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What is a Startup Society?
Here are some examples.

What do these have in common?

All of these are startup societies.

A startup society is typically a small territorial experiment in government. For centuries, innovators have created enclaves to escape institutional barriers. America itself was created to escape religious persecution in Europe. The startup societies of today are making the world into a more diverse and competitive place. 

Since the foundation of society is good governance AND "good government" means different things to different people, new startup societies can improve lives by providing a space to experiment with new ideas and provide competitive pressure to existing states. 

Just like business startups, startup societies are:

  • Small
  • Experimental
  • Often focused on technology
  • Responsive to those they serve
  • Useful if they fail because they provide data when they do
  • Able to generate enormous prosperity when they succeed

  Balaji S. Srinivasan, Startup Societies Foundation Advisor

Balaji S. Srinivasan, Startup Societies Foundation Advisor


What is Startup Societies Foundation?

Startup societies (SEZs, eco villages, micro states, intentional communities, seasteads and smart cities) typically operate in isolation. No support network. This leads to a greater likelihood of failure due to a lack of connections, information and resources.

Our mission is to connect, educate and empower small territorial experiments in government — all over the world.

Startup Societies Foundation studies, promotes, and connects startup societies. We want to create a vibrant, global startup societies industry through international conferences, investment summits, digital content and academic studies.

Startup Societies Foundation does not endorse any ideology or ideal society. We believe that there must be a multiplicity of options to test, from private cities and SEZs to collectivized communes. Their success depends on empirical evidence. In order to apply the scientific method to societies, we must have a large sample size.

We intend to build alternatives to traditional politics, business, culture and technology. 

Startup Societies Ethical Code

The Principle of Exit

If startup societies allow ease of exit and competition, a bad political philosophy/practice can be easily overcome. Citizens can simply leave.

The Principle of Exit either:

  • Puts competitive pressure on a bad startup society to improve; or
  • Ends it altogether

However, if exit is not reasonably possible, bad startup societies can tyrannize and impoverish its citizens. Our basic principle behind our criteria is:

"Startup societies must not unduly increase the cost of exit and prevent experimentation and improvement."

Here are our 10 Rules for Startup Societies

  1. No democide.
  2. No arbitrary laws.
  3. No impossible cost to exit.
  4. No surveillance for blackmail.
  5. No psychological control without freedom of speech.
  6. No torture.
  7. No ignoring sovereignty.
  8. No fraud.
  9. No red market economy.
  10. No aggressive military action.

Click here to learn more about these ten rules.

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