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A Plan to Offshore ... Just 3 Miles Out

Monty Solomon (
Sun, 1 May 2005 11:41:20 -0400

By Hiawatha Bray | April 25, 2005

Don't start with the pirate gags -- eye patches, pieces of eight,
Johnny Depp with a cutlass. David Cook and Roger Green have heard them

Still, it is hard to resist the analogy. Here we are, with thousands
of American software engineers clamoring for more work, and these two
guys have a plan to carry even more jobs offshore. Not to India this
time, or to China. Just ... offshore. They figure three miles out in
the Pacific should be far enough.

Roger Green is a software entrepreneur. David Cook was once a
supertanker skipper who spent 15 years hauling crude oil through the
world's sea lanes. Now the two men have announced a remarkable venture
called SeaCode, a company that plans to hire 600 superb software
designers from every corner of the world and house them in a luxury
cruise ship just out of reach of US immigration law -- but close
enough to bid on multimillion-dollar US software contracts.

It sounds goofy, but Cook and Green say that since news of their plan
got out last week, their website's nearly been hammered flat by
engineers around the world who are eager to sign on. Of course the
SeaCode concept isn't nearly as popular with Americans worried about
the loss of jobs to foreign competitors.

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