John David McAfee is a British-American computer programmer and businessman. He founded the software company McAfee Associates in 1987 and ran it until 1994, when he resigned from the company. He has also shown interests in smartphone apps, yoga, and all-natural antibiotics.
Now add cryptos.
John McAfee has announced the launch of McAfee coin and its ICO while predicting that Bitcoin will skyrocket to millions per coin.
JOHN MCAFEE ANNOUNCES MCF
Despite the recent downturn in the cryptocurrency markets, the Initial Coin Offering (ICO) frenzy seems far from over, as new projects continue to pop up. Most recently, a familiar name has appeared among these blockchain-based projects, one that has turned heads in the space: McAfee Coin.
John McAfee, a name that has earned recognition both within and outside of the cryptocurrency sphere, posted the official link to the official McAfee Coin website today via twitter. Though the announcement has left members of the community baffled, this wasn’t even McAfee’s most intriguing tweet of the day.
Bitcoub's low of $1,800+ yesterday simply could not be maintained. In the long term Bitcoin moves above $500,000 within three years. Bets?
— John McAfee (@officialmcafee) July 17, 2017
McAfee is clearly bullish on Bitcoin though admitting that he currently holds no bitcoin himself. However, he’s predicting BTC will move above $500,000 USD in three years and possibly reach as high as $2.6 million. He even went as far as to back up his prediction with the following comment:
McAfee’s confidence in the future of Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies is certainly one of the driving factors for the creation of MCF.
SO, WHAT IS MCAFEE COIN?
The McAfee coin, which will have its own Initial Coin Offeringcampaign, seems to be part of a bigger system designed to help fund startups and project. Taking the form of a corporation, the McAfee Crowdchain Accelerator Inc. is currently spearheaded by its three founders: Yale Reisoleil, co-founder, chairman and CEO; John Mcafee co-founder and director; John Zhu, co-founder, director and COO.
Although it’s not 100% clear what role the McAfee Coin (MCF) will play within the McAfee Crowdchain Accelerator Inc. (McAfeeXL), the company’s purpose is clear: a startup accelerator that aims to get early stage-companies off the ground by providing them with the tools and help they require.
To do so, MCAFEEXL counts with the participation of a “star-studded team of entrepreneurs, market strategists and business experts.” The website reads:
We think hackers are most productive when they can spend most of their time hacking. Our goal is to create an environment where you can focus exclusively on getting an initial version built. Selected group of graduates of the Accelerate programs will receive more funding from our own investment funds and other institutional investors around the world.
However, we do get a few hints on how the MCF token will allow its holders to be involved in the project. According to the website, McAfee Coin holders will be part of the investment team and will be involved in the decision-making process. This means that users will be allowed to evaluate teams in the Accelerator programs, as well as their allocation of later stage funding.
MCAFEE IN CRYPTOLAND
If you’re somewhat new to the cryptocurrency world, you may be surprised to see the founder of the McAfee antivirus involved in an initial coin offering campaign. However, John McAfee has been dipping his toes in the blockchain waters for a while now, earning experience in cryptocurrency mining and investments.
Being appointed as CEO of MGT Capital Investments, John McAfee has turned the company into a cybersecurity firm and shifted its focus towards mining as a means to turn the company’s losses into profits. In 2016, the first large-scale Bitcoin mining operation by MGT Capital Investments took off with over 2.6 PetaHash of mining power, later expanding to more than 5 PetaHash.
Last month, MGT Capital Investments announced a pilot program to mine Ether. Through an agreement made with Bit5ive LLC, MGT Capital Investments will purchase up to 60 graphics processor-based mining computers which will use high-end graphic cards and CPUs to mine both Ethereum (ETH) and Ethereum Classic (ETC). At the time, John McAfee stated:
We are more convinced each day of the growth and value of digital currencies, and our Company is uniquely positioned to be a leading provider of processing power to relevant blockchains. The addition of Ethereum and Ethereum Classic to our crypto mining strategies is expected to be very profitable for us.
Earlier this year, MGT has also announced the upcoming launch of its Bitcoin Mining Pool whose launch is scheduled for the second quarter of 2017. McAfee has confirmed, however, that MGT Capital Investments will not be fully reliant on cryptocurrency earnings and will also continue to focus on cybersecurity.
Are you intrigued by John McAfee’s latest venture? Will he continue to make waves in the cryptocurrency space? Let us know what you think in the comment section.