Shervin Pishevar of San Francisco, Calexit financier. Photo via LinkedIn
Shervin Pishevar of San Francisco, Calexit financier. Photo via LinkedIn

In the 1770s, Haym Salomon and Robert Morris helped convert French loans into the cash that financed the American Revolution. In 2016, Shervin Pishevar hopes to play the same role — for California.

It’s called Calexit, named after Brexit — the British pullout from the European Union. It existed before Donald Trump was elected, but is gathering steam on social media.

Pishevar is an “Iranian American entrepreneur, venture capitalist, and super angel investor,” Wikipedia says. “He is the co-founder and executive chairman of Hyperloop One and a co-founder and managing director of Sherpa Capital, a venture capital fund which has invested in companies including Airbnb, Uber, and Munchery.”

Pishevar of San Francisco has reportedly seeded more than 60 companies. So what’s another country?

As recounts, “Far-fetched as it may sound, the plan started gathering steam after Tuesday night’s surprising presidential vote. The movement has an impressive backer in Shervin Pishevar, a well-known angel investor who offered to bankroll a campaign to secede.”

Calexit’s website claims: “In the Spring of 2019, Californians will go to the polls in a historic vote to decide by referendum if California should exit the Union. … In our view, the United States of America represents so many things that conflict with Californian values, and our continued statehood means California will continue subsidizing the other states to our own detriment, and to the detriment of our children.”

It won’t be easy, though. First you have to stifle the laughter.

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