‘Six Californias’ ballot initative would make Silicon Valley a state

Silicon Valley leaders have been dreaming of a place where technology could advance unencumbered by the law. Google CEO Larry Page wants to set aside a part of the world for such experimentation, and PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel thinks a floating island of entrepreneurs might do the job. By those standards, venture capitalist Tim Draper actually has a slightly more down-to-earth plan. The startup mogul is now proposing to split California into six new states, each of which could craft laws that reflect their local interests.

While the state of Silicon Valley hires more overseas engineers, Draper imagines, a new “South California” could simultaneously crack down on immigration. “West California” could cater laws to Hollywood and defense…

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