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‘Six Californias’ backer to co-produce reality show

Coming soon from the producer of “Six Californias:” a reality show about Silicon Valley startups struggling for success.

Tim DraperYes, Atherton venture capitalist Tim Draper’s Draper University of Heroes – the San Mateo school/ecosystem/incubator/ashram he founded in 2013 to nurture tech innovators – has partnered with Ugly Brother Studios to produce a show that will follow students as they build and launch a Silicon Valley startup.

They’ve put out a casting call for “young entrepreneurs with brilliant business ideas who would like to enter the Spring Residential Program and be featured on the series! Selected students will be followed as they enter the hands-on curriculum of the program and apply their new knowledge, network and skills to their startup businesses.”

If you want to be considered, send your name, age, contact information, a brief biography, a statement of why you’re a good candidate, and a current photo to bigideacasting@gmail.com.

Yet this show about innovation might not be so innovative. Syfy has already announced a similar reality show – “The Bazillion Dollar Club” – will start airing in 2015.

Draper, 56, was the proponent of “Six Californias,” a proposed punchline ballot measure to break the Golden State into six parts. But after he spent $5.2 million of his own money to gather signatures to put the measure on 2016’s ballot, the Secretary of State’s office in September found the measure had failed to qualify because too many of the signatures Draper submitted were invalid.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.