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INTERVIEW: We Talk to Blueseed About Their Floating “Googleplex of the Sea” Island
Posted By Tafline Laylin On January 1, 2013 @ 9:30 am In Architecture,clean tech,Environment,Green Building,Innovation,Interviews,Water Issues | 3 Comments
We were so intrigued by Blueseed's goal of creating a visa-free floating city off the California coast that we had to get the scoop from the company's CEO Max Marty and CIO Dan Dascalescu on their sustainability plans for this ambitious project. Designed to provide accommodation and office space for up to 1,000 highly talented entrepreneurs who are not permitted to live and work on American soil, this offshore Silicon Valley backed by Paypal founder Peter Thiel has great potential to serve as a showcase for cutting-edge energy generation and waste treatment systems. The firm is actively seeking clean tech professionals to join the team and turn this visa-free hub into a flurry of sustainable creativity. Step in to learn more about what Marty and Dascalescu have brewing, and for a peek at brand new concept designs released just yesterday!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Max Marty: At this time we’re not looking into floating platforms . Instead, we’re looking at existing vessel designs such as cruise ships and accomodation barges. If you’ve ever been on a cruise, you know it’s nothing like an oil rig.
Max Marty: Broadly speaking, environmental concerns can be put into two categories. Waste management and energy generation. There are many good remedies for waste management  that turn waste water into water that’s almost clean enough to drink. There are also many renewable energy sources , including sources that can be used on ships (such as wind, solar, wave energy harnessing, ocean thermal energy generation, etc). The problem is figuring out how to do these in a way that is both green and cost effective for our application. We’ve been making some headway here but would love to connect with individuals or organizations that could work with us on solutions to these questions.
Max Marty: There are many eco startups and cleantech companies  out there with products that could work for a project like this. This would be an opportunity for them to demonstrate the feasibility of their products on the high seas while showcasing it to the world. This incubator will be a great hub of creativity and talented entrepreneurs from around the world, so if their products are successfully helping us generate the power we need to treat wastewater, they will be globally recognized as the tech leaders in this market.
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URLs in this post:
 Image: http://inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2011/12/Blueseed-Modern-Hull-1.jpg
 Blueseed: http://www.blueseed.co/about-us.html
 Paypal’s founder Peter Thiel: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Thiel
 “seed funding”: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seed_money
 existing structures: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Green_building
 Image: http://inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2011/12/Blueseed-Two-Habitat-Units-1.jpg
 floating platforms: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oil_platform
 waste management: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waste_management
 renewable energy sources: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Renewable_energy
 cleantech companies: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clean_technology
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