Gallery: INTERVIEW: We Talk to Blueseed About Their Floating “Googleple...

 
This boat that will provide accommodation and office space for 1,000 talented entrepreneurs who are not permitted to work in the United States

INHABITAT: Can you briefly tell us what you have in mind for your floating city off the coast of San Francisco?

Max Marty: Many entrepreneurs from all parts of the globe want to come to Silicon Valley to create their tech startups. In the past, this hasn’t been possible because the US visa system was not designed for it. Blueseed is going to change that. We’re creating a visa-free incubator for tech startups. A thousand of the world’s best entrepreneurs will get the chance to develop their ideas in an ecosystem designed for their success. And it’ll be just half an hour from the coastline by daily ferry access.

INHABITAT: Do you have any ideas for a name yet?

Max Marty: The company is named Blueseed, but we haven’t decided on a name for the ship yet. Perhaps we’ll crowdsource this in the near future.

INHABITAT: Paypal’s founder Peter Thiel is committed to helping you fund this project… any sense of how much funding you’re going to need?

Max Marty: Peter is coming in to the 500K USD “seed funding” round that we’re currently raising to do the R&D work needed. The project’s total up front cost will be around 15-35millon USD.

INHABITAT: This new set of concept drawings is being published for the first time today. How close are you to finalizing a design?

Max Marty: There are three options. Leasing an existing vessel, purchasing an existing vessel, and building a new one. The first two options would of course require some retrofitting to suit our needs. Each option has its pros and cons, but I’d say the first two options are far more likely than designing our own vessel. The more existing structures and technologies we can use the better.

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3 Comments

  1. Eric Hahn February 10, 2013 at 7:28 pm

    Military concepts like Afloat Forward Sustaining Base (AFSB) obviously have a completely different mission than a tech incubating ship, but sustaining people and systems at sea is a common requirement. How can it be accomplished most “sustainably”? http://oceanfacilities.blogspot.com/2013/02/sustaining-afloat-forward-staging-base.html

  2. Jonathan Baker May 30, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    I like the idea. I like the concept. I particularly like it because I have spent quite a few years conceiving, designing and building floating structures similar to what you are looking at. I would recommend building from scratch.
    If you’d like a sounding board with real practical experience (coupled with a passionate belief in the Vision), feel free to contact me. Easiest would be to contact me through LinkedIn: Jonathan T Baker, Architect.
    Good luck

  3. Captjeff March 7, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    Fabulous concept.
    I want in!!
    Do it gents it is the way of the future
    What a vision only money can promote and achieve.

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