Floating, Lawless Tech Incubator Scores $300,000 to Build Libertarian Paradise
Paging Peter Thiel! Blueseed, a sea-faring tech incubator that aims to skirt visa laws by hosting its programs in international waters, has raised $300,000 from Silicon Valley investor Mike Maples. The startup incubator and business center intends to provide a place for non-US citizens to have the same access to the ideas and capital in the Valley without having to go through the complicated visa process. Though it’s just a fraction of the $10-30 million needed for the project to actually take off, no doubt Silicon Valley’s principled libertarian population will be excited to hear the news.This is very preliminary, the company doesn't even know what the incubator will look like.
Last we checked in with the Valley libertarians, Peter Thiel pal Patri Friedman was preparing a book on Seasteading, the practice of living at sea in order to avoid national laws. Blueseed, meanwhile, raised $500,000 in September 2011 and is planning to launch at the end of this year.
According to the venture’s site, it will cost about $1,600 per month per person to live and work on the floating incubator, which will be anchored approximately 12 miles from Silicon Valley. “We’ll charge a combination of rent and equity to accommodate the stage of your startup,” reads the site. “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.”...MORE
Here's the picture they gave to Silicon Valley Business Journal:
Illustration courtesy of Blueseed
And the one they gave to New Statesman:
Concept art of Blueseed. Photograph: Blueseed.co
Genius Engineer/Can't Get an H-1b Visa? "Blueseed: A Startup That Plans to House Would-Be Immigrant Innovators 12 Nautical Miles from Silicon Valley"
Finally, I think I should hook Blueseed up with Yacht Island Design:
"Tropical Island Paradise", a 90 metre island with a top speed of 15 knots.Or:
The 'Streets of Monaco' design looks especially nice.
[and probably cheaper per square foot than Monaco -ed]