Dan Dascalescu

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Dan Dascalescu
Dan Dascalescu presenting Blueseed at the Bitcoin 2013 conference.jpg
Dan Dascalescu presents at Bitcoin 2013
Born1980/1981 (age 37–38)[1]
ResidenceSilicon Valley[2]
OccupationEntrepreneur
Known forBlueseed
Websitehttp://dandascalescu.com

Dan Dascalescu is a Romanian-American entrepreneur based in Silicon Valley, who co-founded[3] the ship-based seed accelerator project Blueseed in an attempt to allow entrepreneurs to start companies near Silicon Valley without US visa restrictions. He was previously a software engineer at Yahoo! and is an ambassador for The Seasteading Institute, a think tank researching ocean communities.[4]

Biography[edit]

Dascalescu was born in Romania and immigrated into Silicon Valley in fall 2004,[2] after facing visa issues. He applied for a green card in 2007[1] and received it in April 2013.[5] Dascalescu cited his visa difficulties as an inspiration for Blueseed, a startup accelerator that would avoid immigration restrictions by being located on a ship in international waters.[4]

Before Blueseed, Dascalescu worked at Yahoo! as a software globalization developer and open-source contributor,[6] and became an ambassador for the Seasteading Institute[7] and founded the Quantified Self Forum, an online community for users passionate about self-tracking.[8]

While in Romania, he translated books on TCP/IP networking[9] and on building web applications.[10] Dascalescu has a degree in Computer Science, with published papers on knowledge modeling[11] and robotics.[12]

Blueseed[edit]

Blueseed is a startup community project that Dascalescu co-founded with Seasteading Institute colleagues Max Marty and Dario Mutabdzija, and served as CIO for. The project is preparing to launch a ship near Silicon Valley to serve as a startup community and entrepreneurial incubator without United States work visa requirements. The platform is set to offer living and office space, high-speed Internet connectivity, and regular ferry service to the mainland.[13][14] The existence of the project is due to the lack of U.S. visas for entrepreneurs. Instead, customers will use the much easier to obtain B-1/B-2 visas to travel to the mainland, while work will be done exclusively on the ship.[13][14]

On July 31, 2013, Dascalescu became COO of Blueseed, after CEO Max Marty announced he was stepping back from day-to-day operations.[15]

Appearances[edit]

Dascalescu has spoken at Stanford University[16] and has been interviewed on BBC,[17] Romanian TV station Nașul TV,[18] TV Tokyo[19] and France 2.[20] After speaking at the Bitcoin 2013 conference,[21] he was interviewed on Free Talk Live.[22]

Personal[edit]

Dascalescu's interests include transhumanism,[23] life extension,[24] physical fitness and self-quantification. He completed the P90X program and presented his findings at the 2011 Quantified Self conference, contrasting it with the Occam Protocol described by Tim Ferriss in Four Hour Body.[25] He is an open-source contributor[26] and a supporter of the cryptocurrency Bitcoin.[21]

Wall Street Romania named Dascalescu "#1 Romanian entrepreneur to watch in 2013".[27]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Wiersema, Alisa. "Startup Aims to Skirt Visa Limits With Cruise Ship for Foreign High-Tech Workers". ABC News.
  2. ^ a b "Today I celebrate 9 years since I got my visa to come to the San Francisco Bay Area". September 24, 2013.
  3. ^ "GET RICH QUICK: LAUNCH A STARTUP AT SEA". Wired (website). July 16, 2013.
  4. ^ a b Rogers, Mate (May 21, 2012). "Visa-Free Startup Community Off California Coast". FOX Business.
  5. ^ "Got my U.S. permanent resident (green) card!". April 7, 2013.
  6. ^ "PHP parser released". October 28, 2008.
  7. ^ "Dan Dascalescu". Ambassadors. The Seasteading Institute. September 28, 2013.
  8. ^ "StartUPTalk Radio Premiers With Dan Dascalescu, CIO Of Blueseed, Floating High Tech Incubator". Mar 9, 2012.
  9. ^ Tim Parker; Mark Sportack (2002). TCP/IP : Unleashed (in Romanian). Bucharest: Teora. Retrieved 28 September 2013. trad. de Dan Dăscălescu
  10. ^ Esposito, Dino (2003). Soluţii WEB cu ASP.NET şi ADO.NET (in Romanian). Bucharest: Teora. Retrieved 28 September 2013. trad. de Dan Dăscălescu
  11. ^ Pecheanu, Emilia; Diana Stefanescu; Adrian Istrate; Dan Dascalescu (2004). "CONCEPTUALLY MODELING THE DOMAIN KNOWLEDGE FOR ASSISTED LEARNING IN AN IT DISCIPLINE". Proceedings of the International Conference on Computer aided learning in Engineering Education–CALIE. Department of Computer Science, "Dunarea de Jos" University of Galati. 4: 215–221.
  12. ^ Claudiu Chiculita; Dan Dascalescu; Laurentiu Frangu (2002). "SIMULATOR FOR COOPERATION AND COMPETITION OF MOBILE ROBOTS" (PDF). University of Galati, Dept. of Automatic Control, Industrial Informatics and Electronics. Archived from the original (PDF) on 28 September 2013. Retrieved 28 September 2013.
  13. ^ a b Lee, Timothy (2011-11-29). "Startup hopes to hack the immigration system with a floating incubator". Ars Technica. Retrieved 30 November 2011.
  14. ^ a b Donald, Brooke (16 December 2011). "Blueseed Startup Sees Entrepreneur-Ship as Visa Solution for Silicon Valley". Huffington Post. Retrieved 12 March 2011.
  15. ^ Marty, Max (2013-07-31). "Two years of Blueseed". Blueseed. Archived from the original on 2013-08-21. Retrieved 2013-07-31.
  16. ^ Dan Dascalescu - Social innovation through seasteading and Blueseed, 2012-Mar (video).
  17. ^ BBC Radio 5: Blueseed CTO Dan Dascalescu on Outriders with Jamilla Knowles, 2012-Jan (video).
  18. ^ Blueseed CIO Dan Dascalescu on Nasul.TV, 2012-Jun (video).
  19. ^ TV Tokyo - Blueseed co-founder Dan Dascalescu, 2013-May (video).
  20. ^ France 2 - Blueseed co-founder Dan Dascalescu, 2013-Jun (video).
  21. ^ a b "Blueseed, the DIY Bitcoin jurisdiction | Dan Dascalescu at Bitcoin2013" (video).
  22. ^ Free Talk Live @ Bitcoin2013 - Dan Dascalescu, Blueseed co-founder & CTO (video).
  23. ^ "Advancing Humanity Symposium". Stanford Transhumanist Association. March 3, 2012.
  24. ^ "Life Extension Conference". 2012. 2012 Conference Summary by Dan Dascalescu
  25. ^ "Tony Horton's P90X vs. Timothy Ferriss' Occam's Protocol". July 1, 2011. Archived from the original on 2013-03-16.
  26. ^ "Meteor 0.5.1: database scaling". Meteor (platform). November 20, 2012.
  27. ^ "Fii cu ochii pe ei! 13 antreprenori romani "de urmarit" in 2013" (in Romanian). January 7, 2013.