In the wake of the upset victory by Donald Trump last week, a small group of entrepreneurs and venture capitalists have raised the prospect of California leaving the United States.

Immediately dubbed “Calexit,” after the “Brexit” vote by which the United Kingdom will leave the European Union this summer, the mini-movement was seemingly ignited in a series of tweets by Sherpa Capital’s Shervin Pishevar.

At the Web Summit last week, during a press conference for Hyperloop One, Pishevar declined to spend much time talking about his plans for California secession, except to emphasize that this was not just a knee-jerk tweetstorm in response to the victory of man widely despised across Silicon Valley.

“I am very serious,” Pishevar said at the press conference. “And it’s not just me. It’s others. There will be other announcements about that coming up.”

The chance of any state actually leaving the union is less than a longshot. And it remains unclear what Pishevar’s plans are. But what is clear is that he has remained focused on the topic.

Prior to the election, there already was a group called “New California” that was pushing for independence. But Pishevar has tweeted that he is not part of that effort. Instead, he has apparently created a new group called “New California 16” with a Twitter account that highlights the fact that California would represent the world’s sixth-largest economy, were it to be its own country.

Meanwhile, he also still continues to express his unambiguous feelings about the new president-elect.



VentureBeat's mission is to be a digital town square for technical decision-makers to gain knowledge about transformative technology and transact. Our site delivers essential information on data technologies and strategies to guide you as you lead your organizations. We invite you to become a member of our community, to access:
  • up-to-date information on the subjects of interest to you
  • our newsletters
  • gated thought-leader content and discounted access to our prized events, such as Transform 2021: Learn More
  • networking features, and more
Become a member