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.
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“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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