Is he crazy or just smart?
One of the most controversial and polarizing figures in the history of Silicon Valley is back in town.
Software security pioneer John McAfee is launching a new company called 'Future Tense.'
He says it’s a place where you can exchange information that cannot be accessed by the NSA or anyone else.
McAfee is scheduled to announce his new product this weekend at a conference in San Jose.
He was short on details in his exclusive interview with NBC Bay Area.
“Um, I can tell you that I think the first local network is a solution to our problems of privacy and hackability that's completely in flux,” McAfee said.
McAfee said although he doesn’t have an office in the Bay Area yet, he will get one.
He said Future Tense currently has seven people, adding one of them in currently in jail. He wouldn’t give any names but said he is a very famous hacker.
When asked why he’s back in the tech game, he said because it’s part of his DNA. "I'm no more crazy than I ever was.
My perception of being off the wall is quite a bit stronger now. I just need them to pay close enough attention that they will hear what they have to say.
What they think of me afterwards is well, that's their issue,” McAfee said.
As he launches his new company, the Silicon Valley pioneer took a swipe at Google, comparing it's culture to the Chinese.
You can watch that portion of our conversation below: