It seems to be comeback time for shamed tech entrepreneurs. After, Kim Dotcom's plans to enter politics and his decision to quit Mega to pursue other projects, it is now the turn of disgraced anti-virus software pioneer John McAfee. Mr McAfee, 67, aims to make the Internet safer for everyone and promises to launch a new cyber-security company to do so.
"My new technology is going to provide a new type of Internet, a decentralized, floating and moving Internet that is impossible to hack, impossible to penetrate and vastly superior in terms of its facility and neutrality. It solves all of our security concerns," McAfee is reported to have told San Jose Mercury News during an interview.
McAfee has lived a colorful lifestyle and has had run-ins with the law. Despite this though, he remains to be one of the most prominent entrepreneurs in the history of Silicon Valley.
In 1989, he founded the anti-virus software company that continues to bears his name in Santa Clara. Accordingly to reports, the company was once worth an estimated $100 million. Today, McAfee remains one of the largest anti-virus companies in the world.
Among his infamous run-ins with the law, the police in Belize still want to talk to McAfee who remains wanted as a "person of interest" in the shooting death of his neighbour, police spokesman Rafael Martinez was quoted in the newspaper as saying.
There has been no arrests in connection with the November killing of Gregory Viant Faull, a 52-year-old fellow expatriate. Faull had well-publicized run-ins with McAfee in Belize before he was found dead with a single gunshot in his head, the newspaper said.
In the wake of rising suspicion and rather than facing questions, McAfee fled into the jungle with one of his girlfriends, 20-year-old Sam Vanegas.
As authorities pursued him, McAfee hid by burying himself in the sand with a cardboard box over his head so he could breathe.
He later fled into neighbouring Guatemala only to be detained. But he played the "crazy card" by faking a heart attack to buy time for a deportation hearing.
All the time he was on the run or in custody, he wrote cryptic blog posts, mis-directing authorities and fuelling worldwide media frenzy.
"Of course I arranged all of that," McAfee told the newspaper during the interview.
"How are they (Belizean authorities) going to whack me if every newspaper in the world is looking?"
"You have to be willing to sacrifice a bit of your public persona to get the media to feed on you. I'm willing to do that. As long as you're honest to the press, as long as your stories are consistent and you can feel good when you go to bed, it doesn't matter what they say as long as they spell your name right."
Presently living in Portland, Ore., McAfee told the newspaper that he will be commuting to Silicon Valley if his new company takes off.
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