (Full disclosure: the event was moderated by an editor at The Economist, a publication for which I have written.) On a chalkboard in the kitchen of Susan MacTavish Best, a public-relations practitioner and the party’s host, one of the attendees had drawn a map of the new states suggested by Draper, along with icons for their stereotypical attributes. “North California,” including Napa and Sonoma counties, had bottles of wine. “Central California,” the agricultural heartland, had a cow. “West California,” with Los Angeles and Santa Barbara, had an oil derrick. “Silicon Valley” had a pile of cash.
Still, Draper’s plan may have appeal as an unusual thought experiment—one that might be useful for California. “I think there’s a deep value in going out on a limb and imagining something very different,” Richmond, the author, told me. “Just by virtue of trying to reimagine in a really radical way, it can lead to productive ideas. That’s what happens in Silicon Valley all the time.” Susan MacTavish Best, from a perch by the fireplace, seconded that view. “If there’s a state that this was going to happen in, it would be California,” she said.
(From March San Francisco Magazine)
“There’s a lot of evidence that this bubble is not a bubble.”
“I actually run a fly fishing business now.”
“Sure he’s a CEO, but he’s really a cool guy.”
(Drawing by Scott Summit)
A few dozen disruptors, mostly men—blazers and jeans for those over forty, hoodies and less-expensive jeans for those under—sip jalapeño margaritas and snack on whole shrimp in the Lower Pac Heights home of Susan MacTavish Best, the publicist and lifestyle guru who was recently described by the Daily Mail as “Silicon Valley’s answer to Martha Stewart.” Her mission, as David Talbot described it in San Francisco in 2012, is to “to drag her tech friends away from their keyboards and make them mingle”—in tonight’s case, at a salon featuring Tim Draper, the Silicon Valley investor recently made famous by his proposal to split California into six separate states.
Read the rest of the article by Scott Lucas here in San Francisco Magazine.