» Blueseed sets sail (April Fools’ Day prank)

Our April Fools’ Day prank press release has received unanimous praise for its credibility; however, if the commando dolphins, use of amplified entrepreneur shouts as a sonic defense system, and the colorful yacht (credit: Guilty yacht) weren’t dead giveaways – here’s the official clarification: this was indeed an April Fools’ Day prank.

That said, you can find more information about the actual logistics, timeline and progress of the project on our FAQ page. Enjoy the April Fools’ piece below.


PALO ALTO, Calif. (April 1, 2013) — Blueseed, the ambitious venture that has been working on launching a ship for startup entrepreneurs in international waters off the coast of Silicon Valley, has finally set sail.

Concluding a year and a half of preparations, the company has launched this morning a test ship, Blueseed One, after securing the remainder of its required funding, $18M, from an undisclosed Arab investor. Blueseed One accommodates 50 entrepreneurs, satisfying Minimum Viable Product requirements in the novel category of seafaring startup communities. The ship is being stationed 12 nautical miles off the coast of Half Moon Bay, CA, in international waters outside US jurisdiction. The location allows entrepreneurs from around the world to start or grow their companies without visa restrictions, and with a convenient view of the Pacific Ocean, known to stimulate creativity.

Blueseed One departs from Half Moon Bay, CA, headed towards its 12-mile spot

Responding to the often-voiced concern of potential pirate threats, the company has opted for camouflage vessel paint, and has equipped Blueseed One with several unique safety features.

The first defense level is a specially trained pack of retired commando dolphins, veterans of the United States Navy Marine Mammal Program. The dolphins perform a strictly non-combatant role of ship protection, pirate detection and early warning, and pirate sonar jamming utilizing their own biological sonar.

Should pirates bypass this natural barrier, they will be met with Long Range Acoustic Device (LRAD) countermeasures, generated from the cheers of entrepreneurs who finally receive a positive answer from venture capitalists after sustained pitching periods.

Blueseed One approaching its destination, a spot 12 miles off the coast.

True to its commitment to being a green ship, all restaurants aboard Blueseed serve only locally-caught seafood dishes, a locavore’s sustainable paradise. In addition to the organic eateries, entertainment opportunities aboard include a pool, saunas, waterslides, bars, and assorted water sports in the surrounding ocean. Of these, the most popular are shark taming and manatee riding (otherwise illegal in Florida) as seen on The Daily Show.

Future plans for the community include launching a reality show to compete with Shark Tank. Blueseed’s competitive advantage? The sharks are real.

About Blueseed Inc.

Blueseed is a startup community located on a ship 12 miles off the shore of Silicon Valley, in international waters outside the jurisdiction of the United States. The location allows entrepreneurs around the world to start and grow their companies in a unique technology-oriented space, with a streamlined legal environment and close proximity to Silicon Valley.


Dan Dascalescu

Press Relations


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Blueseed CTO

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