Offshore city idea floated to help Silicon Valley

The heart of capitalism is genius. Unfortunately, it’s sometimes evil genius.

Baywatch, it is not. (Rendering courtesy of Blueseed)

Baywatch, it is not. (Rendering courtesy of Blueseed)

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.

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Goose

December 5th, 2011
4:05 pm

dbm

December 5th, 2011
4:48 pm

This is good genius, not evil genius.

We should not have laws arbitrarily limiting who can come here. They are bad laws, first because they violate our American principles of freedom and opportunity for all, and second because they create serious practical problems, as has become more and more apparent. This floating city sounds like a good workaround for some people.

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LaVetrius

December 5th, 2011
5:55 pm

“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…”

Ironic that we enforce quotas on how many bright, creative immigrants like that can come into the U.S., while at the same time we look the other way while millions of uneducated peasants move back and forth across our southern border at will.

Float done right!

December 5th, 2011
6:37 pm

The idea needs the engineers at Float Inc in San Diego to be brought on board! Using their proprietary designs and configurations the city would produce it’s own electricity, desalinate water, and provide far more stability than the ship pictured in the article. In fact it would make far more power and water than it needs and that could be sold to customers on shore. More information can be found at http:///www.floatinc.org

Dean

December 5th, 2011
6:51 pm

I hope the unskilled Coast Guard doesn’t have to save their lives when the perfect storm comes by.

Fred

December 5th, 2011
8:49 pm

“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.”

I’m not exactly sure who are bigger asshats. You George for that idiotic statement, or the posters here who subscribe to that talk wing Koolaide.

There are PLENTY of “skilled” workers here in the US, they just don’t want to work for slave wages or be like the third world Countries of China and India that these people are coming from.

What in the hell is wrong with you people/ Why do you hate your Country, your fellow Americans, and YOURSELVES so much that you prostitute yourselves for the 1 percenters? That “trickle down’ you are feeling is nothing more than the contemptuous urine from those for whom you tote the mail for. Of COURSE the billionaires are on board with this idea. It’s just another way to off shore jobs, pocket more money and screw more Americans.

Just damn.

shug

December 5th, 2011
9:16 pm

you tell em Fred

David

December 6th, 2011
8:12 pm

Fred is only half right here. The problem is not the so called evil one percenters, or capitalism or evil corporations. Business is going to do what needs to be done to be successful. The idiots in Washington that are creating regulations at a record rate are making it so difficult to do business here that business is going where it can do business. It is just this simple. Business must make money or it will not survive. Business does not happen to provide you jobs. It happens to make money. If it makes money, it will provide you jobs. Wise up people, and slay the right dragon here. .

BILLY MAYS HERE

December 16th, 2011
1:28 pm

David

December 6th, 2011
8:12 pm

Fred is only half right here. The problem is not the so called evil one percenters, or capitalism or evil corporations. Business is going to do what needs to be done to be successful. The idiots in Washington that are creating regulations at a record rate are making it so difficult to do business here that business is going where it can do business. It is just this simple. Business must make money or it will not survive. Business does not happen to provide you jobs. It happens to make money. If it makes money, it will provide you jobs. Wise up people, and slay the right dragon here. .

Look at how stupid you are.

Truth Squad

December 28th, 2011
4:33 pm

And who pays to keep North Korea from coming and hauling their behinds to Pyongyang? What a nice terrorist target that would make as well. Who are they expecting to protect them? International water means they are kind of on their own.

I think it is telling that they want the benefits of Silicon Valley without having to pay for a society that enables it to exists in the first place.

OneFreeMan

December 28th, 2011
8:27 pm

The idea that Americans are not smart enough is not true at all. The thought that government regulations are forcing the jobs overseas is more like it. And it’s the regulation in tax policy that allows US corporations to make profits elsewhere and not pay taxes heree.

I’ve worked in the information technology field for the past 30 years and have yet to meet anyone that was technically sound because of their ethnicity. I have seen many people from other countries that could perform the task without major assistance. Many of the largest companies in ATL have outsourced or hired all of their techs from outside the USA.

One of the big companies hires one H1B and gets another H1B for free.

OneFreeMan

December 28th, 2011
8:28 pm

The idea that Americans are not smart enough is not true at all. The thought that government regulations are forcing the jobs overseas is more like it. And it’s the regulation in tax policy that allows US corporations to make profits elsewhere and not pay taxes heree.

I’ve worked in the information technology field for the past 30 years and have yet to meet anyone that was technically sound because of their ethnicity. I have seen many people from other countries that could NOT perform the task without major assistance. Many of the largest companies in ATL have outsourced or hired all of their techs from outside the USA.

One of the big companies hires one H1B and gets another H1B for free.