This feels like a daytime TV special on former rockstars, asking: where are they now? The weekend's broadsheets profile two 1990s entrepreneurs, John McAfee of McAfee Software and David Hayden of Critical Path, in their retirements. The contrast between them — models of two alternate futures for every founder — couldn't be greater. 61-year-old McAfee, who sold his virus protection company in 1997, lives as a "sky gypsy" in New Mexico, roaming the desert in a microlight with a much younger girlfriend, reports the Wall Street Journal. There's a bleaker picture of the entrepreneurial life in the New York Times: Hayden's selling off paintings and furniture to pay bills, and struggling to save his latest startup, Jeteye. A $24m claim by his personal bankers, currently going through the courts, would bankrupt him. The moral of the story? Sell while you can, I suppose: Hayden borrowed money on the back of his stock in Critical Path, which then evaporated in value. Alternative moral: just be lucky.
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