U.S. Immigration Law Drives Entrepreneurs Offshore (Video)
America’s immigration laws are so bad that entrepreneurs are anchoring off international waters in order to get some business done.
A new company, Blueseed, is planning a huge ship to anchor 12 miles off San Francisco on which will be those who want to work with Silicon Valley but who cannot physically get to work in the U.S. A ferry will connect them with business partners.
One entrepreneur, who is working with a Brazilian on a music/interwebs idea, told the BBC:
It’s very important that my partner pitch to investors. That he be here. [Blueseed] just makes the whole process much easier.
Founder Dario Mutabdzija describes it as a “novel” way of lobbying for change. He says:
The immigration system we have today was really designed for a very different era.
A huge number of those behind the biggest U.S. tech companies are immigrants — think of both of those behind Google for example. But, as I reported about last year in the case of a successful technology start-up founder who was driven to operate from Vancouver, the current laws just don’t favor those wanting to actually do business in America.
And nothing is going to change soon because of GOP control of the House and GOP-base fervor against anything to do with immigration. Take the progress (or lack of) of the “Start Up Visa” Act for very good example.
And this isn’t just a “pie in the sky” project. PayPal’s founder is a backer and tech bible Wired.com calls Blueseed “much discussed.”
Watch a BBC report:
Image via Blueseed