The heart of capitalism is genius. Unfortunately, it’s sometimes evil genius.
Take Blueseed, a new startup in California that’s floating the idea of an offshore city that can house 1,000 skilled, non-U.S. tech workers in international waters.
According to a USA Today article, the ship would be close enough to Silicon Valley for ocean dwellers (who would pay $1,200 a month) to hop a quick ferry over to meet with potential Silicon Valley employers.
Considering the prices of real estate in that area, $1,200 is a bargain. And the views would have to be amazing.
The company’s founder is hoping find investors that will pony up $10 million to build the floating city. Seems like he could get an old cruise ship a lot cheaper; those ships already have lots of rooms, casinos and bars. There’d have to be a strip club or two as well, since I figure the population of Blueseed will be 90 percent male.
Amazingly, billionaire’s are interested in helping out. USA Today reports Peter Thiel, co-founder of PayPal, is on board with the plan.
Immigration officials refused comment.
The Blueseed site lays the marketing on pretty thick: “Because of the United States’ current immigration and regulatory regime, bold and creative entrepreneurs from around the world aren’t given the chance to come to Silicon Valley and develop the technologies that could be creating jobs and propelling the economy forward.”
Too bad the U.S. education system doesn’t produce the “skilled” labor Silicon Valley demands. It might save the Coast Guard a giant headache.