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World’s First ‘Floating City’ For Tech Startups
By Anthea Quay, 11 May 2012
Hoping to make it easier for foreign entrepreneurs to get work visas in the US, startup company ‘Blueseed’—run by tech entrepreneur Max Marty and his team—is planning to launch a ‘floating city’ for tech startups, that will be anchored in international waters near Silicon Valley.
The idea behind the vessel is to provide a way for tech companies to hire people from around the world, without having to worry about visas or work permits—while also being able to use resources and meet people in Silicon Valley.
The visa-free offshore startup community will be located at sea just outside the 12-mile limit for US territorial waters, off the coast of California.
Rent aboard the ship costs about US$1,200 to $3,000 a month per person—almost as much as living in San Francisco—depending on what type of cabin you’re looking for.
Blueseed will also have ferries that will shuttle those living aboard the ship to Silicon Valley everyday—but only for those with proper paperwork.
According to Fox Business, PayPal’s co-founder Peter Thiel has already committed US$500,000 to the project.
The ship is expected to launch in 2013.
Let’s just hope those talented people on board the ship don’t easily get seasick.
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