28 November 2011

"Seasteading Light"

Ars Technica | Timothy B Lee | Startup hopes to hack the immigration system with a floating incubator

So a new company called Blueseed is seeking to bypass the political process and solve the problem directly. Blueseed plans to buy a ship and turn it into a floating incubator anchored in international waters off the coast of California.

Ars talked to Blueseed founder Max Marty. He acknowledged that it would be better for America to reform immigration laws and thereby make his company unnecessary. But in the meantime, Marty and his team are hard at work tackling the practical obstacles to making their vision of a floating, year-round hack-a-thon a reality. Within the next year, they're hoping to raise a venture capital round large enough to lease or buy a ship with space for around a thousand passengers. If Blueseed's audacious hack of the immigration system is successful, it will not only open up Silicon Valley to a broader range of entrepreneurs, it will also shine a spotlight on the barriers American law places in the way of immigrants seeking to start businesses in the United States.
Cirsumvrenting immigration laws? Huzzah! [Sic]

Bypassing the political process and using technology and markets to get shit done? Huzzah times two.
Seasteading light

Marty met his cofounder, Dario Mutabdzija when both were employees of the Seasteading Institute, a nonprofit we covered back in 2008. [...] "A lot of seasteading projects in the past lacked a business model that made what they're doing work," he said. "We're solving a very specific and very big problem."
Bootstrapping seasteading? Can I get three huzzahs?

The firm will also need considerable legal advice to navigate these uncharted waters of immigration law.
Sounds like a job for Chareth Cutestory!


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