Blueseed to Create a Floating Community of International Tech Entrepreneurs Off the Coast of San Francisco
Spawning dreams and converting them into reality is what a ship 12 miles away from the coast with stunning interiors replicating a mini mainland city, intends to do. Blueseed, a start-up firm is planning to build a residential and working community on a ship off the coast of San-Francisco in international waters for ambitious minds from across the globe.
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Founded by two budding entrepreneurs, Max Marty and Dario Mutabdzija in 2011, the idea of building an "off-land" start-up community that could give ambitious businessmen a chance to turn their dreams into reality, stemmed from the limitations that mainland rules imposed on entrepreneurial opportunities, reports LA Times.
The whole concept of building a city on a ship is to draw genius tech minds from various countries, to share ideas and work under a single roof, without having to worry about the stringent immigration rules of America.
Blueseed's official website reads:
"Blueseed will station a ship 12 nautical miles from the coast of San Francisco, in international waters. The location will allow startup entrepreneurs from anywhere in the world to start or grow their company near Silicon Valley, without the need for a U.S. work visa. The ship will be converted into a co-working and co-living space, and will have high-speed Internet access and daily transportation to the mainland via ferry boat. So far, over 1000 entrepreneurs from 60+ countries expressed interest in living on the ship."
Apparently, the project will cost around $27 million. PayPal co-founder, Peter Theil is also investing in the project. For maintenance and docking, Blueseed is considering Mexico and Vancouver.
According to Curbed, the living spaces on the micro-city will be designed to encourage brainstorming and open exchange of ideas. The city will have an open workspace, shops, cafes and a huge buffet area. The whole place will be done up with bright colors so that people don't feel "depressed" and "suffocated between dark buildings". The cruise-city will have tree-lined walkways and sitting areas with benches as well. Once the project is up and rolling, organizations might be charged $1200 a month for a shared room and up to around $3000 a month for a single cabin to house employees.
Check out the renderings of the cruise-city, here.
Some experts are skeptical about the project stating that these kinds of ideas have been dreams of entrepreneurs for long but seldom come true. Though it is not entirely impossible, but is definitely very difficult. However, Blueseed is quite confident and positive about the opportunity, reports Houzz.com.
The Blueseed Project has been dubbed "Googleplex of the sea" by Reason TV. Check out an interesting video on the project below: