There are people that could just fade away and you wouldn’t lose too much sleep over it. Kim Dotcom, oft arrested “hacker and entrepreneur” turned MegaUpload founder is certainly one of these people. Unfortunately, when you’re nearly 300 lbs, rich and nearly over 6’7″ that’s easier said than done.
In a recent tweet, Mr. Dotcom (that seems so wrong to type) tweeted, “I’m planing a Venture Capital Fund for privacy startups. I’m looking for partners & fund managers. Please email: email@example.com.”
Kim, who was nothing short of a scourge on the German legal system, and at the same time, an indictment of the German legal system that either suspended his sentences, expunged his record, or just gave him a free pass. This behavior for some was his “chronic felonious nature” or for others, an indictment of a system that seems progressive to the point of ineffectual.
Kim Dotcom in Hong Kong
After twice facing various charges in Germany, Mr. Dotcom took up residency in Hong Kong where he started MegaUpload in 2003 under the company name Data Protect Limited, which was changed to MegaUpload in 2005. When speaking of Hong Kong, Dotcom said, “Hong Kong, what an awesome place to do business and to host my new phantom persona. I should write a book about doing business in Hong Kong, that’s how good it is.”
Obviously, this guy still has a bunch of money, additionally silly names, and a checkered past when he sought permanent residency in New Zealand. It was of course in New Zealand that he became famous for the raid and the shutdown of MegaUpload that made him a household name.
Donates To Charities In New Zealand
In connection with that case, New Zealand’s Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) spied on Dotcom to gather information about him prior to an arrest. But the GCSB isn’t allowed to spy on its citizens and conducted surveillance on Dotcom under the false impression that he was not yet a New Zealand citizen. He was and this “persecution” cost a number of people their reputations when Mr. Dotcom made it clear that he contributed to a number of charitable organizations and political campaigns in New Zealand.
Now, he’s back in the news certainly owing to the Snowden leaks and is looking to protect people from privacy issues through this new venture fund that was recently reported by CNET.
God help us.