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A PLAN TO OFFSHORE . . . JUST 3 MILES OUT
[THIRD Edition]
Boston Globe - Boston, Mass.
Subjects: Ships; Outsourcing; Software engineering
Author: Bray, Hiawatha
Date: Apr 25, 2005
Start Page: C.3
Section: Business
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[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.

With their expenses covered by SeaCode, these nautical nerds will have plenty of spare doubloons to spend. Green said that SeaCode will pay them several times what they could earn in countries like India. But Green admits his employees will still get much less than US engineers.

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