- John McAfee
Rumors that Intel is thinking about selling off its security division surfaced on Monday.
John McAfee, founder of McAfee, never understood the relationship between Intel and McAfee.
He told Business Insider:
“I never understood why a chip manufacturer would have purchased a suite of software security products in the first place. The product development and maintenance processes are radically different, as are the marketing and sales processes. And there is virtually no customer overlap.”
McAfee sold his shares of the company in the late 1990s, separating himself from the company.
Since then, McAfee moved to Belize and then fled after being accused – but never charged – of murdering his neighbor. More recently, McAfee ran for US president as a member of the Libertarian Party and was recently named CEO of MGT Capital.
Intel recently reported that it would be cutting thousands of jobs in an effort to narrow its focus at a time when Wall Street says that the company is loosing its grip on its core business. Intel shares have fallen 7% so far this year.
The company bought McAfee in the hopes of integrating its technology directly into chips. John McAfee doesn’t think that it was a good idea in the first place.
“It is like a car manufacturer suddenly deciding to get into the skateboard business,” McAfee said. “It never made sense to me.”