Now, we’ve heard some wild concepts over the years. But the latest idea getting some buzz in Silicon Valley (not to mention cash from well known angel investor Peter Thiel) goes a bit off the deep end.
An organization by the name of Blueseed Co. is proposing a “visa-free offshore incubator” — housed in renovated cruise ships or barges — 12 miles off the shores of San Francisco.
Crazy? Maybe. But the company is pushing forward with the concept, writing on its Web site:
Our facilities will be a short ferry ride away from Silicon Valley so that great ideas and talent from around the world can live, work, and play while having convenient access to the San Francisco Bay Area. We will provide a customized environment centered around smart, proven, cost-effective legal best practices, and modern living and work accommodations.
The renovated cruise ships or barges (the company’s Web site has multiple renderings of the possible facilities) could house up to 1,000 tech workers.
The project is estimated to cost between $10 million to $30 million, with a launch date of 2013, reports The Huffington Post.
Fox News is already calling it “The Love Boat for entrepreneurs,” while Blueseed CEO Max Marty dubs it the “Googleplex of the sea.”
Running a startup has its own set of challenges, but creating a new business on the high seas comes with added risk factors. Blueseed addresses everything from tsunamis to pirates to seasickness in a FAQ on its site.
What do you think? Could high-tech incubators one day take to the high seas in an entrepreneurial flotilla of sorts? And, if so, should Seattle jump on board?
After all, we’ve got plenty of water nearby, and even a few unused aircraft carriers sitting out in Bremerton.
Here’s Marty — the son of Cuban immigrants who received an MBA from the University of Miami– talking about the idea with Fox News.