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Thursday, May 19, 2005


Hail ingenuity ! You might have heard of IT offshoring,onshoring and nearshoring. Ever heard of coding on the sea ?Why send software work to India when you can have it done on a cruise ship 3.1 miles off California?

Two San Diego entrepreneurs have come up with a very literal twist on offshoring software development jobs. This pair wants to get their hands on a 600-cabin cruise ship and park it off the coast of El Segundo, Calif., just over the 3-mile border that marks international waters ( To avoid US Payroll taxes).

They'll pack the boat with engineers who will write code day and night.Programmers--sorry, seamen--hired from places like India and Russia would have their own cabins, work eight- or ten-hour stretches on either a day or night shift.
SeaCode's pitch is that it will still charge the same rates as developing-world firms while offering clients freedom from killer flights to India, Israel and other faraway destinations to check in on projects. Work will also get done faster with two shifts. ( News Courtesy : Forbes)

The firm has already secured considerable VC funding towards the purchase of the ship.

So wanna code on a ship ?


  • Can I have a contact info please.? Just kidding.

    Coding in the sea..won't be an easy task. Sea sickness will bother programmers I bet.!

    Anyways, novel idea. ! Hope it works out for those guys.!

    By Blogger Narayanan Venkitu, at 8:02 AM  

  • Thats a very nove(a)l idea I shud say!!..but who would stay on a ship for days together!!

    By Blogger Krish, at 3:59 PM  

  • Close on the lines of boat casinos ?


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:01 PM  

  • venkitu , Krish -- perhaps the ships are replete with all facilities and frolic ! Don't IT firms do such things for employee retention ?

    Hari, yeah kind of. didn't know boat casinoes existed !

    By Blogger Cogito, at 9:42 PM  

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