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:

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Image via Blueseed

70 comments

Steven Johnson
Steven Johnson4 years ago

This video tells more about it
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=nNJppu2Pv8o

Toby Seiler
Toby S.4 years ago

There is no shortage of entrepreneurs in the US.

But what IS in short supply is money. I've re-invested earnings in business for over 25 years and NEVER can attract outside investment in new technology. I've tried (and helped others) ...have the education and experience to back it up. What bullsh--.

Just try being an entrepreneur as an American...but be prepared for bankrupcy, because the odds of success are very small and the downside is total financial ruin.

Do you think these "entrepreneurs" are working with their own money? ...I am. And when I make money, I pay taxes, reinvest in my community and employ people (people in business locally who also risked THEIR OWN money).

I hope that everyone who wants these low cost "professionals" ...loose their jobs to one.

The idea that we have no entrepreneurs in America is wrong, misleading and potentially dangerous to a potential recovery.






Susan T.
Susan T.4 years ago

I'll bet there's a money making factor, like to whom does the co. pay taxes. International waters!
for example. Great thinking. More idiots not paying taxes, not because they are "lazy" or unemployed, just greedy!

Arild Warud
Arild Warud4 years ago

Thanks for the info.

Neil A.
Neil A.4 years ago

If the Gop & tea baggers were not so constipated this would not have to be done . Tsunamis do not cause a problem well off shore!

Pogle S.
Pogle S.4 years ago

Personally I don't trust this idea; off shore states and big business is not the way to go!

Steven J.
Steven Johnson4 years ago

i like this idea. maybe they can keep adding to it and create a floating town.
Also, i'm sure piracy will not be a problem if they have proper weaponry and soldiers

Jennifer C.
Past Member 4 years ago

Thanks for the update.

Winn Adams
Winn Adams4 years ago

Very interesting.

Dee D.
Dolores D.4 years ago

Immigration laws need to be updated - that's for sure. I don't know why some legal immigrants can't open a business here....and employ US citizens. God knows we need the jobs!