The latest project to have the interest of several technology firms worldwide is Blueseed, a floating city located in international waters outside Silicon Valley. Touted to be the Googleplex of the Sea, the project is co-founded by Max Marty and Dario Mutabdzija and lead by venture capitalist and PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel. The project is still in its finalization stages, with the company deciding between either a cruise ship or a barge to convert into a pirate island. The idea of the Blueseed project is to provide living accommodations, working space, and entertainment facilities for approximately 1,000 customers paying between $1,200 and $3,000 each per month.
The vessel will reportedly be stationed 12 nautical miles from the coast of California, in international waters. This proximity to Silicon Valley is attracting non-US start-up entrepreneurs as it will allow them to work so close to Silicon Valley without a US work visa. Through a tourist or a business visa, you can then easily travel to the mainland if the need arises, or you can keep working on the Blueseed till your company grows large enough to make Silicon Valley its headquarters.
The Blueseed project is expected to be launched in the third quarter of 2013. This project is sure to have a number of firms vying for a place in this unique floating island.
[Blueseed via BGR]