Out of all the morning's stories competing for my click, this one grabbed it: A report from The Associated Press about a Sunnyvale, Calif. startup that seeks to house foreign entrepreneurs who can't get work visas on a boat, perhaps a converted cruise ship, docked off the California coast.
The startup, Blueseed Co., is headed by Max Marty, a second-generation Cuban American who became frustrated with the visa system and conceived the floating live-work space plan after hearing his foreign business-school classmates at the University of Miami complain about having to leave the country after completing their degrees. Why, he thought, not put them on a boat?
Federal immigration officials contacted wouldn't comment, saying they weren't familiar with the proposal yet. Not surprisingly, it's also drawn its share of criticism. My favorite line in the story, from a maritime engineering consultant: "...it would be prudent if the vessel had its own propulsion if you had a Pacific hurricane come along." Here is an excerpt with more details: