So how do the world’s leading innovators spend their down time? Checking out the work of other technology giants of course. Gathered at Crystal Lagoons’ first ever lagoon, in San Alfonso del Mar, Chile, some of Silicon Valley’s best and brainiest took a tour of the 8 hectare crystalline lagoon that started a global revolution in real estate.
Among them were i-Phone co-creator Andy Grignon, Minecraft creator Jens Bergensten, Parse & Scribd founder Tikhon Bernstam, Hyperloop Transportation Technologies Deputy Chair Bibop Gresta, Dreamers and Doers founder Gesche Hass and Mojang web developer Kris Jelbring.
Crystal Lagoons founder Fernando Fischmann, a real estate developer and bio-chemist, developed the ground-breaking technology for the Santiago resort development which opened in 2007 and today the company has more than 300 lagoons at various stages of development and 12 offices across the globe, including a Sydney base which opened early this year. The revolutionary technology allows the creation of crystal clear lagoons of unlimited size using any type of water, salt, fresh or brackish.
Worldwide, Crystal Lagoons has created more than 40,000 jobs, and this figure would reach upwards of 700,000 jobs by 2020 with its projects.
In the United States, where the company is based, it has 13 lagoons under development in casino, resort and residential settings. Another 55 are in negotiation on projects with a combined value of almost $54 billion and the company is pushing further into industrial applications with its low cost and sustainable water purification and cooling technologies.