Serviced Office Space at Sea Coming in 2013


Serviced office space at sea? That’s the essence of a concept from Blueseed, a company that’s launching a floating incubator that draws elements of coworking into the mix.

Blueseed is rolling out the project for what it calls the “boldest, brightest, and most talented tech entrepreneurs from around the world” and the individuals and organizations that support and invest in them.

Blueseed is offering startups an opportunity to office on a ship that’s anchored a 30 minutes, or about 12 miles, from Silicon Valley. That puts it in international waters outside the jurisdiction of the United States.

“I think this is a huge draw,” Dan Dascalescu, CIO of Blueseed told Fox News. “But when we asked applicants [why they were applying] the motivation wasn’t the visa-free aspect. They just wanted to be around others like themselves, to exchange ideas and get fresh ideas from outside the U.S.”

The idea is to allow the world’s best entrepreneurs to gather and collaborate in one place, and not be limited by antiquated work visa restrictions. Blueseed notes that you can legally earn an income working on your startup while on the Blueseed vessel regardless of your nationality, but you can’t legally earn a paycheck while visiting the mainland, unless you have a U.S. work visa or are a U.S. permanent resident. U.S. residents can travel to Blueseed at any time.

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“Silicon Valley is the best place in the world to scale a company, and once you’re large enough there are legal channels available to move into Silicon Valley proper,” Blueseed said. “We will provide you with the resources and contacts you need to make the transition.”

Blueseed will charge a combination of rent and equity to accommodate the stage of your startup. The price per person will include living and office space, and will range from $1200 for a shared cabin to $3000 for a top-tier single accommodation cabin.

“We want to be one of the coolest and the best environments for high-tech startups anywhere,” Dario Mutabdzija, a U.S. citizen who emigrated from the former Yugoslavia, told the San Francisco Chronicle. “Our goal is to do a better job than the incubators and accelerators that exist in Silicon Valley.”

This morphed coworking-incubator concept won’t launch until at least the third quarter of 2013, but it’s gaining international media exposure.

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