Start-Ups

Blueseed on-the-sea startup incubator

Blueseed

Blueseed, a visa-free start-up incubator, is located 12 miles off the coast of California. It has room for 1,000 or so entrepreneurs, and will feature onboard medical services, a concierge, 24-7 security, full-service gym, dining, shopping, and just about any other amenity you can think of. This photo gallery shows some schematics of Blueseed.

For more details, read my TechRepublic blog about Blueseed.

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16 comments
charles.hodgkins
charles.hodgkins

As someone who has sailed this coast a lot, all I can say is wait until the first storm when the waves build to 20ft and the rain pours down. Then lets see them try and get on or off the ship.

jk2001
jk2001

Take lots of Dramamine.

HAL 9000
HAL 9000 moderator

From the Movie Silent Running. Of the Goodies Pirate Post Office, come Radio Station come country. Both ended very badly. ;) Col

gcdimarketing
gcdimarketing

There might be pirates within 12 miles of our west coast but if you really think they will be a problem, I expect after you hang a few from the rails you won't have much of a problem. If they are a really bad nuisance, just advertise free sea safari vacations and I'm sure you will be able to get plenty of takers. /SARC Freedom isn't free. If you don't have the guts to take responsibility for your own safety, I'd recommend hiring body guards. All things considered, I expect you'd be a lot safer fending off pirates on Blueseed than fending off drug thugs in South Chicago.

mrpekarik
mrpekarik

This looks and sounds like a new iteration of Simcity. When will it be available? Seriously, we don't need another Utopian dream, we just needs to government to get out of our way so we can create jobs and wealth by our selves.

333239
333239

...think I'll skip.

cbeckers
cbeckers

The images shown suggest that these are floating vessels. Under international law, as vessels (self propelled or otherwise), they must have a flag of registry and they are subject to the laws of that flag nation. Those laws apply not only to the crew aboard the vessel (there must be some), but also to the passengers (non-crew). If they are platforms (i.e., affixed to and supported by the bottom of the ocean), not floating vessels, they still must have a national registration under international law and they still have laws regarding passengers (occupants) and crew. If they do not have a flag of registry, then they are rogue and will not be protected by any nation. How will they defend against piracy, for example?

neil.postlethwaite
neil.postlethwaite

Get on-shore, no to Floating IT sweat shops - Pay US Federal/State Taxes - Obey US Employment Legislation - Employ local workers - 8.1% unemployment rate in the US. Hope no Somali pirates rob you blind - LOL.

terry.floyd
terry.floyd

The website suggests BlueSeed will launch sometime between Q3 of 2013 and Q1 of 2014. If government was going to get out of the way to permit private enterprise to create jobs and wealth, don't you think they would have already done so by now? They've had plenty of time to steer a course toward recovery, but they haven't made much progress. Perhaps it's about time to jump ship and sail in a different direction?

terry.floyd
terry.floyd

If you visit the BlueSeed website and read their FAQ page, you will see that all your concerns about maritime flag registration and piracy are already addressed. They've been doing their homework for this project for several years now and have covered pretty much all their bases. This kind of diligence is helping them atrract investors.

Iforgotmydisplayname
Iforgotmydisplayname

Really? And how exactly has US Employment Legislation helped slow down the Unemployment Rate? I would love to hear your theory. Jobs aren't created by the government. They're created by people spending their hard earned money. And a free economy is far better at fixing itself (there's an argument that it can't break, that it isn't possible for it to break) than any group of politicians.

mcarr
mcarr

You'd think that they would have finalised on a design then. It would take at least a year to outfit a ship to that level of finish and quality, so they should be well down the track of working out details, not putting up pretty pictures of "concept vessels". It'll never happen - it's nothing more than a startup itself... and one that few serious investors would be foolish enough to sink money into. (No pun intended.)

HAL 9000
HAL 9000 moderator

Jobs are very much created by the Government particularly their Model of Slavery by the Back Door, look at the Prison System in the US and what they make not to mention what the workers are paid. There is now a very understandable reason why the US has so many people in Prison and no one is complaining about the Slavery that they are indulging in. Col