April 20th, 2005


Seacode: offshore coding cruise ship

[I think this is a great idea. Coincidentally, I've been thinking recently about what it would take to start up a Medical Cruise line, a floating hospital/cruise ship that would be staffed by Indian doctors.]

Via Mike Linksvayer


From Offshore to Ship-to-Shore
4/5/2005 11:18:00 PM

Roger Green and David Cook seem like your run-of-the-mill high tech execs -- well dressed, well spoken, bright guys. That is, until they tell you their business plan. (I heard it at a party last night here at the Gartner conference, then did a quick interview with them.) And then you have to wonder, are these guys whacked?

Here’s their basic idea:

Take a used cruise ship, plant it in international waters three miles off the coast of El Segundo, near Los Angeles, people it with 600 of the brightest software engineers they can find around the world (both men and women), and run a 24-hour-a-day programming shop, thereby avoiding H-1B visa hassles while still exploiting offshore labor cost arbitrage and completing development projects in half the time they’d take onshore or offshore.

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