Campaigning for the 2020 Presidency – John McAfee on Christopher Lochhead’s Follow Your Different

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Key Takeaways

  • Back in the 1980s and ‘90s, Silicon Valley was a hotbed of dreams and ideas. Today, however, it’s much, much different.
    • “Everyone you met in your circle did something or showed you something which opened your mind to the potential of digital technology. And trust me, that’s not there anymore.” – John McAfee
  • Steve Jobs only bathed once a month because he was so busy working
  • Larry Ellison was a womanizer 
  • Although running, John doesn’t care who gets elected as the next President because it doesn’t change anything for the average American
    • “It doesn’t matter who you elect President… Thank God it doesn’t ’cause if it did, we would be f*cked. Look at who we vote for.” – John McAfee

Intro

  • John McAfee (@officialmcafee) is a British-American computer programmer and businessman. He founded the software company McAfee in 1987 and ran it until 1994,
    • John is currently a 2020 U.S Presidential candidate
  • Host – Christopher Lochhead (@lochhead)

The Early Days of Silicon Valley  

  • Back in the 1980s and ‘90s, Silicon Valley was a hotbed of dreams and ideas
    • “It was a time of open exchange. No one kept anything close to their breast… You can’t get rich by hiding what you know.” – John McAfee
  • 🎧 John describes the old Silicon Valley as “heaven”
    • He’s also candid that he doesn’t know anything about the area now, as he left it over 25 years ago
      • “Everyone you met in your circle did something or showed you something which opened your mind to the potential of digital technology. And trust me, that’s not there anymore.”John McAfee

Steve Jobs Never Bathed

  • 🎧 “Steve Jobs, as an example, never f***ing bathed, not to my knowledge. I met him at a party once and I could smell him across the room. That was just his thing; he did not have f***ing time to take a bath. – John McAfee
    • 🎧 Similarly, John worked 18 hours a day, 7 days a week for 2 years
      • Why? – “Not because I had to, but because I f*ckin’ loved it. I love what I was doing.
  • John also knew Larry Ellison, whom he calls him a “brilliant programmer,” but says he had absolutely no social graces
    • At the time of being the third richest man in the world, Larry once went on a dating show: “Larry was not looking for a wife, he was just looking to f*ck ten women a day’ – John McAfee

Presidents & The CIA

  • John, who’s running as a Libertarian, is a 2020 U.S Presidential candidate – this is the second time he’s entering the race
  • John believes John F. Kennedy was shot for trying to dismantle the CIA
    • (The CIA was McAfee’s largest customer)
    • John also believes the CIA lied to the President and Congress about Iraq having nuclear weapons 
      • Additionally, John believes the CIA often withholds information from the President (so that the President acts in the best interest of the agency)
  • 🎧 John doesn’t care who gets elected as the next President because it doesn’t change anything for the average American
    • “It doesn’t matter who you elect President… Thank God it doesn’t ’cause if it did, we would be f*cked. Look at who we vote for.” – John McAfee
    • Presidents today don’t have the interests of Americans at heart – they’re simply power-hungry and are willing to spend tens of millions of dollars to get elected

Additional Notes

  • John McAfee almost did a deal with Kim Dotcom, but withdrew the idea after Nolan Bushnell mentioned that Kim was wanted by the U.S. government and any connection could land McAfee in legal trouble
    • Kim wasn’t happy about this – the two have a rocky relationship to this day
  • Mentioned above, John was close friends with Nolan Bushnell, one of the founders of Atari and Chuck E. Cheese
    • Fun facts:
      • The word “Atari” means “check” in the game of Go
      • Japanese military dictators (AKA Shōguns) would often play Go instead of going to war to solve disagreements
        • “If you can beat somebody in the game of Go, well, you can sure as hell beat them on the battlefield” – John McAfee
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