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U.S. Start-ups Ready To Go Offshore A Few Miles

A few months ago, I blogged about the impending age of the floating workplace -- e.g., how a start-up U.S. company plans to anchor a large ship in international waters off the coast of Silicon Valley where other start-ups can station their staffs. Now the company claims it has 181 global companies interested so far, and 45 of them are U.S. companies.

The company, Blueseed, which bills itself as a "visa-free start-up community," has just released a survey of interest of prospective customers that reveals one-quarter of start-ups interested in the idea are U.S. start-ups, with India and Australia rounding out the top three interested countries.

Blueseed asked entrepreneurs why they want to incubate on a boat. The "coolness factor," the allure of press coverage, and the thought of living and working in an "awesome" start-up space seem to be the most popular reasons, followed by proximity to Silicon Valley investors, a "streamlined legal and regulatory environment," and not having to get visas for management and employees -- not necessarily in that order. [Warning: lyrics NSFW.]

Blueseed hopes to have its business up and running by Q3 2013. Will this idea fly -- or should I say, float? Will American consumers go for the "Made Just Outside U.S. Waters" label? And how could everything from storms to tsunamis to cabin fever to nasty Noroviruses affect productivity? Hmm. Get your swim trunks and your flippy floppies and stay tuned.


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