- A tech innovator wants to establish a floating city off the coast of California.
- In international waters, the residents wouldn't have to adhere to visa requirements of the United States.
And you thought Silicon Valley was exclusive?
Meet Blueseed, which, after it sets out to sea in 2013, will be the first-ever sea-based tech incubator, according to its founder. This startup community space is being built for technology's best and brightest, so long as they have their sea legs.
Romanian-born Dan Dascalescu, CIO of Blueseed, said he first learned about seasteading, or creating "floating cities," in 2006 while working at Yahoo!. After struggling with visa issues to come to Silicon Valley and start his own company, Dascalescu said he was inspired by the notion of creating ocean communities in international waters, so that entrepreneurs wouldn't need a visa to essentially startup 12 miles off the California coast.
"I think this is a huge draw," Dascalescu said of the visa-free feature of the ship. "But when we asked applicants [why they were applying] the motivation wasn't the visa-free aspect. They just wanted to be around others like themselves, to exchange ideas and get fresh ideas from outside the U.S."