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July 22, 2014

The Buzz: Champion of Six Californias plan performed striptease to honor women in tech

Silicon Valley venture capitalist Tim Draper’s proposal to split California into six states has raised eyebrows across the country. Some eyebrows are raised higher still at a video, shared on social media by opponents of Draper’s plan, in which he performs a partial striptease as he declares his support for women in technology.

Silicon Valley venture capitalist Tim Draper’s proposal to split California into six states has raised eyebrows across the country. Some eyebrows are raised higher still at a video, shared on social media by opponents of Draper’s plan, in which he performs a partial striptease as he declares his support for women in technology.

The 2 1/2 minute clip shows Draper’s acceptance speech for an award he won in 2008 from Astia, a venture capital firm that invests in female-led companies. After declaring “the sky is the limit” for companies he supports, Draper removes one article of clothing for each female-led firm in which he invested.

The striptease ends with Draper wearing only pants and singing a song he wrote called “Riskmaster.”

Steve Maviglio, co-founder of One California, a group opposed to Draper’s plan, said he thinks the video will cause viewers to question Draper’s judgment.

“He’s somebody who has a lot of time and money on his hands and is not in the mainstream of California thinking,” Maviglio said.

Roger Salazar, a communications consultant for Draper, declined to comment.

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