You Can All Go to Hell

In an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal Peter Reed, founder and CEO of Reed Teams, declaims:

I’m moving my business headquarters off the West Coast. We tried San Francisco. We tried the Seattle area. Both were wonderful in their own ways, especially in natural beauty and personal friendships. But both have become hostile to the principles and policies that enable people to live abundantly in the broadest sense.

That’s why my company is in the final stages of purchasing office space in Austin, Texas. By the end of the year, I hope to move dozens of employees to the Lone Star State and to be ready to hire hundreds more. While uprooting a big part of a billion-dollar company isn’t easy, the decision to move to Texas wasn’t hard. Our staff and their families will be able to flourish to a much greater extent.


I’ve talked with many entrepreneurs in California, Washington and Oregon who have encountered similar issues. Most aren’t sure how to respond. Generally, the amount of tech talent and funding on the coast leads them to conclude that they have no choice but to stay put and stay silent.

I reject that answer. The biggest talent pool in the world doesn’t matter if the ocean that surrounds it is intellectually shallow. If a business is based in a place that expects social and political conformity, then innovation will falter eventually, because it depends on pushing the boundaries. And if our people find it hard to flourish in every aspect of their lives, then the company will struggle in the long run. I think that as the West Coast becomes more insular and exclusive, other parts of the country will become the biggest drivers of tech innovation.

That’s why we’re leaving the West Coast and heading to Texas.

I was reminded of Davy Crockett’s famous snort, “You can all go to Hell and I will go to Texas”. He isn’t alone. In raw numbers Texas and Florida lead the country in net domestic inmigration while in percentage terms Idaho, Nevada, Arizona, and South Carolina lead the pack.

6 comments… add one
  • TarsTarkas Link

    Peter Reed is a blithering idiot for purchasing space in Austin, Texas. Austin is well on its way to being San Francisco/Seattle East. The city’s rulers will hate and despise him for being a capitalist pig-dog that won’t lick the shoe soles of BLM and ANTIFA.

  • roadgeek Link

    What terrifies native Texans, including this one, is that the majority of those transplants will register to vote, and will vote for the same policies and leadership which ruined the West Coast. Austin is already well on that path.

  • jan Link

    Interesting comments above me, and both have salient points. Austin is indeed very liberal, with a populace emulating what he hopes to leave behind him. Also, as ridiculous as it might seem, people do take their political affiliations with them, even if the ideological baggage works against their personal interests.

  • Guarneri Link

    “Also, as ridiculous as it might seem, people do take their political affiliations with them….”

    All I can say is that this is not my personal experience. Here in Bluffton, SC, which is like the California Gold Rush, the people we meet from IL, NY etc are escaping hell. They won’t vote for what they left. It was the same in FL.

  • Grey Shambler Link

    Austin is a liberal outlier in a conservative state.
    The decision to pick the state capital instead of say, youthful and fast growing San Antonio may be an indication of (as Dave would say), rent seeking.

  • steve Link

    Yawn. More propaganda from the right wing WSJ. If he wants to pay less taxes then he should just say that. I have lived in the South. He wont be surround by intellectual giants. Cultural conformity is just as important in the South if that is his concern.


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