City on Ship Would Allow Foreign Tech Workers to Work in America

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For entrepreneurs and techies wishing to make some money in Silicon Valley, one option might be to live on a cruise ship designed for it.

Start-up Blueseed is attempting to revamp an old cruise ship to create a community of foreign-born technology aficionados so they can work in Silicon Valley without having to gain residency in America.

Workers would just need to acquire a work visa, enabling them to come to California once or twice a week for up to a year. 

"A lot of people say, 'I'd like to go to Silicon Valley' but there is no way for them to do it," said Max Marty, Blueseed CEO and co-founder.

"The ship may sound like a crazy idea but it illustrates how seriously flawed the immigration system here is," said John Feinblatt, who runs Partnership for a New American Economy.

"While the U.S. is driving people away, other countries are welcoming them with open arms. If you miss out on them, you miss their talent, their ideas and ultimately the jobs that they create and the taxes that they pay."

The ship would be stationed 12 nautical miles off the coast of California in international waters. It would take just a 30 minute boat ride to reach mainland.

While living on a ship seems unappealing for many, especially after the recent Carnival Cruise disasters, this ship looks nothing like a cruise as it features lots of natural light and open space.

In their recent designs, Blueseed shows the boat looking like a floating city, with tree-lined promenades, shops and cafes. Everything is connected and the abundance of open workspaces encourages creativity to flow.

"You already feel isolated on a ship," Marty said. "We don't want people to feel like they're cooped up in the middle of a dark building."

As of now, Blueseed needs about $18 million more of the $27 million required to build the ship. They predict that if it actually happens, they will charge organizations anywhere between $1,200 a month to house their employees in a shared cabin to $3,000 a month per person.

Sources: Yahoo, Daily Mail