How would you like to have your own office in probably the greatest innovation centre of the world where you can run shoulders with the greats of business everyday, no visa is needed to do business and tax is a distant memory.
California based Blueseed has plans to do exactly that on a bespoke Office Ship. Imagine being able to be part of the Silicon Valley dream from just a few miles offshore and have the opportunity to be one of the top 1,000 entrepreneurs on the ship to develop their business. I have to say that it is not often that a weary skeptic like this writer gets to really want to see a new office complex but just the thought of being in the cabin beside the next Bill Gates, the next Steve Jobs or the next Facebook founder has me drooling with anticipation Blueseed CEO Max Marty and his team intend to offer all this by giving 1,000 of the best entrepreneurs a chance to develop their ideas “in an ecosystem designed for their success” just 12 nautical miles from San Francisco.
At Your Office Agent we are always looking for the Ideal Office for our clients and Ideal is the place where staff achieve maximum efficiency is perfectly balanced with the same staff liking the job so much they don’t want to leave. In a case like this it is interesting because, although this would seem to go against some of the home life balance rules, it also scores very strongly in the personal growth areas and in a report done recently by Workplace giant, Regus, personal growth and employer appreciation scored much higher for employees than money or convenience.
Who gets to come to the party?
The “build it and they will come” question does not need to be asked in this case. San Francisco is like many other cities in the world where good space is hard to find and companies are looking for business growth and adaptability solutions as much as space itself. More to the point will be the type of companies who will choose this solution. The developers are creating a very green environment however in reality it will start with the who’s who of technology because they will not want to miss out. Then it will be followed by the hundreds of starry eyed entrepreneurs who want the IPO golden ticket to happiness. From our perspective we love the community aspect to this office Ship solution. In too many cases companies lock themselves away and never collaborate with other companies on their floor, their building, their street or their city. In this case you can meet your neighbor while choosing where to be seasick. A price worth paying if you ask us.
Our Ideal Office scorecard is always based on six criteria out of a maximum score of five points for each criteria. We adapt our criteria based on your feedback and the latest needs for office users, so please keep giving us your views so we can stay on track.
- Lease flexibility and Space Agility – 3 (we do not know the lease terms yet but agility has to be an issue in a confined space)
- Personal employee growth – 5
- Community collaboration – 5
- Premises look and feel – 4 (it may not live up to its hype)
- Desire to be here – 5 (for those who want to be here there will be no other option)
- Employee work life balance - 2 (This is is a single persons gig)
24 out of 30 is a good score and to be honest some companies will score this a 30 out of 30 if the collaboration side of it is really important to them. From our side we like anything that pushes the envelope so our friends at Blueseed get our thumbs up. We will be watching closely for our clients but feedback to us what you think.
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