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Silicon Valley bid for California to secede gains online support

Pishevar, the Hyperloop One co-founder, to fund initiative for New California Republic

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A leading Silicon Valley entrepreneur and venture capitalist is leading a campaign for California’s secession from the US, after Republican candidate Donald Trump’s shock election victory.

Shervin Pishevar, the Hyperloop One co-founder and executive chairman, announced his campaign on twitter on Tuesday night while the presidential election was underway, saying he will fund “a legitimate campaign for California to become its own nation,” in case Trump wins.

New flag

He followed it up with a series of tweets naming the new entity New California Republic with a newly designed flag.

California, which is home to the Silicon Valley and the global tech innovation capital, is also the sixth largest economy in the world.

The hashtag #NewCalifornia was soon followed by another hashtag #CalExit.

CNBC reported that on Wednesday Pishevar resigned from the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, informing President Obama that he is unwilling to serve under the Presidency of Donald Trump.