Dan Dascalescu is a serial entrepreneur and web developer based in Silicon Valley. He is currently a Developer Advocate at Google.
Dan has previously co-founded Blueseed (the startup community on a ship in international waters), two web startups he built the MVPs for using Meteor.js, and the Quantified Self Forum (a community for self trackers).
Dan has also worked in corporate governance at Google, and in in globalization and information management at Yahoo! He is a supporter of Bitcoin, seasteading (exploring the possibilities of ocean-based micro-nations) and open source software.
Dan's first startup, Blueseed, was the first attempt at a startup community at sea. Blueseed would convert a cruise ship into a live/work/play space designed to encourage innovation and creativity (nicknamed by the press "the Googleplex of the Sea"), and would station it 12 nautical miles from the coast of Silicon Valley, in international waters outside the jurisdiction of the United States. Foreign entrepreneurs would be able to legally work on the ship without the need for a US work visa, and to travel to the mainland via ferry using easy-to-obtain business/tourist visas. Dan is also an ambassador for seasteading, the movement working to enable ocean communities - floating cities - which will allow the next generation of pioneers to peacefully test new ideas for government. The most successful can then inspire change in governments around the world.
Prior to Blueseed, Dan founded the Quantified Self Forum, a community for those passionate about self-tracking and related technologies, and spoke at the QS2011 and QS2013 conferences.
Dan studied Computer Science in Romania and scored 2nd place nationwide at the Olympiad in Informatics. He has also taken classes in nanotechnology and molecular biology in Silicon Valley, where he has been living since fall 2004. He is passionate about emergent technologies, critical thinking, transhumanism, psychology, and business development.
Dan was featured in numerous articles in the Romanian, American and international press and was named #1 Romanian entrepreneur to watch in 2013 by WallStreet.ro. He has spoken at MIT, Stanford, on BBC Radio, and at many startup events.
Dan's most recent talk was on Blueseed and Bitcoin, the crypto-currency that enables instant and worldwide peer-to-peer transactions, with low or zero processing fees, and without a central issuing bank.
Nov, 2015 - Current (12 months)
May, 2011 - Current (over 5 years)
May, 2011 - Current (over 5 years)
Board & Advisor Roles (2)Update
BS, Computer Science2003
|Nov 5, 2013||itespresso.es - Blueseed, la pionera de las start-ups flotantes|
|Nov 1, 2013||globalpost.com - Silicon Valley goes to sea in search of new horizons|
|Oct 21, 2013||Financial Post - 'Nerd heaven': Startup cruise ship helps foreign entrepreneurs skirt U.S. immigration rules|
|Sep 18, 2013||innovation.uk.msn.com - The amazing new cities on the sea|
|Jul 16, 2013||Wired News - The Cheat Code to Life|
|Jun 21, 2013||Coindesk - BitAngels floats Blueseed's boat - CoinDesk|
|Jun 17, 2013||francetvinfo.fr - VIDEO. Une île flottante au large des côtes de la Silicon Valley|
|Apr 26, 2013||ABC News - Tech - Floating Colony Planned for Foreign High-Tech Workers|
Enabling floating city communities
- BBC Radio 5: Blueseed CTO Dan Dascalescu on Outriders with Jamilla Knowles, 2012-Jan
- Dan Dascalescu: Meteor for enterprise apps -- Devshop SF Jan 2015
- Blueseed, the DIY Bitcoin jurisdiction | Dan Dascalescu at Bitcoin2013
- Dan Dascalescu - A 30 Day Trial of the Slow Carb Diet
- Dan Dascalescu - Social innovation through seasteading and Blueseed, 2012-Mar
- Dan Dascalescu: Autopublishing third party packages -- Devshop SF Feb 2015